June 23, 2007 4:44 pm

one minute manager: Building teams

I am usually fascinated by One Minute Manager series – they are great books and thought provoking. I am also most influential to read the books authored by Ken Blanchard from my engineering school days. I am currently reading a book titled building high performance teams.

Characteristics of high performing teams: PERFORM –

  • Purpose
  • Empowerment
  • Relationaships and Communuication
  • Flexibility
  • Optimal Performance
  • Recognition and Appreciation
  • Morale

One other thing with reading One Minute manager books, is you would get into thinking and relate to your own situation as you read along the book. Now, that makes more interesting. Either makes you learn more or it helps you evaluate how you are doing in those situations or/and both to make more improvements.

I was just reading about Group Development Stages and I was thinking while evaluating the same – and figured our project team is somewhere closer to stage3. Now my thoughts are into how I can help make it to get to 3 first and then to 4 which I feel more empowered team.

4 stages of Group Development:

  1. Orientation
    1. follows one voice – and agree upon the goals –
    2. team gets the directions and leave with some accomplishment but there leaves an anxiety of what next and how to achieve
  2. Dissatisfaction
    1. some concerns and dissatisfactions;
    2. at times people be reserve and not speak up until asked for;
    3. leader encourages team to speak up and show dissatisfactions and concerns, to ensure people are on same page but still remain in the air;
    4. members are frustrated at times and feel confused. at least one individual being not comply with the rest of the team’s direction. etc.
  3. Resolution
    1. team lead is capable of resolving conflicts; team members are open for the conflict resolution;
    2. team members encourage one another 
    3. there is a warmth in the team on what their goals are and the execution plan;
    4. teams go out knowing what to do but gets into inidvidual effort and then try to combine the pieces of puzzle to make it a common goal
  4. Productive
    1. people take the leadership as and when appropriate;
    2. members take the responsibilities towards the common goal;
    3. generally not wait for someone to tell them what to do; team members are empowered to make decisions and take the solution alternatives to the table;homework being worked out fully thought about and discussed among teams and functional area resources. Team lead would jump in when there are any improvements or corrections required or if there was any direction necessary for the team; otherwise team members are empowered
    4. there is a lot of collaboration and respect each others’ values and perspectives.
    5. Team members are always excited.

 I am still half way reading through this book, and this seems be very informative…

<ram>corrected typo in title from “bulding” to “building” hehe…


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