March '19

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1 0 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 Your Personal Business Trainer V i n c e D i C e c c o BUSINESS MANAGEMENT F or most of the past three decades in training and development circles, much has been made about the virtues of team building and team-oriented organizations. The Quality Improvement Movement of the late-1980s had the quality gurus like Joseph Juran and Phillip Crosby convincing American businesses that creating cross-functional action teams to work on vital quality improvement projects would cure the company's ills. Please don't misunderstand my skeptical tone here. There is no doubt that your chances for success in overcoming a problem are much greater when more than one person is commit- ted to working on it. What many companies fail to do when they commission these teams is concentrate on the fundamentals. ARE YOU REALLY USING TEAM-BASED MANAGEMENT? In her blog "The Benefits of Team-Based Organizations and Faster Growth," Julie Bevacqua writes, "The game is changing. As much as a people-focused strategy is vital to engagement and performance, a collaborative approach to working is fundamental to problem-solving and driving progress. Companies are realizing that top-down, formal reporting hierarchies and silo-based organizational models are detrimental to innovation and growth— and they're making a shift. Forward-think- ing organizations are pivoting towards a flexible, team-based model that encourages collaboration and community across de- partments and the enterprise as a whole." According to a Deloitte study, 38 per- cent of companies and 24 percent of large companies (those with more than 50,000 employees) have moved away from func- tional structures towards dynamic net- works of teams. There are distinct advantages to insert- ing teams into the corporate culture such THINGS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO… Build That Championship Team

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