Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 27, 2011
Recognition in the workplace is a critical element toward creating a cohesive team. So, the next several posts will deal with the topic.
In this post we'll start with the business case - the "why" - for recognition.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on April 4, 2011
The last three posts have been focused on overcoming challenges encountered on remote teams. Part 1 was focused on getting your virtual team aligned, Part 2 on building cohesion, and Part 3 on creating disciplined team processes.
Today's post is focused on remote team leadership.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 29, 2011
In my last two posts, we tackled a few challenges that remote teams face. Part 1 was focused on getting your remote team aligned. Part 2 on building cohesion.
In this post we'll focus on process.
For remote teams to maximize their effectiveness, they need to have disciplined processes in place. Here are some ideas you might consider:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 24, 2011
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed some of the challenges of working on remote teams and ideas for getting your remote team aligned. But, to truly be effective, your remote team has to find a way to build cohesion. After all, only when people are working together on the right things can we gain efficiencies.
Here are a few ideas:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 22, 2011
Working on teams where some or all team members are remote is becoming the norm rather than the exception. And frankly, having remote team members adds complexity that often times accelerates and amplifies communication breakdowns.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 17, 2011
One of the fastest ways to get a new team member "up to speed" is to make the process intentional.
In many companies, HR plays a key role in "onboarding" new employees. But more must be done at the team level (from senior leadership teams to functional teams) to help new team members get acclimated to the culture and its unwritten rules (that aren't documented in employee handbooks), and to truly understand roles and accountabilities (that aren't usually accurately captured in a position description).
When teams formally spend time orienting new team members it...
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 15, 2011
I recently wrote a post about the importance of understanding your team's purpose. After all, purpose drives everything. It drives what's on the team's "agenda" and what's not (I am using the term "agenda" more broadly than meeting agenda. I am referring to the specific areas the team should be focused on).
An important step in clarifying team purpose is to first understand the "type" of team you need (and want).
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 10, 2011
With the economy recovering and business picking up, I have been asked the following question several times by clients and potential clients in the past few weeks...
"How do we keep growing and maintain our culture at the same time?"
That is a great question.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 2, 2011
Things seemed to be changing quickly. In just a matter of three months, Ben was unexpectedly promoted from Consultant to Manager, Angela was hired and then quit, and now Henry was coming on board.
“So, how’s it going?” Ben's Manager Steve asked.
“Swamped,” Ben replied. “Henry’s started as of last Tuesday and so far seems to be working out pretty well.”
“Great,” Steve responded without knowing that Ben was about to continue.
“It’s nice having another resource around.”
“What?” Steve asked as he looked sharply back at Ben.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 25, 2011
My clients often ask me,"How big should our team be?"
My answer is typically...it depends.
It depends on the purpose of the team.
The challenge on many teams is a lack of clarity about a team's true purpose. In most cases, team's don't even know that they don't know their purpose.
This is usually a bigger issue at the senior leadership team level, where a CEO, VP, or Director leads a
team of other leaders.