1. Critical Elements of Team Functioning

    There are indicators that can help teams determine whether they are working well together or not. They are the critical elements of team functioning. How teams handle each of these areas determines how effectively they will interact with other groups. The Jungle Escape activity is designed to surfac…Read More

  2. Five Skills for Effective Team Leaders and Supervisors: Developing Staff

    Developing your staff involves being aware of, and actively working to increase, the skill level of each employee being supervised. The important component here is knowledge of the employees as individuals.  Each employee has his or her own skills, abilities, needs and personality.  A supervisor w…Read More

  3. Five Skills for Effective Team Leaders and Supervisors: Organizing the Work

    Organizing the work involves assigning people, equipment and tasks to meet work goals. Shifting organizational and personal priorities necessitate almost constant reorganization of work (Thompson, 1995). The primary consideration in organizing or reorganizing work is the effect on the organization.…Read More

  4. Characteristics of Cooperative Teams

    A cooperative team shares a common goal of getting projects completed together with other groups. When planning a project or task, a great deal of time is devoted to how the groups will work together to accomplish goals effectively and efficiently. Cooperative teams may display the following charact…Read More

  5. Five Skills for Effective Team Leaders and Supervisors: Guiding the Work

    Guiding the work involves taking the direction of the organization and translating it into actionable plans for the work group.  The supervisor’s view of work must be broader than that of his or her employees. Being an effective supervisor means understanding the bigger picture, which includes t…Read More

  6. Characteristics of Non-Interactive Teams

    A non-interactive team limits its focus to its own team. They may spend a little or a lot of time planning; however, it is completed without consideration for the larger picture and the needs of the other group or team. As a result, their planning efforts are minimally effective in accomplishing the…Read More

  7. The Heart of the Supervisor or Team Leader’s Job

    Perhaps more than any other role in the organization, the role of supervisor has changed dramatically through the evolution of the organization and changes in society (See Kerr, 1986, for an interesting history of the role of the supervisor). At the heart of the supervisor’s job is the task of ge…Read More

  8. Characteristics of Competitive Groups and Teams

    A competitive team is more concerned with the success of its own unit than with the success of the organization as a whole. The may spend little time planning and focus instead on how they can win. As a result, they spend very little time assessing the other team’s needs and expectations for compl…Read More