Encouraging collaboration in the workplace is integral to general efficiency.

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Collaboration has become a buzzword in both academia and the corporate world. While this concept may seem somewhat overused, the reality is that in the age of technology – and really in general – collaboration is the most effective method of solving a problem. However, developing an organically creative and collaborative environment, especially in a working world that relies on individual productivity, can be rather challenging. To build teams that feel truly comfortable working together, here are five ways to encourage collaboration: Read more »

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Resolving conflict

When it comes to practically any team, conflict is inevitable. So rather than be concerned about it, the best teams harness that energy towards a positive outcome. There are two steps in conflict resolution. The first is simply to acknowledge conflict exists and not avoid the issue. Second is dealing with it proactively. Read more »

What causes some of the most prepared teams to fail?

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Whether you’re managing a startup or work for a major corporation, putting together a successful business team can be a daunting task. Though it may be easy to identify colleagues who are all superstars individually, compiling them into one team can still yield undesirable results. After all, if this weren’t the case, there would never be any underdog victories or unbelievable success stories. Sometimes the most unlikely business teams are best fit to get the job done. But why do some teams fail? And how can you develop a successful team assessment? Read more »

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Reducing social loafing

More than a century ago, a French engineer identified social loafing. He found when two people pulled a rope, they exerted 93% of their effort. When six more people were added, the team displayed only 49% of their potential. There are many theories why we hold back while sharing the load among the group. It is critical to keep that in mind for any team project to be a success. Read more »

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Running an Effective Meeting

You’ve probably attended more than your fair share. Meetings that go nowhere, achieve nothing, and feel like a waste of time. A complaint we consistently hear is that team meetings are unproductive at best, dysfunctional at worst. Read more »

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When teams at General Electric’s corporate university in Crotonville, NY, begin an assignment, the first thing they do is discuss their “ground rules,” capture them on a white board, and ensure they stay visible to the whole team throughout the entire project. Read more »

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While 92% of professors teaching with a business simulation believe teamwork skills are critical for business graduates, and 82% use team-based assignments in most courses, 84% also believe that team-based projects are not always effective instructional tools, according to research at Capsim. Read more »