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Improving Team Performance

As a team leader, what corrective measures would you take to improve team performance? How would you communicate these measures to your team members?

The Challenge of Teambuilding

What common challenges would you say significantly impede team progress?

Team Leader

Do you believe that anybody can be trained to be a Team Leader? Why or why not?

The Spirit of Collaboration

What is your personal definition of collaboration? What characteristics do you believe are essential to creating and maintaining a collaborative team environment?

The Team Coach

Are the coaching strategies you would use for a team the same, or different, from those you would use with an individual? If different, how? Please explain your choice.

Involving all team members into the discussion

Everyone has an opinion and I think some people are shy to share their thoughts. But by involvng everyone to participate in the discussion soemtimes this helps reel them into a group discussion.


Working towards a common goal helps the group understand the outcome of the project

Ways to motivate your staff when raises are not an option

We have been on a pay increase freeze for a little over 2 years now. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to motivate employees, when money is not an option? Thank you!


I think a leader needs to set the example for his or her employees to follow. That's the best type of leadership.


This section was particularly effective as it shows that independent thought will be discouraged due to the group consenses. Alternatives must always be considered.


Must your vision as a leader always be long term? Can you have a motivating short term vision?

Promoting Individuality

I've found that cliques form small pockets of groupthink where in the stronger individual takes the role of the leader and the weaker in the groups suffer the fallout of groupthink. What are some ways to break up small pockets of groupthink and promote individuality?

Open Conflict

How do you prevent open team discussion from appearing to be a personal attack, especially if there are multiple complaints regarding one team member?

Contingency Plan

Building a contingency plan by increasing the number of adjunct faculty has created a stabilizing factor with faculty and increased my flexibility with schedule.

Making Change to Quickly

I have found that by seeking input from the team, they are more receptive to a needed change. It also forces me to move slower.I learned this lesson the hard way, by seeing a need and making an immediate change which was then not received well.

Engaging all team members

If we notice that one person in lacking in participation, what is the best way to handle this without having to single that person out?

What are some ways that you motivate your team?

I have a wonderful team of three that at times get negative and unproductive. It is a constant battle to keep them motivated because of negativity. As the leader, it is difficult to repeatedly break down why some things are the way that they are and why we have influence over certain things where other things are gravity. What are some ways that you keep a team motivated?

New manager at a young age

I have been working in the admissions department for 4 years and I recently got promoted to manager. I am worried the department will not take me seriously and it will be hard to get them to respect me as their manager. Any suggestions?

Walking in the Work Place

As an RN in the hospital,I always walked at a quick pace. I have continued this habit as a new program director. I noticed most of my peers do not share this habit. Should I continue this habit or blend in?

How to Hold Project Team Members Accountable

After developing the project team I found it very important to get the team together to develop "team norms" to ensure that everybody was on board. One of the main objectives of these norms was to be able to hold each member accountable for his or her responsibilities towards the overall success of the project. All "norms" were created in a group setting with all members present. The norms were base on the main objective of the project as well. Has anyone else ever used this type of approach and how effective did they find it?