Integrated Team Formation and Development

So, you bring 15 people together and call them a team. They’re a team, right? Probably not.

Katzenbach and Smith tell us that “a team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and an approach for which they are mutually accountable.” That doesn’t happen automatically. It requires some hard work.

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What is the Purpose of a Meeting?

Simply, a meeting is intended to bring the right people together to accomplish some important task at the right point in time. Many people find meetings to be distractions from getting work done. Perhaps some improvement might change that.

It’s been my experience that there are only a few reasons to have a meeting. There are many tools that can help in accomplishing the intended purpose:

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From an Office of Chaos to an Office of Organization

apple-desk-designer-displayLife is crazy and it is easy to let chaos turn that part of your brain which keeps everything in order off. In an instant your office can go from being a pristine example of immaculate tidiness to a disaster zone of uncontrolled disarray. Some claim that they work better with a mess and that they have their own “system” beneath the piles of paper and tools, but to other people clutter is simply just clutter. The truth of the matter is people tend to feel more productive when they have a sense organization. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 91% of the response group thought that they could be more productive at work if they felt organized. But what impact does disorganization have on a work? 50% of a worker’s time—estimated by one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers—is spent looking for misplaced materials due to disorganization. These statistics show that organization does matter! When you take the time to sort through the disorder it not only cleans up your office but it also organizes your mind allowing you to think clearly. So it is obvious, organization leads to less wasted time which in turn can increase productivity. But the question many people struggle with remains: How do I get organized? Where should I start? Continue reading