Secrets of successful teams

Being a success is not always to be a success individually. In fact, most of the times we achieve our successes as part of a team. We are all part of teams. Our family is a team. Our place of work is a team. The community groups we belong to are teams. Sometimes we are the team leader or “coach,” while other times we fulfill the role of follower, or “player.

Some principles of successful teams

Communication Leader
The leader needs to communicate the vision. If they are setting the pace, they need to let people know where they are going so that the team can follow.  He/She communicates the vision frequently, so as to always be updating the team as to where they are at and what changes need to be made.

Team
Watch a good basketball team. They are talking to each other all of the time. Helping one another out, encouraging one another, praising one another, and telling each other how they can make changes so the same mistakes aren’t made again. The same is true of successful teams in the professional world and in life in general.

Excellence
Great teams are the ones that are committed to excellence. In everything they do, their goal is to achieve at the highest level. And this commitment is held throughout the team and at every level. A successful team cannot have members who are not committed to excellence because in the end they will become the weak link.

Followership

Good teams are filled with people who are committed to following and getting the job done.

 

Understanding Roles

Every team works best when their members have clearly defined and understood roles. Some do one thing, others do another. One isn’t better or more important than the other, just different.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Every team member has strengths and weaknesses. The successful teams are those who on a regular and consistent basis enable the members to operate out of their strengths and not out of their weaknesses. And what is one person’s strengths will cover another’s weakness.

Fun

The team that plays together stays together. Is your team all work and no play? If you’re smart, that will change. Get your team out of the office once a month and go have some fun. Enjoy one another.

Common Goals and Vision

I have found that these need to have three aspects. Short, simple and clear. Can you say it in less than 30 seconds? Is it simple? Can you and others understand it? Does the team all know what they are working together for?

Appreciation

All through the “game,” successful teams appreciate one another and show it in a variety of ways.

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  by Chris Widener


Fonte: http://www.woopidoo.com/articles/chriswidener/successful-teams.htm

How much should you reveal online? – Quanto você deve revelar online?

 

Here are five things you need to know about how to protect your privacy on social networks and how to avoid serious problems caused by sharing too much information.

1.) Just because you’re cautious, don’t assume you’re safe.

The biggest error people make is thinking that being cautious removes all risk.  Most of the harm we see across all ages is caused by things that other people post about you, sometimes even without your knowledge. Anyone can tweet about you and post photos — and thanks to facial-recognition technology, you can always be identified and auto-tagged! To take control, set up alerts with your name, monitor social networks and ask your friends and network to keep you informed. Reputation.com offers a free monitoring tool, ReputationAlerts, that keeps you informed of everywhere your name appears online.

2.) Be careful about third party apps.

There are hundreds of third party apps on social networks and smart phones that transmit detailed personal information to the companies that make them. You may enjoy playing with some of the apps, but it is best to maintain privacy control and use them carefully. Allowing companies to access your Twitter and Facebook account, which is what you do when you download an app, could also result in personal data being shared – not just for advertising, but even to your healthcare company.

3.) Don’t overshare.

It’s tempting to announce via your online megaphone that you got some days off on the beach .Or that you’ve gained 15 pounds after the holidays! But if you do so, you may well be handing over your life’s keys. This information is now known to be used by home intruders, insurance companies, health care providers, employers, etc.

4.) Resist accepting ALL friend and follower requests.

When starting out on a social network, it’s tempting to accept every friend or follow request that you receive. On Twitter specifically, if you don’t have your tweets protected, anyone will be able to follow you and see your updates. The basic rule is to only accept requests from friends and family. This will help avoid strangers having access to your profile information.

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5.) Encrypt your social life.

If you are really concerned with your privacy online, you can download a free plug-in from uProtect.it that allows you to post and put photos on Facebook in a way that even Facebook can’t see them! And you can delete them completely whenever you want. If you use this solution, you can post whatever you want and then set the “nuclear option” to delete everything when you need to.

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By Michael Fertik, Reputation.com

Fonte:  http://www.rd.com/family/how-much-should-you-reveal-online

Are you a good colleague?

