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Brainstorming sessions have historically been known to nudge any discussion towards the right direction, and to evolve a solution to any given problem. They are usually done in closed groups. Some ways have been identified to understand how such sessions may be used towards the best possible targets. First of all, the team organizing the brainstorm must know whom all to call, so must ensure these few invaluable employees attend. The venue for the sessions must feel like a safe place where business innovations may be discussed without any fear of their radical ideas being killed. Among these the practical ideas, and those that appear radical, need be voted for or against separately. Some time needs to be allotted where solo thinking or introspection may take place. Some of the session participants must be confident enough to openly commit their next steps towards fulfilling the ideas.

Source:https://www.bcg.com/publications/2018/five-ways-nudge-brainstorms-greatness.aspx?linkId=54815033&redir=true

Uploaded Date:25 August 2018

The usual perception is that teamwork cannot be separated from organizational effectiveness. However, in practice it doesn’t always work that way. Certain teams require more of collaborative work, while in others, attempts to foster such teamwork may end up spoiling the good work. So, team leaders must identify whether theirs is a high-performing team or a team of high-performing individuals. In the case of the latter, one-on-one meetings are far more effective with quarterly team get-togethers. In the case of the former, team work pays off dividends. Leaders good at talent management need to divide their group of players into certain pre-defined roles. These roles are- agenda setters, integrators, execution drivers, talent developers, diplomats, role models, architects and trailblazers. The roles may get tweaked to some extent for top management roles where the person is leading a team of executives.

Source:https://hbr.org/2018/08/when-is-teamwork-really-necessary

Uploaded Date:25 August 2018

Due to the present global nature of business, no strategic business activity can be convincingly implemented till business intelligence is gathered from different people working in the organization. This includes discussions on cost reduction, new product development, revenue growth or innovations. One of the time-honoured traditions at executing this is through cross-functional teams. While these have become permanent fixtures in companies, their effectiveness is a matter of much debate. The corporate strategy consulting wing of PwC conducted a study according to which a mere six percent of such teams’ members agree wholeheartedly to their success. To best improve the work of such cross-functional teams, complete advocacy and support is needed from the senior executive team. Plus, clear performance measuring metrics and goals need to be spelled out. A formal knowledge transfer process has to be initiated.

Source:https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Reimagining-Effective-Cross-Functional-Teams?gko=d02f2

Uploaded Date:18 August 2018

While no organization would in its right mind want to burn-out its employees, many of them inadvertently end up doing so. A survey was anchored by Deloitte recently to understand this phenomenon, where sadly it came to be realized that more than three-fourths of respondents had experienced such burnout. This is true even though a higher figure had even confirmed at feeling passionate about their work. About two-thirds had felt workplace stress and a similar figure is unhappy with the efforts taken by the employer. A fifth even went as far to state that no corporate training programmes were arranged to combat this stress. The Deloitte survey brought out some key recommendations which companies would be well advised to follow in this regard. For a start, real weekends and holidays need be encouraged. A culture must be created where the achievements are celebrated and good deeds recognized.

Source:https://hbr.org/2018/07/how-managers-can-prevent-their-teams-from-burning-out?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=dailyalert_activesubs&utm_content=signinnudge&referral=00563&deliveryName=DM11123

Uploaded Date:09 August 2018

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