Google has identified five traits shared by high performing teams. They have also made available their Team Effectiveness Discussion Guide as well as a tool for fostering psychological safety.
The South Central Regional Information Center team engages in a high energy, collaborative strategic planning process. “We’re nailing it, absolutely hammering on our immediate priorities,” reports its director. “It’s been an awesome experience for the whole SCRIC team.”
Every day in organizations, groups meet to make decisions. Here are four simple ways to help them avoid group think and achieve the wisdom of the crowd.
Two simple techniques from the worlds of negotiation and creativity can help you ferret out and eliminate the unnecessary discussion of disagreement.
Google recently devoted considerable resources to determine what makes a high-performing team. What did they discover?
Have state and federal mandates drained the energy and passion from your BOCES? Is morale low? It doesn’t have to be that way. Reenergize your BOCES. Retake your future. Reengage, recharge and reinvest your faculty, staff and community. Articulate a new mission, vision and core beliefs. Set strategic targets. Articulate priorities, allocate resources, plan and execute.
Frequently, I am asked to recommend the best books on negotiation and mediation. On the occasion of the passing of Roger Fisher, I offer three that I consider must read: Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Getting Past No: Negotiating With Difficult People and The Predictioner’s Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self Interest to See and Shape the Future.
Small- and medium-sized businesses often run micro retreats that compress strategic planning into a day or less. Too often, these retreats are poorly executed: there has been little preparation and the decision-making process is opaque. Alternatively, a successful micro retreat depends upon four key factors: a lean strategic planning process, preliminary research and detailed preparation, dynamic group process and skilled decision support, and strong, consensus agreement to act. This post uses a case study from the credit union sector to illustrate each of these factors and demonstrate how to run an effective strategic planning micro retreat.
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Have you ever walked out of a team meeting assuming alignment on a course of action only to discover later that there were conflicting versions of what was agreed to? “That’s not what I heard” becomes a common refrain. If you have, then you’ve witnessed the “Rashomon effect” named for Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic masterpiece, Rashomon, in which four individuals witness an horrific crime and then recount the story with absolute honesty but in four mutually contradictory ways. This post discusses two simple techniques for eliminating the hazards of the Rashomon effect on team decision making and agreement.