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The Overlooked Secret To Retention: How To Build Familial Teams

When we were forced to leave the office and take our work home, a lot of leaders were concerned about the productivity and accountability that might be lost from this new working environment. However, we learned that people were much more accountable and dedicated to their jobs while working from home than was ever thought …

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miscommunication in the workplace

Five Sources Of Miscommunication In The Workplace And How To Mitigate Them

Effective communication is important in any relationship, especially in the workplace where customers and employees depend on it to be successful. When there is a breakdown between individuals, we most often assume that communication is at least part of the root cause solution.  Style inventories, team-building activity programs and communication workshops are commonly used for …

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virtual training can improve culture

Are You Optimizing Virtual Training To Shape Your Culture?

Two years into the pandemic, most organizations have pivoted to provide virtual training due to imposed work-from-home orders and the resulting general shift to remote work. While these organizations have done a good job within the constraints, many have fallen into a sub-optimal new normal as their emergency pivot has become ingrained and habitual without …

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The missing piece

The Missing Pieces In Team Building

For decades, corporate team building has consisted of style inventories, communication skill building and teamwork games like ropes courses, trust falls and escape rooms. While these activities might bring a team closer together as friends and are certainly fun activities, they have little if anything to do with actually building job-related teamwork.  Building effective teams …

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Why Representation Is More Powerful Than Inclusion Alone

Employee inclusion at all levels is a critical factor for organizational success. Because of the increased speed and urgency with which organizations are forced to adapt to a continually changing business environment, respond to new customer demands and effectively compete with the competition, employee inclusion is more important now than it’s ever been. Old ways …

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Professional Teams get better results

Why Most Business Teams Are Amateurs, And How To Become Professional

In my 35 years of consulting with business teams to lead breakthrough change efforts, I’ve learned one surprising thing: Professional business teams act like amateurs! If you want to learn about high-performing teams, pay attention to teams that have to perform well together. The success of sports teams, dance companies and music groups depends on their teamwork, …

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Diversity is a key to business success

Five Meaningful Ways To Support Diversity, Equity And Inclusion In Business

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a stated value for many companies, but making meaningful changes to support DEI often proves more difficult than simply claiming it as important. Below are five meaningful ways to support DEI in any organization. 1. Educate yourself and take personal inventory. Power dynamics in organizations most often mimic power …

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Virtual workshops are effective and fun

The Best Virtual Team Building Activities

By Mark Samuel – While many companies are starting to plan their journeys back to the office, many are making coming back to work optional for their employees and some organizations are simply staying virtual. In my 35 years of helping organizations build high-functioning teams, I never once thought virtual team building was possible, let …

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Cross-Functional teams communicate well together

Cross-Functional Teams: Challenges & Tips

Cross-functional teams haven’t always been popular, but nowadays we know organizations can’t get breakthrough results without them. When departments operate in functional silos, they simply don’t have the knowledge, awareness, or resources to help the organization move to the next level. An organization that doesn’t have cross-functional teams is like a person whose arms and …

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Cross-functional teams meet regularly

5 Dysfunctions of Cross-Functional Teams

By Mark Samuel – A cross-functional team is any team that includes members of multiple departments.Creating cross-functional teams in your organization can be a great way to reduce breakdowns, improve business execution, and attain breakthrough business results. But you have to be aware of the 5 common dysfunctions of cross-functional teams if you are going …

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Tips for Cross Functional Teams

Tips for Developing a Cross-Functional Team

Companies of all sizes benefit from what successful start-ups already know. Cross-functional teams can be a goldmine of innovative ideas and productive collaboration. Suppose you can minimize the dysfunction of creating teams with employees from different departments and different levels. In that case, you can get a lot done that benefits the whole company and …

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What is a Cross Functional Team

What Is A Cross Functional Team

Cross-functional teams (CFTs) are groups of employees from different functional areas within a company or business. Another word for cross-functional is cross-departmental. For example, a CFT could include individuals from marketing, sales, research and development (R&D), engineering, human resources (HR), and more. These teams can serve as an organization’s primary hierarchical structure or as working …

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Cross Functional teams save resources

6 Advantages of Cross-Functional Teams

By Mark Samuel – What is a Cross-Functional Team? Business organizations are riddled with silos. A silo is when functional teams or departments don’t communicate or work with each other, and act as solo entities within the same organization. This causes many problems within the organization such as communication and execution breakdowns, wasted resources, and …

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Agile Teams work together cross-functionally

How Agile Can Transform Itself For The New Decade

By Mark Samuel & Stacia Topping – Agile has proven to be such a valuable process and tool for technology companies that organizations in other industries have adopted it with success, as well. But our world continues to change, causing the business environment to speed up, become even more integrative and require an accelerated need …

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Business Teams 101: Definition, Building, & Execution

By Mark Samuel – What is a business team? A business team is any team that works together for a common goal, typically for a business organization or company.Business teams aren’t any different from other teams like sports teams or musical groups. When looking at Organizational Development around how to effectively operate as a business …

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Are Silos Causing Breakdowns in Your Organization?

By Mark Samuel – Did you know that departmental silos are the biggest obstacle tohigh performance, increased profitability, value-driven culture, andoverall success? In my consulting practice, I’ve seen that bringing functional leaders together to speak with one voice is one of the most profound changes an organization can make. Not only does this increase positivity within the culture of the organization, but it …

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