Four Stages of Team Development

In 1965, psychologist Bruce Tuckman wrote an article entitled, "Developmental sequence in small groups." In this article he presented a model for the four stages of team development, which came to be known as forming, storming, norming, performing. This simple…

You Bring Out the Best in Others Through Coaching, Not Dictating

What do all sports teams have in common? Whether it's a high school, college, or professional team, they all have a coach. And while a coach handles a wide array of functions, the most important thing that a coach can…

If You Only Do One Thing, Create Clarity

One of the most common causes of frustration, dysfunction, and stagnation for a team is often the result of one thing: lack of clarity. It's as simple as that. People become confused when there is a lack of clarity. And…

Effective Team Leadership: Getting the Right People on the Bus

In his all-time business classic (that every leader should read), Good to Great, author Jim Collins explains how "great" companies get the right people on the bus (and subsequently, the wrong people off). While not a revolutionary concept, it was…

Leader: What Your Team Needs From You

Leaders--ask not what your team can do for you, ask what you can do for your team! If you want to lead a high-functioning, high-performing team, it is imperative that you focus less on giving orders and more on giving…

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