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Are Strengths Natural or Acquired?

The strengths movement has been an important part of organizational leadership for the past few decades. The premise of strengths-based teams is that the most effective method for motivating people is to build on their strengths rather than correcting their weaknesses. Marcus Buckingham and the Gallop Organization have been the major proponents of the movement. Rodney Cox of Ministry Insights has ...
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Team Leadership Styles

What kind of leadership style works best for teams? In his book, Leading At A Higher Level, Ken Blanchard suggests that it depends on the developmental stage of the team. In other words for each stage of team development, there is an appropriate style of leadership that results in a high performing team. When a team is formed, members are generally eager to begin and often have high expectation...
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Do Personal Relationships Among Team Members Matter?

Relationships are the foundation of teamwork. Teams are ineffective when relationships are poor. However leaders often neglect and sometimes even completely ignore this foundational component of teams. This article will explore the impact that relationships have on team effectiveness. It has been said that “Teams that play together stay together”. This may sound trite, but it is true. Teams tha...
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Can Technology Help Teams Be More Effective?

Teams are always looking for tools to give them an edge to be more effective. Although teams are relational by nature, there are some technology tools that could help them be more effective. This article will explore some areas that technology can enhance to make teams more effective as well as reduce some of the things that distract teams from being effective. What are some areas that technolo...
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The Essential Qualities of a Team Player

What does it mean when someone says, “that person is a real team player?” Is it more than simply thinking the person is unselfish? What are the essential qualities of a team player? In his latest book, The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni skillfully introduces three virtues of the ideal team player: humble, hungry, and smart. Lencioni goes on to describe each virtue. Humble - Great team play...
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Forming an Effective Team

Much has been written about the characteristics and practices of a functioning effective team, but what does it take to form an effective team? How does a working group become an effective team? There are some foundational issues that need to be addressed before a team is formed in order for the team to be effective.  These issues are addressed by Katzenbach and Smith in their classic book, The Wi...
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Effective Decision Making for Teams

Decision making is a key function of a team. What are some factors involved in making effective team decisions? There are advantages of making decisions as a team rather than individually. There's a limit to how much information any one individual can process, and a limit on how many perspectives one person can see. Many decisions need full group participation to explore the situation, provide ...
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The Role of the Team Leader

Every great team needs a leader, but a team doesn’t just need any leader; he or she must be the right kind of leader. Great team leaders make their mark not by controlling the team but by challenging, facilitating, and empowering team members to realize their full potential. So what are the qualities of effective team leaders and what is their role? Robert Crosby, author of The Teaming Church s...
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Teamwork and Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence has been defined as the ability to identify, assess, and manage the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. These skills are essential for an effective team. This concept first appeared in psychology circles in 1920 and has been aggressively studied and refined ever since. It was popularized by Daniel Goleman in 1985, whose book Emotional Intelligence spent over...
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