Don’t Confuse Collaboration with Being Nice: 7 Ways to Promote Healthy Team Debate

In her consulting work with organizations, teams expert Eunice Parisi-Carew finds that organizations sometimes confuse collaboration with simply getting along or being polite. That’s a common mistake—and one of the most difficult to address. “Collaboration is often hardest within polite groups of people because they don’t tend to express differences openly,” explains Parisi-Carew. “True collaboration…

Think You’re Ready to Collaborate? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Ken Blanchard knows a thing or two about collaboration.  After all, he’s written successful business books with over 60 different coauthors.  In a new article for Chief Learning Officer, Ken shares five keys for successful collaboration from his latest book, Collaboration Begins with You, which is being released on October 12.  Together with coauthors Eunice…

Virtual Team Too Big? 3 Warning Signs

Because of the diversity of ideas and perspectives, virtual teams are the ideal forum to gather best practices and implement changes across geographical and organizational boundaries. Unfortunately, time zone challenges and large group meetings with little time for involvement mean most virtual teams do not live up to their potential. How do you as a…

How to Celebrate with Your Virtual Team—12 fun ideas!

This is a great time of year to celebrate holidays around the world, commemorate team accomplishments, or just take time to build relationships for the year ahead. When people work together face to face, celebrating can be spontaneous. Without prompting, someone brings in snacks or puts up decorations to celebrate a holiday, group achievement, or…

Virtual Team Innovation: Are you a “quilter” or a “weaver”? 5 tips

Most virtual teams are organized for cut and paste work, or what I like to call quilting. Each team member creates a part of the project—sometimes simultaneously, sometimes sequentially—and the parts are sewn together. Each person operates independently, performance evaluations are based solely on individual work, and meetings are opportunities to share progress reports. This…

Five Keys to Better Teams

One of the biggest challenges teams face is building trust and managing conflict. While you want differing opinions, it’s important that conflict stay focused on content and not become personal. How do you encourage healthy debate?  Here are five team attitudes and perspectives that can help you build trust and keep conflict productive in your…