 Você acha que é um bom colega? Faça esse quiz, pratique seu inglês e descubra se você é do tipo que as pessoas querem ter por perto no escritório.

1) A colleague has been promoted to a position you also applied for. You:

a) avoid him / her

b) organize a party

c) congratulate her

2) People from another department have a lot of work and are looking for a volunteer to help them out for a couple of hours. You:

a) volunteer straight away

b) wait for them to ask you

c) hide when you see anyone from the department

3) You and your colleague are working on a project and you’ve just found out she’s made some mistakes. Do you:

a) tell him / her to correct them

b) tell your boss

c) explain what he/she has done wrong and help him / her to correct the mistakes

4) Your colleague has been admitted to hospital. You:

a) call to see how he / she is doing but also find out when he / she’ll be back as it’s very busy at work

b) buy a card and get everyone in the department to sign it and do a collection to buy him / her a present

c) find out from your colleagues what is wrong with him / her

5) Your colleague is late and your boss is in a bad mood and asks you where he / she is. You:

a) say you haven’t got a clue

b) say he / she has gone to another department to discuss some work related issues

c) say he / she has called and is stuck in traffic

6) You have a radio at your department. You:

a) ask your colleagues whether they want to listen to it and what they want to listen to

b) change the station if you don’t like the music without asking your colleagues

c) get to work first so you can choose the station

7) You have to send some letters by mail. This work is normally done by the secretary of the department but she has a few days off. Do you:

a) mail the letters

b) put them on his/her desk so she can do it when he / she gets back

c) find out who takes over his/her tasks

8) A colleague you don’t really like has just started using a new computer system that is new for him / her, although you’ve been working with for a while now. She is having trouble getting to grips with it. You:

a) do nothing

b) suggests he / she goes over her notes or takes a course

c) ask if he / she would like some help

9) Your colleague has a headache and isn’t feeling well. You have a lot of work to do. You:

a) get him / her an aspirin

b) tell him / her to stop complaining

c) tell him / her she should go home, you can manage

10) You and your colleagues are doing exactly the same work and have received the same workload for the day. You:

a) try to finish first

b) do your work and when you finish go for a cup of coffee

c) do your work and if there is somebody still working when you are finished, ask them if they want some help.

11) You are in a meeting and your colleague is making a suggestion that isn’t very good but he / she is trying to explain it. You:

a) let him / her finish explaining

b) interrupt him / her and say that it is a stupid idea

c) listen to what he / she has to say but role your eyes and sigh a lot while he / she is speaking.

12) Your boss has told you that you or your colleague has to stay at work till 9 p.m. next week but he lets you two decide. You:

a) decide to take turns but insist on doing Tuesday and Thursday as it is one day less

b) volunteer to do it

c) flip a coin for it and hope it is not going to be you.

Score:

Question

A

B

C

1

1

3

2

2

3

2

1

3

2

1

3

4

2

3

1

5

1

3

2

6

3

1

2

7

3

1

2

8

1

2

3

9

2

1

3

10

1

2

3

11

3

1

2

12

2

3

1

The result: Add up the number of points scored and read the corresponding description.

12 – 18  You shouldn’t work in a team as you do not seem to be very considerate. Try to change a little and then your colleagues might be a bit nicer to you.

19 – 29  You are a good colleague although you could be a bit more considerate sometimes. In general your colleagues won’t complain about you.

30 – 36  You are a colleague from heaven. You are always there to help everybody out and are very considerate. People love having you as a colleague but be careful people don’t take advantage of you.

Os resultados do teste não estão embasados em nenhum estudo científico. Têm apenas propósito recreativo.

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Fonte: www.eslprintables.com

Autor: Roy Pieppers

 

 

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills

Para a carreira é tão importante saber lidar com as pessoas quanto ser competente. Aqui temos algumas dicas para melhorar sua habilidades interpessoais.

10 helpful tips to your interpersonal skills:

1.    Smile: do your best to be friendly with your co-workers. Keep a positive attitude about work and about life. Smile often.

