86 results for teams

  • The state of teams: New research

    How much of your average work day do you spend engaging with your team (or, more likely, teams)? New research shows that team interaction accounts for over 60 percent of the average employee’s time. This is one of the many findings in a new report by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (publishers of The Five Behaviors®) called The State of Teams (PDF). Wiley surveyed […]
  • Tips (by DiSC style) for managers with remote teams

    It’s not just COVID-19 that has more people working from home. Teams now frequently include staff from different locations. Managers are learning that productivity doesn’t have to suffer if some positions are filled by someone working remotely. A team today might include a new father working from home, a colleague from Norway, a member from the home office in Minneapolis, […]
  • How to manage remote teams

    Managing remote teams As more and more cities and states are asking businesses to switch to remote work to help slow the spread of COVID-19, countless managers are faced with not only recalibrating their own work reality, but guiding their employees through this great change as well. “Trust and accountability is key,” says Dana Montgomery, National Deputy Director for the […]
  • Positive conflict exercise for teams

      Purpose: Help learners see role conflict as a natural part of the workplace and that it can be productive for teams and individuals. Prerequisite: None for participants. Facilitators should know something about the team’s mission, charge, or goals. Exercise can be used in conjunction with Everything DiSC Productive Conflict or the Conflict section of The Five Behaviors. Materials: Easel […]
  • Activities for teams

    More than ever before, it’s teams, not just individuals, that get work done in organizations. They advance ideas, influence organizational culture, and execute on initiatives. Teams form, storm, norm, perform and adjourn. So it’s important to help them on their journey. These exercises are designed to help teams at various stages. In fact, an organization’s ability to thrive depends more […]
  • Building trust on virtual or remote teams

    As our workplaces change and more employees work remotely, how do we help their teams excel? How do we help them build the trust they need to perform at their best and to hold each other accountable if they aren’t? Trust doesn’t happen naturally. We probably all feel like we’re trustworthy, but we aren’t always sure of others. And there […]
  • Teams: Rewards and recognition

    While looking back on the teams I’ve been a part of, I recognized something important. Leaders who recognized the good work of a team—as a team—contributed greatly to the motivation levels and cohesion of that team. And teams that were ignored or devalued expended far too much energy having to build each other up, attempting to move beyond negative emotions […]
  • When teams don’t trust

    If your organization has an overall culture of trust, you might expect even newly formed teams to give each other the benefit of the doubt and to trust each other by default. But trust doesn’t always come easily or without an effort. Trust can be very hard to learn for someone who has experienced the betrayal of trust. That could […]
  • DiSC activities for teams

    Note: These activities assume that participants have had some introduction to DiSC styles. DiSC styles and teamwork Divide your group by styles. If you have one larger group, you can divide it again into one of the eight styles. In other words, if you have a room full of Ds, you can ask some of them to move into a […]
  • Activities for new teams

    Teams are where much of the work we do gets initiated, reviewed and even completed. It’s more important than ever to get newly formed teams comfortable with each other and communicating well. How can we make it easier for teams to get started right or continue with new members most effectively? Group reports Some organizations we work with make sure […]
  • The invisible root of workplace dysfunction

    You may know the famous beginning to Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Perhaps this is true of workplaces as well. If you’ve spent any amount of time working with other humans, you’ve likely witnessed an almost infinite array of behaviors that sap resources and contribute to dysfunction. All of […]
  • The 5 behaviors of a cohesive virtual team

    The five behaviors of a cohesive team—trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results—remain the same. But in the virtual environment and during times of crisis, they can show up in different ways. That means leaders must show up in different ways, too. If you use The Five Behaviors® to manage your team, you might be wondering how to apply the model […]
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