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Teams at their best

Teams reach their highest performance level whenever each individual, as a part of them, learns how to develop and specialize in a certain field, providing to his or her team the means to further collective improvement.

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Teamwork is perceived as being extremely efficient in our everyday working structure, as it develops social skills in addition to enabling a faster achievement of goals.

However, each and every person who is part of the team has to give his or her best in order for the team itself to functi...

The moment the members of a team have reached a certain level of communication and agreement related to the team's general goals, it becomes easier to make the transition from the individual work to the collective one. 

Moreover, the team is now more likely to have greater success, as ...

True teamwork is defined by common goals, work methods and a shared vision. Furthermore, the mutual support makes the goals more attainable overall.

The so-called 'working groups' tend to be successful as long as the issue that needs to be solved has a low level of complexity. However, for goals that are more challenging, they seldom prove to be useful.

Whenever a working group has as goal to become a real team, difficulties are to be expected. Going from working individually to working together, as a team, requires great skills of leadership as well as determination and patience from every single member of the team.

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Be clear about your goal

The team understands the goals and committed to attaining them. This clear direction and agreement on mission and purpose are essential for effective teamwork.

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Dr. Bruce Tuckman, a psychology professor, synthesized team development into four basic stages: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.

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  • Goals and objectives should be clearly defined for staffers.
  • Workload should be equitably distributed to avoid resentment from staffers who feel they have to carry poor-performing team members.
  • Consider both individual and group incentives to promote the...

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