Building Trust in Teams

Trust is probably the most fundamental element of an effective team.  In fact without it, teamwork is all but impossible.  Trust is the confidence among team members that their peers’ intentions are good and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around the group. In his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni explains that trust is not the ability of team members to ...
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How Teams Solve Problems

When you are faced with a problem, do you step in and work to solve it right away – boldly and directly? Or maybe you step back cautiously and calculate the costs of your options before you make a decision. Every day your team is bombarded with new problems it must solve, both big and small. Each member of the team approaches problem solving in a unique way. Some team members will approach sol...
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Dealing With Team Differences

We deal with interpersonal differences all the time - In the workplace, our ministries, and in our home with our marriages and children. These differences are in our approach to processing information, solving problems, managing change, and facing risk. How we deal with the differences in our ministry teams can determine how effective they will be. Rodney Cox, founder of Ministry Insights offer...
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Can Strengths Be Misused?

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. The movement has affected business, government, education, and health care. Marcus Buckingham and the Gallop Organization have...
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Guest Post: Characteristics of Effective Ministry Teams

What is it that makes a team? A team is a number of people who are committed to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Here are some insights into the ‘Characteristics of an Effective Ministry Team’ from people who have been working in team-based ministries: Clear purpose. The vision, mission, goal, or task of the team has bee...
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The Dynamics of Team Meetings

A vitally important activity of a team is the team meeting. Author Patrick Lencioni has suggested that no action, activity, or process is more central to a healthy organization than the meeting. In fact, if someone were to offer him one single piece of evidence to evaluate the health of an organization, he would want to observe the leadership team during a meeting. This is where values are establi...
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A Case for Team Leadership

Two predominant leadership styles are solo leadership and team leadership. Which of these are most effective? Solo leadership is focused on the leader and a top down organization. This seems to be the default for aspiring leaders and driven leaders who want control. It is expedient and often necessary for startups. However there is great long term value in team leadership. This article will explor...
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The Importance of Clarity for Teams

Clarity is essential for a team to be effective - clarity of purpose, clarity of roles, and clarity of goals. This article will explore several aspects of clarity and shed some light on how to create clarity. Without clarity, ambiguity will follow which results in mediocrity at best, but likely confusion, frustration, and ineffectiveness. In his book The Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley sta...
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Humility and Team Effectiveness

One of the character qualities of the members of an effective team is humility. There is no room for big egos on effective teams. T. J. Addington in his book, Deep Influence, describes the core of humility as understanding our own strengths and acknowledging them as gifts from God, coupled with our deep need for others to compensate for our weaknesses. He says humble individuals are deeply awar...
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Team Communication

Good communication is a powerful asset in building your team and breathes life into the work you do together. On the other hand, poor communication can tear apart a team, damage relationships, and destroy the work you’re trying to accomplish. Each of us is wired differently to give and receive information in various ways. These differences in communicating are part of what makes each of us unique....
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