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Six Tactics for Replication

The challenge for business leaders is to create an integrated approach that helps realize the gains available from implementing best practices. These six tactics can help you ensure timely replication:

1. Determine the size of the opportunity.
2. Scope for replication.
3. Align goals and incentives.
4. Establish an effective knowledge management system.
5. Develop communities of practice.
6. Establish guidelines for knowledge preservation.

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1001 Ways to Reward Employees

Top five motivating techniques reported by employees:
1. The manager personally congratulates employees who do a good job.
2. The manager writes personal notes about good performance.
3. The organization uses performance as the basis for promotion.
4. The manager publicly recognizes employees for good performance.
5. The manager holds morale-building meetings to celebrate success.

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Crowdsourcing Innovation: How To Make Sure You Spot The Best Ideas

Crowdsourcing Innovation: How To Make Sure You Spot The Best Ideas | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

The collective is a powerful thing. Crowdsourcing competitions can draw huge results.  The wisdom of the crowds isn’t just about picking a single winner.  Collectively, the submitted ideas are a window into consumers’ minds.  The clustering in the students’ proposed solutions contained information about their underlying needs for interaction, engagement, challenge, and stimulation.

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Managing Conflict in a Small Team Setting

There are three basic causes of conflict in a small-team setting: Information, Goals/Roles, and Values. The article offers practical ways of resolving conflict with a list of questions and includes a link to a conflict resolution questionnaire.

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Learning Object: Empowerment

Learning Object: Empowerment | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

Empowerment is the art of inspiring another person. The challenge here is to learn how to empower yourself-giving yourself permission to "be all that you can be." Empowerment isn't just bravado: it involves responsibility as well as vision. It means believing in yourself and taking actions on your own behalf.

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Teamwork Skills: Being an Effective Group Member

Teamwork Skills: Being an Effective Group Member | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

To function successfully in a small group, students need to be able to communicate clearly on intellectual and emotional levels. Effective communicators:

can explain their own ideas express their feelings in an open but non-threatening way listen carefully to others ask questions to clarify others’ ideas and emotions can sense how others feel based on their nonverbal communication will initiate conversations about group climate or process if they sense tensions brewing reflect on the activities and interactions of their group and encourage other group members to do so as well
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7 Insights into Employee Engagement

7 Insights into Employee Engagement | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is a three-way process and requires responsibility, accountability and ownership from employer, employees and the organization.
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Five Dysfunctions Products - Products & Solutions : The Table Group: A Patrick Lencioni Company

The Consulting Firm of Patrick Lencioni...
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Constructing a TEAM IDENTITY

Constructing a TEAM IDENTITY | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

If you leading a team and are trying to mould it into a cohesive unit, here are a few things that you need to keep sight of:

1) Role & Expectation clarity

2) Rules of Engagement

3) Knowing each other better

4) Shared Aspiration & Pride

5) Shared memories & Team stories

6) Symbols, Names, Logos


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The Dysfunctional Team | Stanford Entrepreneurship Lecture

The Dysfunctional Team | Stanford Entrepreneurship Lecture | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

Jung talks about the irregularities in team dynamics. He stresses that the timing of conflict is very important and one needs to work together as a team to sort out issues. He also insists that if necessary, the team should get professional help, usually through mediation, to address team dysfunctions.

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The Hard Science of Teamwork

The Hard Science of Teamwork | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

Like many people, I've encountered teams that are "clicking." I've experienced the "buzz" of a group that's blazing away with new ideas in a way that makes it seem they can read each others' minds. Our data show that great teams:

Communicate frequently Talk and listen in equal measure, equally among members Engage in frequent informal communication Explore for ideas and information outside the group
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Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Canadian Organizations

Ninety-seven per cent of organizations have
rewards and recognition programs in place.


The average amount spent on recognition
annually is $175 per employee.


Flexibility and variety are key features of many
organizations’ recognition programs.

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Role Survey

This instrument is designed to help an organization determine its level of readiness for implementing
organizational learning and evaluation practices and processes that support it. The instrument’s results
can be used to:
 Identify the existence of learning organization characteristics
 Diagnose interest in conducting evaluation that facilitates organizational learning
 Identify areas of strength to leverage evaluative inquiry processes
 Identify areas in need of organizational change and development.

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Conflict resolution in teams

Randall S. Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, presents a short case about resolving conflict within a group or team. There is no right answer as the assesment of culprits in a team situation depends on values. It reviews task and relatonship conflict, diversity in teams, different decision making processes and implementation strategies.

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Resolving Team Conflict - Team Management Training

Resolving Team Conflict - Team Management Training | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it
Conflict in a team setting is OK, as long as it's managed effectively. Learn about a three-step model that helps you do this.

Step 1: Prepare for Resolution

Step 2: Understand the Situation

Step 3: Reach Agreement

 

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Teamwork: Blend Online and Offline Communication for Success

Teamwork: Blend Online and Offline Communication for Success | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

Teamwork is the key to efficiency and the hallmark of successful enterprises. Forming a traditional team or an e-team are both excellent ways to assign specific tasks and take advantage of the collective knowledge of a group. In many cases, geographical barriers make online collaboration a necessity. Yet when possible, teams should meet face-to-face, at least at certain junctures during a project or task, to experience greater success.

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Increase Your Team's Motivation Five-Fold

Increase Your Team's Motivation Five-Fold | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

In a famous experiment, researchers ran a lottery with a twist. Half the participants were randomly assigned a lottery number.This result reveals an inconvenient truth about human nature: When we choose for ourselves, we are far more committed to the outcome — by a factor of five to one.

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Effective Meeting Facilitation: The Sine Qua Non of Planning

This articles discusses the steps required for meeting facilitation: Identify the purpose, or expected outcome, of the meeting. Make sure the right people will be there. Develop the agenda. Prepare necessary materials. Double check the room set up. Lead the meeting as a facilitator Agree on ground rules Practice facilitation skills Use consensus-building decision making techniques Be prepared to handle conflict as it surfaces Clarify "next steps" and assignments Reflect on effectiveness of the meeting (evaluation)
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Death by Meeting - Books : The Table Group: A Patrick Lencioni Company

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Icebreaker games collection

Icebreaker games collection | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

Small group questions:

- What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

- What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…


Medium group questions:

- If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and who would you want to play you?

- What’s the ideal dream job for you?

- What are your favorite hobbies?


Medium group activities: 

- Photo Scavenger Hunt  — the goal is to bringing back digital photos of places and things.

- Trust walk - A leader steers a partner around obstacles using verbal or nonverbal instructions.

- Who Done It? - reveals interesting (and sometimes incredible!) things people have done.

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Team Selection in a Startup | Stanford Entrepreneurship Lecture

Team Selection in a Startup | Stanford Entrepreneurship Lecture | Teamwork and Organizations | Scoop.it

It is very important for a startup to have the right mix of people for the venture to be successful, he says.The selection process is critical to making a great team. It is important to look at values, comittment, goals, having a common understanding of success. It is important to talk about these issues upfront just as you would do while you are selecting a roomate.

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