 2.    Be appreciative: find one positive thing about everyone you work with and let them hear it. They’ll want to give you their best!

3.    Pay attention to others: observe what’s going on in other people’s lives. Be sympathetic. Make eye contact and call people by their first names. Ask others for their opinions. 

4.    Practice active listening: say in your own words what the other person has said. They will know that you understood their meaning and they will be happy that you’ve listened to them.

5.    Bring people together: create an environment that encourages others to work together. Treat everyone equally, and don’t play favorites. Avoid talking about others behind their backs.

6.    Resolve conflicts: learn how to be a mediator if there are personal or professional disagreements in which you can help. You will gain respect and admiration from those around you. 

7.    Communicate clearly: pay close attention to both what you say and how you say it.

8.    Humor them: don’t be afraid of being funny or clever. Use your sense of humor as an effective tool to lower barriers and get people’s affection.

 

9.    See it from their side: empathy means being able to put yourself in someone else’s place and understand how they feel.

10.  Don’t complain: there is nothing worse than a chronic complainer . If you simply have to complain about something, save it for your diary.

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 Fonte:http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/careers-career-development/11134-1.html

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Why Steve Jobs Matters to You

by Bill Taylor

When you see the affection, respect, and admiration for this leader, an outpouring of emotion that I can’t recall for the departure of any other businessperson or technologist, isn’t it natural to think about your own eventual departure, the legacy you’ll leave behind, the ways in which your career will be remembered?

Few of us have the chance to achieve 1/100th of what Steve Jobs has achieved. But all work and use it as an opportunity to ask more of ourselves as leaders and innovators with a chance to make a small positive difference for our industry, our customers, and our colleagues.

So if you want to use the end of Steve Jobs’s hands-on leadership at Apple to inspire a greater commitment to leadership by you, I’d suggest that you ask these five simple questions — questions that define what it means to be a high-impact leader today.

1. Why should great people want to work with you?

Steve Jobs surrounded himself with remarkably talented designers, retailers, and engineers because he understood that the most talented performers aren’t motivated primarily by money or status. Great people want to work on exciting projects. Great people want to feel like impact players. Put simply, great people want to feel like they’re part of something greater than themselves — they want to become, to use a favorite Jobs phrase, “insanely great.”

2. Do you know a great person when you see one? 

It’s a lot easier to be the right kind of leader if you’re running a team or department filled with the right kind of people. Do you know what makes your star performers tick — and how to find more performers who share those attributes? Steve Jobs was as picky about the people he let into Apple as he was about the features that went into Apple’s products.

3. Can you find great people who aren’t looking for you? 

The most talented performers tend to be in jobs they like, working with people they enjoy, on projects that keep them challenged. So leaders who are content to fill their organizations with people actively looking for jobs risk attracting malcontents and mediocre performers. The trick is to win over so-called “passive” jobseekers. These people may be outside your company, or they may be in a different department from inside your company, but they won’t work for you unless you work hard to persuade them to join.

4. Are you great at teaching great people how your team or company works and wins?

Even the most highly focused specialists (software programmers, graphic designers, marketing wizards) are at their best when they appreciate how the whole business operates. That’s partly a matter of sharing financial statements: Can every person learn how to think like a businessperson?

5. Are you as tough on yourself as you are on your people? 

There’s no question that talented and ambitious young people have high expectations — for themselves, for their team or company, for their colleagues. Which is why they can be so tough on their leaders. The ultimate challenge for leaders is to share those same lofty expectations for their own behavior.

You don’t have to aspire to be the next Steve Jobs to learn some lessons from his one-of-a-kind career. Perhaps that can be his greatest legacy of all — a generation of leaders who think bigger and aim higher because of what he achieved.

Vocabulary

Outpouring: an uncontrollable expression of strong feeling

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Fonte: http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2011/08/why_steve_jobs_matters_to_you.html

Ten Tips for Dealing with Difficult Co-workers

 Ten Tips for Dealing with Difficult Co-workers

Is there someone in your workplace drives you crazy? While you probably can’t change such a person, the good news is that by following these 10 tips for dealing with problem people in the workplace, you can avoid being their victim:

1.    Identify problem people. Learn to recognize when a co-worker is “toxic.” Difficult people come in all shapes and sizes: Some talk constantly and never listen. A toxic coworker can take the form of a gossip, an instigator, or a nasty competitor. 

