Top 7 Tips for Maintaining a Team Connection

Written by Kevin Kearns

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5. Promote Fights: Fighting sure beats resentment. Setting up a culture where resolving conflict is strongly encouraged will saverepparttar team from building long-term resentments. It is not necessary to have a Don King haircut and announce, "The Beating inrepparttar 119420 Meeting" - but you will benefit from promoting an atmosphere that does not avoid conflict. Although "fighting" is not fun and can be painful, resentment can destroy a cohesive team without anyone realizing it. If you notice tensions building, step in and encourage a healthy resolution torepparttar 119421 situation. Deal with it now, or it may spread like a cancer on your entire team.

6. Create Connections: It only feels like they happen naturally. If you wait for them to happen, they might not. Schedule opportunities for team members to connect. This can be done as part of a regular meeting. It can be done by switching pairings for different assignments. There is a reasonrepparttar 119422 armed services put soldiers through basic training - they develop individual soldiers and build connections between soldiers. Have you ever witnessed two old army buddies reunite? It's enough to bring a tear to your eye! A strong connection is powerful.

7. Role Play: Make sure everyone knowsrepparttar 119423 role each person plays. Role ambiguity has ruined more teams than you can imagine. Not knowing what you are supposed to be doing is frustrating. Not knowing what other members should or should not be doing can be down right annoying. Asrepparttar 119424 leader, make sure people knowrepparttar 119425 part they play as individuals and group members. Clear roles will help you avoid hearing "how come Bob doesn't have to do this...?"

History is filled with many examples of great leaders keeping their team together during difficult situations. Ernest Shackleton's expedition intorepparttar 119426 Antarctic ended with his team successfully working together to survive. Their boat was crushed by ice and somehowrepparttar 119427 team worked together to braverepparttar 119428 fiercest conditions imaginable. Shackleton's team remained connected because they followedrepparttar 119429 above seven steps. Surely you can use them to help your team facerepparttar 119430 challenges of your workplace.

Kevin Kearns is President of Kearns Advantage, a leadership coaching company. Kearns Advantage has a proven track record of developing strong leaders. Kevin holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development and is a member of the Coachville Graduate School of Coaching. Subscribe to Kevin’s free leadership newsletter at

Make the Most of Your Time - Focus on Strengths

Written by Martin Haworth

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So, then, ceaserepparttar struggle!

Performance Reviews stop focusing on ‘getting better’ at those skills which are not their natural ‘A’ set. More, they help them focus on what they are great at, leveraging their abilities torepparttar 119419 organisations best value.

And, hey, guess what, by doing this, they feel better, get much more of a buzz and their performance is elevated even more. It’s like an upward spiral. When this is happening acrossrepparttar 119420 business, fabulous results are achieved.

There is less struggle and dread of their reviews – less time wasted and individuals valued for what they are – individuals and celebrate their unique skillsets. So, how to coverrepparttar 119421 bits that aren’t too hot? The best discover coping strategies with supporters around them, some delegate, some hire support. In fact, they often partner up with one or a number of colleagues who can deliver well, their own ‘Achilles Heel’ skills.

Look around, many CEO’s have great support executives, who often complement their skill strengths. (Oftenrepparttar 119422 'Finance Guy' who is keeping a tight rein onrepparttar 119423 creativity ofrepparttar 119424 CEO - i.e. a reality check :-)) Focusing on what they do well, and getting others around them to do what they do well makes for much more effective and enjoyable working. Together with exceptional results - of course!

And it is such a release.

© 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).

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