As a team leader, the most challenging part of the job is not the work itself. It is the putting together of a team and overseeing them. Human relations are complex. It is made even more complicated when people are required to work in close quarters of each other, often requiring each other’s assistance. How do you make sure that your team cooperates and does not have conflicts?
“There is no such thing as ‘healthy’ competition within a knowledge organization; all internal competition is destructive. The nature of our work is that it cannot be done by any single person in isolation. Knowledge work is by definition collaborative.” This quote nicely sums up why collaboration is important in the workplace. Below, I expound on a few more points on why teamwork is essential in the office.
With the proliferation of cheap fast food, convenient food delivery services and household helpers, many parents do not see the need for their children to step in the kitchens. For some, cooking is being viewed as “women’s work” and do not allow their boys to engage in such “lowly activities”, preferring them to participate in sports or other more “manly” pursuits. But did you know that cooking is a skill that teaches so much more than meets the eye? Read on with an open mind and I guarantee you that you will scramble to the kitchen with your kids in tow!
A team is relatively easy to put together. But a great team, that takes some time and effort to construct. It is more than just a collection of people. If you would like to achieve the extraordinary with your team, read on to find out which are the essential ingredients that will make up a great team.
What is team cohesion? It is defined as the degree to which individual team members want to voluntarily contribute to the team’s ability to continue functioning as a work unit. The more cohesive a team is, the more it encourages peak performances amongst its members. Seems like a win-win situation for both the team members and the team as a whole. Cohesiveness can develop over time naturally, or expedited through team building activities. At CulinaryOn, during our cooking classes, team cohesiveness can be developed through cooking together. Here, we present 5 dishes that can significantly improve team cohesiveness when team members prepare them together.
As the saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. A team can be perceived as a chain. By having strong links between each team member, a durable and resilient team can be formed. One of the most effective ways to build a strong team is via team building activities. Read on to discover more benefits of organising team building activities.
Whether you currently head a team or am a team member, it is always advantageous to understand more about your team. The benefits of recognising each other’s strengths and weaknesses will greatly increase efficiency and productivity in the long run. Below, we focus on three ways on how you might understand your team better.
Some people do not believe in teamwork and prefer to work alone. If you have such team members in your office, you should let them know the benefits of teamwork. Casually slip in these points in your next meeting and influence them to become cooperative team members. You could also use these points to inspire your bosses to have more team building activities, which would mean more fun time with your colleagues, instead of being stuck in the office.
Collaborative team learning is an active learning technique whereby a team work and learn together in small groups to realise shared goals. Many benefits can be achieved when a team develops new skills together. In this article, we discover what the advantages are and how it can help your team.
Andrew Carnegie once wrote, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” If you would like to achieve uncommon results, here are 5 basic steps that you could start to make for a great foundation to a stronger team.