Business Haiku – Two cartoons on teamwork

Teams and teamwork and team building. A pretty funny thing that seems so simple but that involves so many bits and pieces. Teams want to form naturally. Put a group of four or five people together and give them a challenge and teamwork often results in a collective problem solving initiative.

But put a couple of teams together and the teamwork often takes on a competitive flavor. Some of that is good and some of that competition is less good since it negatively impacts collaboration.

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That is why interdepartmental collaboration is an oxymoron. And I will never understand why big organizations call operating units Divisions and expect them to work together… I wrote up some simple thoughts on this in the context of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine and some lessons learned. You can click on the icon above to view that thinking.

The reality is that shared goals and organizational alignment are critical issues for organizational teamwork and improvement. Something like this:

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Teamwork and alignment to shared goals neatly help to generate intrinsic motivation and peer pressure and support to accomplish more,

For the FUN of It!

Dr. Scott Simmerman and Lost Dutchman

Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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