Team Development and LearningWritten by CMOE Development Team
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You canít wait for perfect conditions before you start a task. You really havenít failed until team stops trying. We have to view mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow for long run. The team has to ensure that all of its members are informed and enrolled. Your ideas wonít be heard unless you speak up Feedback is essential for process improvement. Open minds are essential for synergy to occur. Our biggest barriers and fears are all perceptions that can be overcome. Leaders have to lead and guide processes; they canít be expected to produce technical breakthroughs. High performance teams must develop even their weakest or newest members. We should not limit others by presupposing their limitations. It is important to celebrate success along journey to ultimate result. Patience fosters empowerment. You canít ďpushĒ a rope and you canít ďpushĒ people in direction you want. We need to share knowledge and develop people through effective coaching. When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging! With a little trust you can move remarkably fast through a situation. Stretch goals yield stretch results. It is OK for adults to request and accept help. Mature adults are willing to admit that they have fears. The pitfall of holding back on a good idea is bigger than pitfall of spending some time to hear ideas. If you can visualize process and goal, we are in a better position to achieve it. No one of us is as smart as all of us. Our limitations are driven primarily by our fears. We canít afford cost of uncaring criticism. True leaders will encourage input from everyone. Showing emotion is OK. Teamwork ďainítĒ easy, and it ďisnítĒ automatic. You have to work at it. Teamwork means that you have to understand paradoxes and manage them well. You have to bring people together if you are to build enthusiasm and spirit. Collaboration means a lot more than agreeing to stay out of each otherís way.
The actual list was longer and took nearly two hours to share and report. Frankly, we have not seen any other type of team development process where so many insights occur in a relatively brief period of time. Since we have had opportunity to work with this group over an extended period of time, we can report that this team was noticeably closer according to reports from other members of organization as well. After all, what is good for goose is good for gander. And if we see members of organization as goose who lays golden eggs then we need to make a real investment in terms of time and money to keep goose healthy and well.
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Ahead of the curve to be on top Written by Stephanie Tuia
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Looking around corners: One of most celebrated basketball players of all-time was cut from varsity basketball team when he was just a sophomore. In his book, Canít Accept Not Trying, Michael Jordan, recounts instead of giving up basketball he set achievable goals, working on one after another until he dominated game. He strategically focused on and worked towards sites ďAhead of CurveĒ to become one of best basketball players of all time. Plan ahead: When Thomas Edison set about reinventing incandescent electric light bulb, he proposed to connect his lights in a parallel circuit so that failure of one light bulb would not cause whole circuit to fail. Eminent scientists predict that such a circuit would never be feasible. And while at times it seemed that bulb might never materialize, Edison continued his work on his reverse action generator and development of electrical wires, still in use today. His planning, work and tenacity placed first permanent, working commercial central power system in lower Manhattan in September 1882. His sight was always ďAhead of CurveĒ and on central power system that would light world.
These are just three of strategic processes described in Dr. Steven J. Stowell and Stephanie Meadís new book Ahead of Curve, A Guide to Applied Strategic Thinking and their workshop, Applied Strategic Thinking. The workshop is a practical look at what it means to be strategic and demonstrates a hands-on process in developing workable strategic plans that will take companies into future. For more information regarding workshop, please call (801) 569-3444.
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