Teamwork Training: Learning to Build a Successful Team

Written by CMOE Development Team


Teamwork is a process that can be experienced outdoors and well as inrepparttar workplace. A lesson learned in one environment can be applied equally well in another. Teamwork: We Have Metrepparttar 149091 Enemy and They Are Us, a book by Dr. Steven Stowell and Matt Starcevich, describes actual teams that have participated in a variety of outdoor teamwork training programs. These programs have been as long as five days and as short as one. Each account has been chosen as illustrative of one ofrepparttar 149092 phases all teams go through inrepparttar 149093 progression from inception of a team to fully functioning interdependence. This sampling of teams has been selected for each particular event, one or another best illustrates why some teams work together better than others. Not all teams engage inrepparttar 149094 events reported here, nor are these events an exhaustive report of allrepparttar 149095 teamwork training actives that could be used to improve teams.

A majority ofrepparttar 149096 accounts in this book describe teams that have failed to succeed at their assigned task. We focus on their failure to highlight those factors that contributed torepparttar 149097 teamís demise. We do not to suggest that all these teams are failures. The best discussion and insights have resulted whenrepparttar 149098 teams have had to explain why they did not accomplish their objective in a teamwork training event.

The client teams we work with already see themselves as effective. What they are seeking from us is teamwork training to improve on their effectives Ė to be stretched, tested, and to grow as a group. As we said before, not all teams fail, but these accounts are typical of how a majority of teams approachrepparttar 149099 outdoor challenges they face. As with an actual team, if you focus on success or failure, you will missrepparttar 149100 important opportunity in exploring howrepparttar 149101 teams functioned in performingrepparttar 149102 tasks, or their processes.

Each account in this book has been written as an independent narrative followed by a summary ofrepparttar 149103 key points that would have contributed to better teamwork. The summaries are in varied formats including a didactic approach, a panel of expertsí discussion, participantsí personal reflections, a fable, andrepparttar 149104 teamís own reflective discussion.

Our hope is that you can translaterepparttar 149105 outdoor teamwork training metaphors and summaries torepparttar 149106 workplace and to situations within your own team. The crucial leap involves takingrepparttar 149107 lessons these teams have learned experientially and applyingrepparttar 149108 concepts to improving your teamwork.

Like any journey, many different routes can be taken. You donít have to readrepparttar 149109 book from cover to cover to capturerepparttar 149110 significant messages. Choose those topics or aspect of teamwork of most interest and zero in on them. We hoperepparttar 149111 format will lend itself to an enjoyable journey intorepparttar 149112 inner working of group dynamics and teamwork.



The Imposter Syndrome - Do you feel like a fraud?

Written by Charlotte Burton


The Impostor Syndrome - Do you feel like a fraud?

There is a disquieting trend emerging among women particularly - that of feeling like a fraud at work, along withrepparttar accompanying fear and anxiety about being "found out".

The Scientific Evidence

This trend has been investigated scientifically only relatively recently, with studies beginning inrepparttar 149042 seventies, with findings thatrepparttar 149043 people who suffered from this syndrome had significantly high levels of self-doubt and an inability to internalise their success (Clance & Imes, 1978). Further research has shown that there is a link betweenrepparttar 149044 Impostor Syndrome and high Neuroticism and low Conscientiousness onrepparttar 149045 Five Factor Model of Personality (which are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, & Neuroticism), and depression and anxiety were particularly important characteristics of those with imposter feelings as well as low self-discipline and perceived competence (Bernard, Dollinger & Ramaniah, 2002). This implies that there is a tendency for those who score high on Neuroticism and low on Conscientiousness to develop this syndrome, not that there is a necessarily causal link betweenrepparttar 149046 two.

In English Please?

Enough ofrepparttar 149047 science, basically what we have is a set of characteristics that you may find rather familiar: depression, anxiety, fear, neuroticism, low self-discipline and a distorted view of reality (the latter particularly through not being able to recognise achievements for what they are and instead attributing them to sheer luck). While that list is still rather technical, if you think that you are not 'worthy' for your position at work and dread being found out, you have classic symptoms ofrepparttar 149048 syndrome.

How many people have it and who are they?

What you might not realise is quite how pervasive this syndrome is: it is estimated that 30% ofrepparttar 149049 population has some form of this, and that it is cross-cultural torepparttar 149050 extent that it appears so long as people have gone beyondrepparttar 149051 basic need for survival. You don't see this in people who either are imposters or who have not achieved a high level of success (of course that latter is subjective, so difficult to pin down). Generally there is a higher tendency for women to display symptoms, but it is not unknown for men to develop it. You can particularly see it in high achievers, andrepparttar 149052 higher incidence in women I would suggest might be due torepparttar 149053 pressure to 'have it all' -repparttar 149054 career andrepparttar 149055 home life and its associated pressures.

How does it develop?

It has been suggested that it develops when children who are told by their parents that they are wonderful, then meet a challenge (either by being put in a bigger pond, or by simply encountering a subject which they take a while to understand and 'get') and start gettingrepparttar 149056 feeling that they may actually not be wonderful, but instead may be average or, worse, stupid. External proof of achievements is dismissed and instead it is assumed that any success is due to luck or through their contacts. Since nothing is ever without a bit of luck, and rarely without asking someone you know for help, this is a really vicious circle.

So what to do?

There are many things that you can do to work onrepparttar 149057 self-doubt and low confidence, among which are reality-checking, gremlin-squishing, affirmations, andrepparttar 149058 swish technique. You may want to look for more information on these and similar techniques: tryrepparttar 149059 internet and you might want to look atrepparttar 149060 links on my website: http://www.lifeisvital.com

Reality Checking

This is a simple as it sounds: you check whether what you're saying is true or not. If you say that you're not qualified to do whatever it is, check whether you are or not - and give due respect to your training and experience. If you got a 2:1, but constantly wish you got a first (or equivalent situation), give yourself a break! A 2:1 is good. Likewise, if you compare yourself with others allrepparttar 149061 time, catch yourself and stop. It serves no purpose as you can never know what other people are thinking unless they say so (and then you can never know whether that'srepparttar 149062 truth or not). Give yourself a pep talk and stop wasting your time beating yourself up.

Gremlin-Squishing

Also known as Gremlin-Bashing, this series of techniques allows you to separate that voice in your head that says 'you'll fail' and take a stick to it. Frequentlyrepparttar 149063 first hurdle for those following this technique is that you don't notice when that voice comes into your head and takes over. You might want to try writing down a list of your skills and failings and seeing which ones really aren't true -repparttar 149064 ones that make you feel self-conscious or depressed tend to be your gremlin talking.

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