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Teamwork Skills Blogs

Team work is important because your organisation succeeds by means of effective teams.

An effective team is defined as, “A group of two or more people who willingly work together in a spirit of cooperation with the intention to achieve a worthwhile, shared goal”.

The above definition suggests that team working depends on developing the right state of mind whereby every member of the team is working willingly, NOT begrudgingly. Each member of the team feels a sense of Cooperation, NOT uncooperative. and that the action is geared to the achievement of a shared goal, (teams whose members do not agree on the goal will fail).

Teamwork training depends on the following six skills. Agreeing a shared goal. Clear communication across the whole team. Good planning. Good conflict resolution. Positive mental attitude. A spirit of mutual cooperation.

Teamwork Skills Blogs

Best Way to Manage My Team

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If you want to lead your team in the best possible way, you need to be aware of the six major professional standards for managers and ensure that you are fully conversant with all of them.

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Team Problem Solving

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It is a fact that the most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain. These ideas are usually the fruits of many minds working in harmony, to solve a shared problem. The best way to achieve this is using the Mastermind method.

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The Mastermind Principle

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The most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain. The Mastermind principle is based on harnessing the creative power of the whole team, in order to successfully achieve the team's goal.

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Building Better Work Relationships

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The better your relationships with other people, the more likely you will be able to work together, to achieve your common goals. Ten tips to apply in order to improve your work relationships.

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The Use and Abuse of Humour At Work

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At work, it can be good to have a laugh. However, it is better to NOT clown around.

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Effective Team Working

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How to get your team to pull together so the team will work like an efficient, fully functioning, well oiled, machine.

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Be a Team Player

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Think carefully about how you can make the lives of your fellow team members better. If you do, then you will be considered to be a positive, beneficial addition to the team. If you don't, you won't.

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What are the Benefits of Working In a Team?

23 January 2015

What Are the Benefits of Working in a Team? Would you like to know what the seven benefits of working in a team are? There is a benefit in having the capacity to do more work. More people can do more work. A benefit in having the added brain power. Two

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How can I Get the Team to Work Together?

17 October 2014

How can I get the team to work together? Do the members of your team seem to act in ways that are contrary to the concept of "Good Team Work"? Do your team members sometimes fight amongst themselves, and tend to work against each other; rather than with each other? If

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The 15 Major Causes of Failure and How to Avoid Them

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Adapt and you will steadily progress towards the achievement of your goals.

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Coaching and Mentoring Skills

1 July 2014

Non-Directive Coaching and Mentoring Coaching and mentoring are both forms of non-directive teaching. Non directive teaching is radically different to directive teaching. Rather than a directive teacher saying, "Do this. Do that. Learn this. Learn that." a coach or mentor would use a series of provocative questions that would induce the

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A Good Team Builder

30 January 2014

How to build the team On the last presentation of the effective leader manager course, I posed the following question to the delegates: "What are the qualities that make a great leader- manager?" The group came up with the following list of attributes. The leader-manager is a person who is: A

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Building Effective Teams

13 December 2013

Building an effective team An effective team is a valuable asset An effective team has the ability to pool its mental, intellectual, emotional and material resources in such a way, that the performance of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, meaning: that if the members work together

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How can I Develop a Good Team?

11 December 2013

How can I develop a good team? A team is a group of two or more individuals who work together in a cooperative union for the achievement of a valuable goal. Teams are vital to your success because the fact is, you cannot succeed on your own. You need the knowledge

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How can I Motivate the Team?

6 November 2013

How can I motivate my team? As a leader, one of your jobs is to motivate the team to achieve goals and targets. But some people are not very motivated. And worse still, some people are actively de-motivated; they are cynical and negative. But you don't get much productivity out of

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Staff Development Training

6 September 2013

Staff development training You need to get the best performance from your staff. Why? Because the future survival and success of your organisation depends on the quality and quantity of their performance. If you get a good performance from the staff, then your chances for great success improve dramatically, and if

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How can I Improve Team Performance?

28 August 2013

How to improve team performance The future of your organisation depends upon the performance of the team. If the team performance is good, then your future will go well. If your team performance is no-good, then your future will be hell. Your organisation is made up of individuals. Those individuals come

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Staff Training Programme

22 July 2013

Training programmes for your staff Staff training is important, because your future success is dependent on the performance of your staff. If your staff perform well, then you will achieve your goals and you will be successful. If your staff don't perform well, then you will not achieve your goals and

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People Management Skills - Motivation Training

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If you manage a team, it is important to understand what motivates people. A motivated team will be more productive.

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How can you Motivate Others

5 December 2011

How can you motivate others? Motivation is one of the top priorities of leaders and managers. If your team is not motivated, then you will not get the best from them. If they are motivated, then you will. How can you motivate others? Let us look.... Motivation can be split into

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The 7 People Management Skills

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To get the best from other people, there are seven main categories of people management skills that you should consciously work to improve.

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Blog Categories

Accelerated Learning (7)

Accelerated learning techniques are special methods of organising information, so that you can more rapidly memorise and more accurately recall it on demand. Accelerated learning also includes mind mapping and creative thinking techniques.

