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Practices of Effective Teams Why Teams?
Why Importance of Teams
Operating Assumptions Work quality improves with multiple insights
Individuals are more committed who have a
voice Impressive Results
Impressive Texas Instruments (70% increase in
Kodak (100% increase in customer
K-Shoes (reduced production time
from 12 to 1 day per pair of shoes)
from Downsides of Teams
Downsides More expensive (time and dollars)
Potentially ineffective Examining Processes
Team processes must be examined, discussed,
and taught explicitly (Rhodes 1981) Developing Effective Teams
“Brilliant individuals can flounder in team.”
I Sing the Body Electric (Moody 1995) Seven Practices of Effective Teams
Seven Sharing Vision
Enlarging pool of meaning
Holding effective meetings
Improving continuously 1. Sharing a Common Vision
1. Creating a mission statement
Establishing ground rules 2. Establishing the Right Climate
2. Making it “safe to say”
Right-hand vs. left hand columns 3. Enlarging the Pool of
Available 4. Adhering to Good Meeting
Agenda items timed
Follow up 5. Working Efficiently
5. Makes timely decisions
Have clearly defined roles 6. Requiring Accountability
Trust 7. Improving Continuously
Seek help as needed Final Thoughts
Final Make sure a team is needed.
Invest needed time up front.
Realize some work is best done individually.
Give teams real work. ...
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- Fall '11
- The A-Team, Left-handedness, effective teams