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Should you waste your time with team-building exercises?

Team Building Exercises Don't Build Teams

The leaders of Allergan’s Human Resources department—about a dozen of us—spent a weekend in the early 1990s at a retreat in the mountains somewhere not too far from corporate headquarters in Irvine, California. The retreat was designed to host a “ropes course,” an experience that’s supposed to help strengthen a team.

These courses—also called a “challenge course”—engage participants in outdoor activities involving cables, ropes, and obstacles, along with “low” activities (those that take place on the ground) such as figuring out how to forge a river. It’s all designed to (as one organization puts it) “develop confidence, trust,… Read More »

The one question to ask before setting up a cross-functional team

Rocking Cross-Functional Teams

A bold claim was made in a recent post by Ted Bauer, a content guy interested in engagement, management, and leadership. He wrote:

Cross-functional teams are almost completely and entirely bullshit.

Bauer’s conclusion is based on personal experience, but also on results of a study published in the Harvard Business Review that found 75% of the cross-functional teams studied were dysfunctional. That dysfunction was based on teams failing on at least three of five criteria:

  • Meeting a planned budget
  • Staying on schedule
  • Adhering to specifications
  • Meeting customer expectations
  • Maintaining alignment with the company’s corporate… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report #815: Windows 10 and challenges for Microsoft

The Hobson & Holtz ReportIntro: Neville’s back in the co-hosting chair, listener survey in the works;

Quick News: Meerkat partners with Discovery for Shark Week, selfies to replace passwords in MasterCard online payments trial, US Postal Service to debut digital mail, new business podcast series launches in Ireland; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: The challenges for Microsoft as it prepares to roll out Windows 10; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; human curation and the art of content discovery; listener comments; Dan York’s Tech Report: Ello bill of rights, IPv4 exhaustion, InterCommunity2015 and Ottawa; PR in a… Read More »