Team Adventure Series

It’s often said that two heads are better than one, so imagine what can be accomplished with three or even an entire team? Greater power is unleashed when a team is united to get the job done, especially if there is synergy among its members. Synergy has been defined as the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. It comes from the Greek word synergos, meaning “working together”. With the head-down, task-oriented culture that we experience in most workplaces, it is tempting for team members to make decisions independent of the team. It, Read More

Imagine a room filled with countless rows of metal chairs, a podium at the front, and a large screen behind it. It’s packed with an audience that’s dutifully trying to pay attention as they attempt to learn how to be a better team. But instead, their eyes are glazed over and they’re easily distracted by text messages, Facebook, and doodles. And all they’re wondering is what time is our lunch break?  Sound inspiring? I didn’t think so. Sure, there’s a time and place for face-forward lectures and videos. And perhaps my scenario is a bit of an exaggeration. But when, Read More

Why can’t these people work together as a team?” If only you had a dollar for every time you heard that plea. So why do some continue to struggle with team performance? After all, it’s not a new or unfamiliar concept. And it today’s world, it’s vital to success, especially with the growing trend toward virtual, cross-functional, and multi-functional teams. A lack of understanding is partly to blame.  Believe it or not, sometimes groups simply don’t “get” what it means to be a team—or how to do it. Sure, you can stand at the head of a classroom and tell, Read More

There’s a reason we work in teams.  We’re not that lonely, we don’t really need to make others feel included, and we’re not not-good-enough on our own.  But we can be better.  When individuals face a common problem (or opportunity!), they can produce results that reflect the combined strengths of everyone involved.  Broadening not just the potential for production, but the set of benefactors of success.  More goodness from more people for more people – synergy. But, if you’re working as a team, and the results you’re coming up with are not better than could be achieved by your single, Read More

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