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Mission Statement Generator by Dilbert

Mission Statement Generator by Dilbert
If, like me, you think that Company Mission Statements are often not worth the fancy cards they are embossed you should take a look at Dilbert's Automatic Mission Statement Generator (unfortunately no longer available online). It looks like many of our major enterprises and public organizations have used it already!

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Organizing for value

Organizing for value
When large companies are organized in the traditional divisional structure, strategic decisions often fall to managers under short-term budgetary pressure. Success in one unit hides failures in others and ventures that promise strong future growth are starved if they can't contribute short-term.

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The 3 rings of commitment in any group

The 3 rings of commitment in any group
Managing any team, network or group becomes a whole lot easier if you understand the distinction of the three concentric rings of team member commitment.

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Wired Magazine features Bioteams

Wired Magazine features Bioteams
Are you smarter than a goose? Sure you are -- one on one. But when it comes to working efficiently, you and your colleagues can't touch the gaggle. According to author Ken Thompson, geese and other animals that naturally form groups have a lot to teach us about business. In a theory he calls organizational biomimetics, Thompson lays out the principles underlying nature's management strategies. So what can you learn from a bird or an ant? Take a gander. Katharine Gammon at Wired Magazine reports.

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Games Teams Play

Games Teams Play
In 1964 psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne published a wonderful book Games people play in which he identified the different games people play, often unwittingly, in social situations based on his concept of transaction analysis. People in teams play games too including Freeloader, Pseudo-engager, Chase-me, Senior Partner, Inquisitor, Stop-Starter, Overcommunicator, Email Fixater and Attachmentitis.

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The Bioteaming Breakthrough for High Performance Teams

The Bioteaming Breakthrough for High Performance Teams
To succeed in work environments today, you must be able to work in teams - but they are not your father's teams anymore. Bioteams are the most appropriate ways to think about teams, networks and organizations in today's interconnected world. Nature's teams display four traits that don't naturally seem to occur in organizational teams and that I contend make a huge difference to human performance. Read the full article at THE BPM Institute.

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Predictably Irrational teams

Predictably Irrational teams
Teams, networks, groups and their members behave in an irrational way but quite predictably so. A good team leader will understand this and use it to everyone’s advantage. One key point is to knowing each team members motivations and whether they are operating in “social economy” or “market economy” mindsets.

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Sports teams and organizational teams: a bioteams crowdbreaker

Sports teams and organizational teams: a bioteams crowdbreaker
I have to thank Jo Jordan for the idea behind this excellent little crowdbreaker which introduces the bioteams concepts and shows very quickly in a concrete way that it makes perfect sense when you actually think about it.

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Bioteams: The Next Frontier of Business Process Management

Bioteams: The Next Frontier of Business Process Management
Support for collaboration is the hot discussion in BPM circles these days, and for good reason. It’s the human-to-human interactions of teams that count when it comes to innovation and agility. ... you and everyone you work with must be able to function in and through internal and multi-company teams, and must also grasp what the latest concept of “team” really means….

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The Virtual Team Profiler: the fastest way to find out what your virtual team needs

The Virtual Team Profiler: the fastest way to find out what your virtual team needs
A virtual team profiling technique to help you spot problems before they turn into nasty surprises by first exposing the nature of the team in 8 key dimensions: Team Objectives, Leadership Style, Member Profiles, Team Shape, Environment, Working Approach, Social Dynamic and Technology.

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The Surprising Secret of Team Productivity: Cubicles

The Surprising Secret of Team Productivity: Cubicles
In Collision detection Clive Thompson comments on a new study published in The Journal of Human Movement Science (Dec 2007), which suggests that when you can see other workers performing different tasks out the corner of your eye, it slows you down.

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Online team assessment: free bioteams tool released

Online team assessment: free bioteams tool released
I am pleased to announce the release of a new Flash-based Bioteams Instant Team Assessment tool which provides an online snapshot of how much a team is operating like a bioteam by calculating its bioteams footprint across 5 key areas: beliefs, leadership, connectivity, execution and organization.

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The Truth about Office Life

The Truth about Office Life
David Bolchover, author of The Living Dead: The Truth about Office Life, writing for the UK Times Newspaper in “Sickness at work: the big story” asks the big question: Why do smaller companies have fewer absences? And what can the big corporations do?

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How Do I Motivate My Team? The Three-Step Turbocharging Method

How Do I Motivate My Team? The Three-Step Turbocharging Method
It is far too easy for teams to lose focus in today's fast paced collaborative virtual workplace. When your team starts falling behind and can no longer see just how mission critical their work is to the project, it is time for you to help the team focus, and in turn, turbo-charge their effectiveness. Ken Thompson and Robin Good suggest how you can re-kindle the team's fire.

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Seven team decision-making methods

Seven team decision-making methods
The way a team decides to decide is one of the most important decisions it makes. In the excellent book, "Why Teams Don't Work" the authors, Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley, identify seven key decision-making methods for teams.

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Managing Virtual Teams: Five Triggers

Managing Virtual Teams: Five Triggers
Dominic M. Thomas at Emory University suggests five key triggers which can be used to intervene with a virtual team which is heading for a problem before it is too late to do anything to fix it.

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Team Swarming: are your team wasps or bees

Team Swarming: are your team wasps or bees
Sometimes the Bee-team is the A-team: the importance of an automatic team swarm response to threats and opportunities.

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The law of requisite variety and team agility

The law of requisite variety and team agility
An obvious characteristic of nature's best teams is that they seem to have just the right amount of structure to handle their environments. Too much and they would be slow and cumbersome; too little and they would lack the sophisticated responses to protect their position in the food chain.

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The four disciplines of great teams

The four disciplines of great teams
I have noticed that there are four things which good teams seem to do and which bad teams don't do. Check to see how your own team shapes up.

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Corporate structure: the next step for multinationals

Corporate structure: the next step for multinationals

In a new book, From Global to MetaNational, Strategy experts and Insead Professors, Yvez Doz, José Santos and Peter Williamson argue that the future form of successful global enterprise has now changed from the multinational to the metanational.


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