What if it mattered?

 mead quote

What if? What if your team became ‘thoughtful, committed citizens’ to your vision? What if your team felt so strongly about their work – with you as their motivator – that they enjoyed coming to work? What if they found the ability to recover from the inevitable pitfalls to truly succeed – success being feeling happy with their work life?

We find happiness in our life (work and professional) when it matters to us.  We succeed because we found something that matters to us.  We change the world a little step at a time when it matters to us.

Matter in your own life.  Become ‘thoughtful, committed citizens’ to your own world and the big world (even your office) will get a little bit better – or maybe even a whole lot better.

Karenwiley@appliedteamdynamics.com

Making the impossible feasible, then successful

 

Case Study: Project in Flames

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Returned to a old client to complete a Big Data conversion project.  The architecture was bleeding edge technology and not working as expected, the team was drowning in nine different integration and testing environments, and the entire project lacked focused attention. Using only email for tracking per management: coordinated the releases into each environment, tracked the constantly changing purposes for each environment, and handled inconsistent management attention along with an aggressive timeline. All new deadlines were met without any further delays and the client was very happy.

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What is team work anyway?

brainstorm imageGetting a project out the door is easy – each person does their part ensuring they aren’t called out as a problem and everyone looks good.  Isn’t project management about team work? NO.

Let’s look at a family and their camping vacation.  Wife packed the food and clothes; Husband packed the gear; Kids packed the games. Overall goal – have fun.  But, everyone has their own agenda and their job matched it – Wife wanted their needs met, Husband wanted to have fun, and the Kids didn’t want to be bored.  That’s a great project and the goal was most likely met…easy, peasy and NOT what teamwork is. Each person worked individually toward a common goal.

Same family, same vacation – tragedy strikes.  On the drive, lightning starts a fire and the highway is blocked.  People are stuck with construction ‘jersey walls’ on both sides.  The winds shift suddenly and the fire heads towards the cars.   300 cars: all kinds of people – old, young, babies, disabled, and pets. Everyone must get out and get to the nearby lake to be safe.  Tweens work together to get the pets.  Women get the mobile elderly, talking calmly to ease their fears – they work with the moms to get the little ones and their critical stuff gathered.  Men work together to carry the disabled and the very slow. Everyone contributes where their strengths lie, and agendas are woven together.   THIS is teamwork.

Brainstorming events are fabulous team work events when individuals speak to their strengths.  If people shared their ideas/their strengths in every endeavor and if they were heard with openness, then our agendas would be woven together, and a better solution would be created.

This is possible.  I’ve seen it and I’ve created it.

karenwiley@appliedteamdynamics.com

Making the Impossible Feasible, then Successful

 

(forgive all gender generalizations in this narrative)

Team Building Exercises – Worth It? Yes AND No

Team Building Exercise

Depending on the exercise, you might be learning a lot about communication – unless your boss is the competitive type then it’s all about who wins.  All work on communication is awesome – regardless the venue.  This environment can break down barriers that your team members have been experiencing -which is always a good thing!

Now, you’re back in the office – can you apply what you just learned?  If you and your team were struggling only with working together, most likely you can.  However, there’s a lot more going on within your team than human interaction.  You also have expectations, the need for good automation, processes, and external communication that creates stress on your team.   

Managers who see these team building exercises as ‘fix-it events’ will not get what they want.  These exercises don’t ‘build teams’ – they build (hopefully) fun memories and relationship bonds that people can fall back on when times get tough.  Use team building events as rewards only.

If your team is not on the Same Road, at the Same Time, and going in the Same Direction on a regular basis – ask for help.

karenwiley@appliedteamdynamics.com

Making the Impossible Feasible, then Successful

 

#teamwork, #teambuildingevents, #FabricofTeamwork

A Successful Team is a Powerful Force

I’m drawn to team work so completely because I’ve seen the amazing power it can generate.  I’ve witnessed many times how a group of people who were on the same road at the same time going in the same direction moved mountains!  How the absolutely impossible tasks and deadlines were accomplished with integrity, pride and a sense of purpose.  We rose above the politics and the mundane to become unstoppable and amazingly successful.

Individuals can be smart and intelligent, but a group of people are geniuses.  True collaborative teams will grow each good idea into greatness.  Each participant coming to the table with their best self and work together – it is POWERFUL!

Is your team capable of moving mountains?

karenwiley@appliedteamdynamics.com

Making the Impossible Feasible, then Successful