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10 Minute Guide to Motivating People by Nancy Stevenson

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Teamwork Today

Although it seems as though the concept of team building has been lurking around the corporate hallways in the form of buzzwords and workshops for a long time now, it's a relatively recent addition. To a large extent, the workplace of 50 years ago was based on a vertical hierarchy in which rigid job descriptions defined one's contribution to the whole.

As society became more prosperous, workers became better educated, our economy offered more choices, and people began to question these rigid roles. Studies on team building began in the late 1940s but really took off in the 1950s, when programs that assisted veterans in obtaining an education became widespread and there was less unemployment. People began to look to the workplace ...

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