2.    Be careful with bad bosses. Bosses are in charge after all. If your intention is to keep your job, you will have to learn how to get along with an arrogant or controlling boss. If you need to confront your boss, avoid putting him or her on the defensive.

3.    Evaluate your situation. Initially, you might be shocked, but take a deep breath, and try to understand exactly what is happening to you.

4.    Take concrete action. Your situation won’t improve unless you do something about it. Let the co-worker in question know that you are on to his or her game and that you will take it to a higher authority if necessary. 

5.    Don’t let the problem gets worse. Deal with the problem while you can maintain some objectivity and emotional control. 

6.    Protect your reputation. Constant complaining about the situation can quickly earn you the title of “office complainer.”

7.    Don’t sink to their level. A void anonymous notes, comments and gossip about the person.

8.    Keep it private. Be sure to keep all of your dealings with the person private. Never lose your temper at work or engage in a confrontation in front of your boss or colleagues. 

9.    Make the first move. If you believe in restoring harmony, you can start by saying: “I’m sorry for what I may have done to hurt you” or “I could be wrong.” 

10.  Agree to disagree. If you personally dislike a co-worker or boss, you can still learn from their opinions, viewpoints, and ideas. If you can find something to appreciate about them, comment on it in a favorable way.

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Fonte: http://www.allbusiness.com

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Lying on your resume

O que você acha de mentir – ou aumentar as suas qualificações no currículo profissional? Inventar histórias (make up stories)? – Será que vale tudo para conseguir o emprego dos seus sonhos?

Dizer que não tem todas as qualificações necessárias, mas que poderá melhorar as suas habilidades (skills) causará uma boa impressão em quem contrata?

Leia o texto e confira!

Lying on your rèsumè

                                                                                 by Dawn Rosenberg McKay

You read the job ads and the job seems perfect for you. You seem perfect for it too. You’ve got all the qualifications they’re asking for. Oh wait. What does that say? Hmmm. They want someone who has experience with that. “Well, I can do that,” you think to yourself. “I just haven’t done it before. But, I’m sure I can learn.”

How do people react??? Are they willing to lie to get the job? What do you think?

 Let’s see their opinions:

Job Searcher #1 says: “Oh well. I guess I don’t qualify for this job.” He or she moves onto the next job ad.

Job Searcher #2 says: “O.K., so I don’t have the experience they’re asking for. I can just make something up. After all the last company I worked for isn’t in business anymore. This new one will never find out what I did or didn’t do there.” Job Searcher #2 is just a just about to add fictional responsibilities to his or her resume.

Job Searcher #3 says: “It’s obvious that I don’t have the experience they want, but I know I can easily learn the skills I need to do the job. The only thing I can do is to take a chance and apply for the job anyway. I’ll use my cover letter to explain that I don’t have the required skills, but I am willing to do whatever is necessary to get them. I’ll explain that I have similar skills. What do I have to lose?”

Let’s see what a career coach says:

Job Searcher #1 may be missing a great opportunity. Even though he doesn’t have the necessary skills, he may have similar skills. He should assess those skills, even listing what they are and how he can get them. He can write a cover letter that shows his potential, as Job Searcher #3 did. The worst that can happen is that his resume will end up in that big circular file. The best that can happen is that the prospective employer will see the potential in this applicant and decide that experience isn’t as important as initiative.

Job Searcher #2 is lying and lying is never a good idea. You may feel it’s not morally wrong to lie, and perhaps a little white lie isn’t that bad.  Just don’t forget that lies have a way of snowballing, though. It’s kind of like eating potato chips — you can’t stop with just one.

Job Searcher #3, as you may have already guessed, has made the best choice.

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Fonte: http://careerplanning.about.com/od/resumewriting/a/resume_lies.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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Learning for work

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a job or looking to get on in your career, improving your skills for work can open up new opportunities.

