Spaces and tools make all the difference in teamwork. This article explains the difference between a meeting and a workshop and refers to the lessons learned by the agile movement.
Source : Meetings vs. Workshops
It is true that working with or on teams often leads to comparing workplaces and sports teams. Here is an interesting step back on the question of the relevance of such a metaphor: unlike work teams which share a purpose and need to cooperate, sports teams play in a win/lose paradigm. Also: achieving is not winning.
The author provides characteristics of effective work teams, and focuses on the way teams work.
Yet another main stream magazine focuses on teams and collaboration, with an approach via the notion of team spirit. Training, recruitment, offices: teams across disciplines are the key, and they create a new form of organization where hierarchies give place to networks.
The article offers a few insights for understanding what it calls « the fashion for teams. » As if it were a model that will vanish within months!
The conclusion that teams require management may fall a little short of the relevance of the topic. Still, it’s always good news to read about teams in a major magazine on economics.
Source : Team spirit
2 insights in this article about teams: what resilience is for a team or a company, and how it is a characteristic of groups (rather than individuals.) The author provides 3 simple techniques to build team resilience. It includes the more and more common notion that employees work better toward their company’s goals when they are free to make autonomous decisions.