Towards a New Definition of High Performance Teams

Posted by Ash Wall on Aug 22, 2016 2:19:08 PM

"All of these major changes in organizational life and business are raising powerful questions about what a team can and should do. Today’s high performance team cannot just focus primarily on its producing. A high performance team gives equal, if not more, attention to how it provides for its team members."

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Topics: Teamwork, Organizational Culture

Open Enrollment Workshops 2016

Posted by Ash Wall on May 11, 2016 12:45:58 PM

We're throwing the doors open at Edgework Consulting in 2016, offering some of our most popular materials in open enrollment workshops. For those of you curious about seeing an Edgework Consulting workshop live, this is a great opportunity. Each workshop will be held at our headquarters in Boston's Financial District. Our next one is Giving & Receiving Feedback. Here are the details:

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Topics: Teamwork, Workshops and Training

3 Reasons Your Company Should Invest in Culture

Posted by Lou Bergholz on Jan 28, 2016 5:38:01 PM

A positive culture can drive growth, increase retention, spur productivity and inspire creativity. A negative culture can lead to disillusionment, reduced engagement, and send good team members and promising talent heading for the exit. Here are three reasons to invest in building a positive culture for your company.

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Topics: Teamwork, Organizational Culture, Productivity, Workplace Culture

4 Principles to Guide You Through Culture Change

Posted by Brooke Baker on Jan 12, 2016 1:44:32 PM

Culture change is difficult. Organizations, big or small, have many moving parts, and culture exists in each part of an organization. To succeed, it pays to have a plan, but before you plan, it's helpful to understand how culture takes hold. If you want to be an agent of culture change, keep these four guiding principles in mind.

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Topics: Teamwork, Organizational Culture, Workplace Culture

Make Your Meetings Shorter to Make them more Productive

Posted by Brooke Baker on Dec 8, 2015 4:02:50 PM

The length of meeting should be determined by what needs to happen, not by how much time is available. Different people, different topics, and different decision making processes mean that each meeting is unique. Despite the differences, almost every meeting is scheduled in the same half-hour increments. When sending a meeting invite to your team, you’re stuck deciding between two imperfect options. Your mouse may hover on 30 minutes as you think “well, I guess we don’t need a decision until next week…”, then it scurries to 60 as you consider “…but Jason is traveling until Tuesday...”

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Topics: Teamwork, Time Management, Meetings

Want to Change Your Workplace Culture? Time to Crown Your Champions

Posted by Emily Helm on Nov 30, 2015 9:39:33 AM

Negative feedback, passive aggressiveness, and a steady stream of departing employees are all symptoms of something rotten in a workplace culture. For otherwise thoughtful, productive people, a negative workplace culture causes stress, stifles productivity, and communicates that a long-term career in the company is not likely to be possible. When people start to leave the team and productivity starts to slump, acknowledging that something is wrong is an important first step. But then comes the hard part: what do about it.

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Topics: Teamwork, Organizational Culture, Workplace Culture

Remote Teaming: Four Characteristics Great Communicators Have In Common

Posted by Lou Bergholz on Nov 23, 2015 9:57:49 AM

Remote teaming is still teaming, and whether you’re new to the remote game, grappling with the decision of working remotely, or have been working remotely for a while, communication with your teammates remains key. In our research on remote teaming, we've found these those who excel at remote communication share these four characteristics.

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Topics: Teamwork, Remote Teaming