 Getting on at work

 There’s no age for studying – learning new skills could improve your career prospects.

Research predicts that in the future there will be fewer jobs for people with few skills – meaning that skills are likely to become more and more important as time goes on.

Free help and advice is available anytime – you can be currently working or not. There are different schemes to fit the needs of different people.

Improving your skills- getting started

There are many options if you want to improve your work skills.

If you’re looking for a job, there are several schemes to help you. Most give you the opportunity to learn while you’re doing so.

If you are working, you may be able to get training through your employer.

Search for training online

Of course you can arrange training for yourself.

Choose a course and find the right place to learn, information on qualifications and advice if you’re returning to learning after a break.

Higher education and your career

If you want to develop your skills for work further, a higher education qualification could be the answer. There’s a huge range of courses to choose from, including vocational courses directed to people who want to get on in a particular line of work.

Getting training if you are already working

If you’re looking to gain new skills relevant to the world of work – and you’ve already got a job – talking to your employer is often a good first step.

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Fonte: http://www.direct.gov.uk

Bad bosses can cause heart attacks

 

O modo de agir de um líder pode realmente influenciar na saúde de um funcionário? Leia o este artigo sobre um estudo sueco a respeito disso e confira se você concorda com ele.

Bad bosses can cause heart attacks

           Having a bad boss could be bad for your heart. This is the conclusion of a Swedish study on management styles and health. The researchers concluded that poor managers can increase their employee’s risk of developing heart disease. The Stockholm University study analyzed data on the health of 3,000 male workers. They compared the data with the results from questionnaires about senior managers. The questions asked workers if they thought their boss was considerate, communicated well and offered positive feedback. Other questions looked at how much work bosses gave to workers and how well they outlined their goals. The research team found that workers who respected their bosses were healthier and had fewer heart problems.

The report is published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It suggests that companies should re-train bosses to improve worker health. A healthier workforce will improve the overall health of the company. Investing in providing leadership skills to senior managers could be a good long-term investment. The researchers said a more supportive and understanding boss would reduce the chances of workers developing high blood pressure and stress-related illnesses. Magnus Larsson, an engineer for a large IT company, agreed with the report’s findings. He believes his heart attack last year was because of his boss: “The guy was a monster. Working for him was a daily nightmare for eight years,” Larsson said.

 

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Fonte: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0811/081126-bosses.html

The Beatles as a Business Model

You may not think of the Fabulous Four in Fortune 500 terms, but George Cassidy and Richard Courtney, authors of Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles (Turner Publishing), say there’s a lot about the band that translates to the office. Take a lot at the tips:

  • Get the right mix. McCartney had guitar chops and a reserved demeanor; Lennon excelled at songwriting and craved the spotlight. George Harrison and Ringo Starr completed the picture in their stellar backup roles. And when the Fab Four decided that bass player Stuart Sutcliffe was holding them back, they let him go. “The band was much better for having that combination of talents,” says Cassidy. In the professional world, surround yourself with people of different strengths, and recognize when other people can do things better than you can.
  • Find inspiration. Between tours, McCartney attended plays and read poetry, Harrison learned the sitar, and Lennon studied the music of Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan. When they reconvened, each brought creativity to the task at hand.
  • Embrace your role—or go solo. McCartney and Lennon rarely allowed Harrison to contribute much in the way of songwriting or singing, but Harrison found other ways to expand his role. “He was the first one to introduce Indian instrumentation and bring in outside musicians like Eric Clapton,” says Cassidy. If you find yourself working for a Paul or a John, channel George and find out-of-the-box ways to express strengths, and if all else fails, keep a list of your good ideas. Case in point: Harrison released a triple album in 1970, the year the Beatles broke up.

 

Glossary

guitar chops: ability to play the guitar.
demeanor: way, manner, behavior.
crave the spotlight: to be the center of the attentions
reconvened: to meet someone again.

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by Beth Dreher

Fonte:  http://www.rd.com/money/the-beatles-as-a-business-model