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Team Effectiveness -- A Group is Not a Team Sponsor: Learning and Development
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Highly effective teams can accomplish what would be difficult, or impossible, for one person acting alone. Imagine a single human being building the entire interstate highway system, or writing all of the books in your local library. Impossible! We must often collaborate with others to accomplish goals that only a group of people can achieve. But a group is not the same as a team, and there are many barriers to fully unleashing “group genius”. Even working with just one other person can be challenging, and the complexity of teamwork rises exponentially. An MIT study of global team effectiveness found that only 18% of teams considered themselves successful. The most frequent causes of failure cited were: • They failed to build trust. • They failed to overcome communication barriers. • The goals of the individuals were not aligned with the team goals. • The team goals were unclear. Effective teams have a share vision of where they are going and shared values that guide how they behave during the journey. Team members perform best when focused on their strengths. Goals must enjoy the buy-in and support of the entire team. As Patrick Lencioni pointed out in the book “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team”, absence of trust, fear of conflict, avoidance of commitment, lack of accountability and Inattention to results, are five barriers standing between any teams and success. You’ll leave this workshop equipped to enable your team to overcome these common obstacles, move from effective to extraordinary, and achieve results that would be impossible for those unskilled in unleashing the power of a true team.

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