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Best Practices for Setting Priorities as a Team

There are times when it makes better sense to enable a team (or department, business unit, etc.) to set their priorities rather than to have the priorities set and pushed down by top leadership. It helps to create ownership and commitment to the direction the company is heading. In such situations, take these best practice […]

How to Optimize Team Communications - Part II

Please read Part I of this post for background information.

Within any company the various organizational functions, such as Information Technology (IT) and Finance and Administration use their own specialized terminology. If you are working on a task force or project in which the team has members from several different companies, or if you have […]

How to Optimize Team Communications - Part I

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”- Peter Drucker

Face-to-face communication is usually the most complete form of communication. When communicating face-to-face, you can read facial expressions and other body language. Video conferencing has improved substantially, and now also enables participants to see one another, though you usually cannot […]

Easily Manage the Team Members Who Distract from the Team

Undoubtedly you have team members who distract from the team’s efforts. Here are three that show up at meetings: those who know-it-all on the team, those who find fault with everything, and those who distract others on the team by doing everything other than paying attention in the meeting. Here are some ways to manage […]

How to Help Unify Your Team, And Align Yourself with Your Team’s Purpose

The mission to eliminate Osama Bin Laden had a clearly focused end point, but did not have a target goal date until the spring of 2011. A team with unity of purpose has everyone aligned—like a pack of wolves pursuing their prey. They are focused. Whether your team is a business project team or a […]