Assertiveness (10)

Assertiveness is a both a communication style and a mind-set which, when combined, allows a people to express their meaning using just the amount of forcefulness, in relation to their body language, voice tone and spoken language.

Change Management (20)

Change management training is how to use the fact of continuous change, to work FOR you, rather than against you. It is a fact that all improvement implies change, but many people hate change. Change management is about training people to love change as a means of making the future better.

Coaching, Mentoring and Developing Staff (8)

There is a pressing need to develop the next generation of leaders, managers and technical experts. One way to develop staff is through coaching and mentoring. To be an effective coach and mentor is not an easy skill to master. These blogs discuss the skills of coaching, mentoring and staff development.

Communication - Clear Communication (64)

One to the most important facets of communication is clarity. Whenever you write or speak, your words should denote only one possible meaning. If your words can be properly interpreted in multiple ways, then you are creating the conditions for confusion, error and misunderstanding. These blogs discuss the nature of clear communication.

Communication - Listening Skills (6)

Communication includes the ability to attend to, understand and memorise what people say to you. Effective Listening is an active, not a passive process. These bloggs discuss what it takes to be a good listener.

Communication - Nonverbal Communication (5)

Communication includes a large visual component. How you appear, as you speak, makes a big difference to how your message is received. These blogs are about how to best use your body language. (Eye contact, posture, dress, hand and arm gestures, etc.)

Communication - Persuasive Communication (36)

Persuasion is the art of convincing others that your ideas are good, right, fair and practical, and in addition, persuasion includes motivating people to put your ideas into action. Persuasion is a key communication skill that everyone should study. These blogs discuss how to be more persuasive.

Communication - Written Communication (8)

A part of your communication is in the written form. Writing well is a skill that most people do not study, though it is of immense importance. These blogs discuss how you might improve your written communication.

Conflict Management and Handling Difficult People (29)

Conflict is inevitable, and when it occurs, you need to resolve it quickly and efficiently. Conflict management (and handling difficult people) is about managing your communication and your emotions, so that you arrive at a negotiated solution as quickly as possible. This series of blogs discusses the various ways you can best manage conflict.

Decision Making and Problem Solving (17)

Decision making is the skill of selecting the best option from many options. And problem solving is the skill at determining the causes and implications of a problem and finding efficient remedies. This series of blogs discusses the elements of effective decision making and problem solving.

Goal Setting (11)

Success is the achievement of a worthwhile goal. And therefore, the first step to achieving a goal is to set it. Goal setting is the starting point of all achievement and is one of the most important topics you could study. This series of blogs discuss the elements of goal setting.

Leadership and Management (130)

Leadership is the art of setting a clear goal and inspiring others to achieve it. Management is the art of organising resources so as to most efficiently achieve that goal. This series of blogs discuss the details of leadership and management.

Mental Health (6)

Mental health is the skill of managing your own mind so as to achieve mental stability and a high degree of rationality. Mental ill health is the opposite, mental instability and irrational actions. This series of blogs, discusses how you might manage your mind.

Motivation (29)

Motivation is an emotion that induces action. Without motivation, nobody would achieve anything of value. This series of blogs discusses the various ways you can motivate yourself and others.

Other (34)

Whilst interesting and informative in their own right, these blogs don't fit into a category.

People Management (6)

People management is a combination of skills including goal setting, communication, planning, handling conflict and motivation skills. This series of blogs discusses people management skills.

Personal Development (93)

The best investment you can make is in your own personal development. If you develop your skills, knowledge and experience, then you will maximise your potential to produce excellent results. This series of blogs looks at the details of personal development.

Personal Effectiveness (85)

You are not paid for how hard you work; you are paid for your effectiveness. It is possible to improve your effectiveness and get more valuable work done in less time and effort. This series of blogs discusses how you might improve your personal effectiveness and therefore speed up your rate of progress.

Positive Thinking (4)

The quality of your results is based upon the quality of your actions. And your actions are controlled by your thoughts. To simultaneously improve both your material results and your mental health, it is vital to develop the skills of positive thinking.

Stress Management (2)

Stress can be both good for you and bad for you. Good Stress triggers improvement. Bad stress grinds you down. Stress management is about using stress to help you to improve, and to avoid the negative effects of too much stress. These blogs discuss the various aspects of stress management.

Supervisory Management Skills (4)

Supervisory management skills are a combination of five major skill sets, setting goals, communication skills, planning, performance management and motivation. These blogs discuss the details of supervisory management skills.

Team Leadership (4)

For the most part, we all work in teams. Leading the team effectively can make all the difference to the performance of the team, as a whole. This series of blogs discuss the details of team leadership.

Teamwork (21)

Teams are often composed of people who have very different personalities and skills. In order to perform well, the members of the team must work well together and play to each other’s strengths. This series of blogs covers the importance of team work skills.

Time Management (64)

Time management is about prioritising, planning, organising and delegating, so that, at any moment, you are always adding the most value, and setting the conditions for your future success. This series of blogs investigates how you might better manage your time.