Continued from page 1
Chapter 2 and 3 discuss problems that start-up teams face. Issues of individuality versus team, low trust, who’s in and who’s out, and an unwillingness to listen will be explored.
Chapter 4 and 5 study issues existing groups have in working as a team to solve problems and accomplish their tasks. Specific ways to overcome poor planning, lack of commitment, unequal participation, an inability to deal with difference in group, and under-utilization of resources are presented.
In Chapter 6 and 7 we look at problems two independent teams have when they must operate and cooperate as one. Managers who confront challenge of melding two competing groups into one team will find these sections of particular value.
The subject of teamwork would be incomplete without a discussion of “resistance to change.” Chapter 8 and 9 explore why teams become too comfortable and resist change even in face of extinction. Our focus is on not only why this happens, but what a team can do to overcome this growing entropy.
Successful teamwork is subject of Chapter 10 and 11. Here readers can watch a group of individuals operate as a winning team. Through this unique looking glass, readers see first hand component of effective teamwork and how team members create and maintain element necessary for team survival.
Chapter 12 is for reader who is concerned with bringing team members to a common vision and way of operating. We discuss importance of a team vision, consider what this vision entails, and suggest a process any manager can implement with his/her team to establish commitment needed to adopt a vision of team excellence.
For those teams or managers who would like to start off by assessing their team’s strengths and weakness, Appendix I is answer. We present a model for thinking about team effectiveness and a questionnaire to assess how your team rates itself on each component of this model.
Appendix II is provided for readers interested in using outdoor adventure-based training to empower their teams. Specific guidelines, as well as caveats, are presented. In Appendix III we present unique issues when facilitating an outdoor adventure-based teamwork training exercises.
If you would like to learn more about our books, programs, and workshop on Teamwork Training please contact a Regional Manager from CMOE. You can reach them at (801)569-3444 or visit our website.