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The Science of Teambuilding
"Tell me about a time you worked with a team." It is a common interview question, one many of us have heard before. If you're like me, a flood of past teams comes cascading into your brain, some good and others not so good. There is the team where you had to the do all ...

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Psychological safety in team building

Team members need to feel comfortable speaking up to create the communication dynamics necessary for success.

It all comes down to trust, which is one of the characteristics teambuilding...

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For an effective teambuilding:

  • Think outside the box when defining the format that works best for all team-members;
  • Avoid activities where people are singled out and might feel embarrassed. These creat...

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Storming

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A little conflict is needed to bring upfront weak spots in projects and to bring new valid arguments to the table. But constant storming leads to the destruction of productivity, projects, and ultimately, the team itself.

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  • Teams with a higher proportion of women have better collective intelligence.

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