Situation: You need your team to come together quickly.
We often say that knowing the right questions to ask can be even more important than "knowing" what to do. For that reason, in Project Headway, each task level activity includes a section called "Questions that you ask of yourself and others". The section below lists out the questions we currently include in Creating Incentives for Teamwork. What would you add or remove from this list?
Questions to Ask of Yourself and Others
To better understand how to create incentives for teamwork, consider asking yourself the following questions:
Consider asking your HR person, trusted colleague, or the team member the same questions.
Build a team; develop teamwork. Encourage individual participants to work with others as a team, giving the team the authority to act within their level of responsibility. Facilitate communication between individuals and foster an attitude of cooperation. Ensure that team members have a clear understanding of their own tasks, the tasks assigned to other team members, and the relationships between the two. Let the team balance individual empowerment and group collaboration. Allow individuals to control their own style of work, while encouraging team members to develop methods of coordination.
Situation: A "story" would really help your cause, but you're not quite sure how to make it work.
A story can make a huge difference in your effectiveness as a Project Manager. While you don't want to over-think it or turn telling the story into a complex process, there are a few things that are good to consider - especially if it's important that you get the message across in a clear, motivational way. So here's some food for thought.
First establish a purpose...
Why are you telling a story? (a few possibilities)
Choosing a story to tell
Is this your story?
Is this their story?
Is this story right for now?
Will anyone care or remember it?
I think that the points above are critical when picking a story to tell and thinking it through. If you would like to go a bit deeper - tuning your story and rating your delivery of it, check out our new Project Management Story Telling Checklist.
Teambuilding Without Training Wheels
|Situation: You're Hard Up For Team Building Options|
There are sites out there that offer teambuilding exercises you can do in the office, which I guess is ok if your group is the "go along with it" type. However, most need something a little different and off-site. Which brings us to this goofy idea for a teambuilding exercise. The conference bike has been around for a while now. I thought I'd throw it out here, just because its unusual. Wikipedia defines teambuilding in a rather complex way, which I think is what happens once people start consulting in a particular area. To me, if everyone just gets along a little better afterwards, then we've had a good outing.
I tend to think weird=memorable. I'm still working on getting everyone to do the group Trapeze Lessons. We've done Dave and Busters, Ice Skating, etc. - but I just can't bring myself to do the ropes course thing. Our crew is a little more outspoken , dynamic, and opinionated than most. So we just try to get together and have a good time once in a while.
Color Me Funny...
|Situation: Your Team Needs a Good Laugh|
I'm not typically an email "forwarder", but someone really put some time and thought into this Executive Coloring Book. My friend Laurie sent it to me a couple of months ago and everyone I've shown it to loves it.
Turn the Company Picnic into a Music Video...
|Situation: You Need To Turn a Stack of Meeting Pics into Something Cool...|
How many meetings have you been to where someone has a PowerPoint slide show of bad digital pics cycling through checkerboard transitions @ 1 every 3 seconds. Fliptrack offers a quick way to replace those LAME-O snoozefests with a quick music video. This is a decidedly poor example (just some pics of ganttheads from the 2006 PMI NA Global Congress), but it took me less than two minutes to throw together...