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10 Minute Guide to Motivating People by Nancy Stevenson

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What Makes a Good Team?

Not all teams are created equal, although some team-building theories treat them as if they were. A brand new team has different opportunities and challenges than an existing team riddled with conflicts and politics. Likewise, large teams are different than small teams. Decision teams, such as an executive committee that votes on policy decisions, have different mandates than work teams, which work together on day-to-day tasks to reach measurable goals.

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Decision teams function primarily to make decisions. An example would be a committee formed to review flex time policies at a company. Work teams have to coordinate individual efforts on a day-to-day basis to perform tasks; a space shuttle crew is a work team. ...

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