The art of building a self-aware team

Everybody agrees that the success of a project is determined by the effectiveness of the team performing it. Hence the emphasis organisations put on team building, with the consequent assignment of project time and money to group development activities. But, although project budgets often include funds that are utilized for the organization of special events, managers must recognize that most team learning processes actually happen during everyday project tasks. This paper describes how team building can be incorporated into a team's daily activities, to help its members increase their self awareness, focus and commitment towards achieving their strategic goals. The presentation, although set in a conceptual framework, will concentrate on the practical processes and tools that the leader can employ to develop the team, with particular reference to the planning sessions that characterize the initial conceptual and development phases of every project. The author, a consultant working with large corporations, ha
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