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Focusing a Team

  1. Team Assessment: Use this assessment to take a critical looks at your team.  

  2. Visioning: Use this activity to articulate your teamís ideal future

  3. Goal Setting: Use this activity to focus your team goals and set a basis for directed action

  4. Building an Action Plan: Use this activity to identify specific actions to begin achieving your goals

  5. Clarifying Roles: This activity will help your team clarify the role of each individual team member.

  6. Understanding Change: A look at managing successful change.

  7. Collaboration Strategies:  Know how to collaborate effectively

  8. Conflict Awareness:  Manage team conflict before it escalates

  9. Team Norms: Setting ground rules for team participation and behavior

  10. Team Expectations: A team leader's expectations of his/her team members

  11. Team Building Games:  Sample five easy-to-implement team building games

  12. Managing the Net Generation: Understand the work expectations of a new wave of professionals

  13. Fostering Innovation: Ten key rules for fostering innovation in the workplace

  14. Workplace Productivity: Thirty strategies to boost your personal on-the-job productivity

  15. Work Culture: Twelve indicators of a healthy work culture

  16. Difficult Feedback: Tips to consider when confronting a team member

  17. Receiving Feedback: Guidelines to accept constructive feedback

Work Culture

Work culture is a combination of employee values, attitudes, expectations, and beliefs blended with the principles of the organization.  To a large extent, the culture shapes employee interaction, productivity, and loyalty to the organization or team.   

In a 2012 workplace culture study conducted by Deloitte, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success.  Moreover, 83% of executives and 84% of employees rank having engaged and motivated employees as the top factor that substantially contributes to a companyís success.  A positive work culture means greater productivity while a negative work culture can be counterproductive and even toxic. 

Below are twelve key indicators of a healthy work culture:

Respect.  Employees respect their fellow workers and work meaningfully to avoid personality conflicts, gossip, and backbiting.

Creativity.  Employees feel that their work exercises their creativity and imagination.

Strength Based. Employees believe that their personal strengths are utilized, nurtured, and supported.

Open Communication.  Employees feel they have the freedom to contribute ideas and alternate views.

Knowledge Access.  Employees feel empowered if they have access to data and information.

Encouragement.  Employees feel that they are recognized and encouraged.

Clarity.  Employees understand the direction their team and organization is headed.  The mission, goals, and strategies are clearly articulated and inculcated.

Learning. Employees should feel that they are learning and developing.  They should have access to new training, workshops, mentoring, coaching, and presentations.

Relationships. Employees work better when they feel they have quality, supportive, and energizing relationships with fellow workers.

Fairness. Employees must feel that their performance is assessed fairly following a set of standards that are evenly applied.

Contribution.  Employees must feel that they are making a contribution to the team and that they are justly recognized for their contributions.

Culture Awareness.  Employees should feel that a positive work environment is important; that everyone must accept their responsibility to be engaged and to encourage others to stay engaged.