A cross-functional team is a group of employees from different functions within an organisation – such as human resources, information technology, marketing and finance – who all focus on specific objectives and have the responsibility to work as a team to achieve shared goals. Cross-cultural teams, on the other hand, are made up of people from different social and professional… Read more →
Too often, organisations breed a culture of competition in which employees, departments and offices tolerate each other instead of collaborating with one another. But if an organisation breaks down internal silos and works in harmony, then it can partake in meaningful discussions that ultimately will push innovation forward.
Give positive spoken communication. It costs you nothing but a little effort, and the rewards are great. Every human contact is an opportunity to give the gift of good feelings through the words you say. People can’t read your mind; what you say is evidence that you care.
As a consultant, I hear many complaints from employees about their co-workers. But a lack of teamwork is the most common complaint. For many reasons, some people just do not work well as part of the team. They might be territorially focused, they might be threatened, or they might be just independent. But for many people they just don‘t understand… Read more →
The most prominent reason for the lack of effective team work in an organisation is simple to pin-point: it’s poor listening. Or the lack of it altogether. Listening – a well-tuned ear increases mutual respect and teamwork. From the CEO’s office to the shop floor, listening can spell the difference between cooperation and mistrusting and jealousy.
Do the members of your work unit view themselves as a group of individuals who work independently of one another, or as a collection of individuals who work interdependently with each other? The following are 6 key differences between ‘Groups’ and ‘Teams’.
Explore every person’s ideas fully and politely. Discipline yourself to listen and understand others’ ideas. Don’t argue or debate but explore and support. Demonstrate your openness and trust in others. Be an active contributor and consolidator of ideas.