7 Myths about Teambuilding (with bonus track about hiring)

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  • 1. ... and 7 myths about it Zahhar Kirillov #tallinnsummerschool
  • 2. Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.
  • 3. Myth #1: team must stay together during the working time (and even longer...) ● Don't be afraid. Try! ● Syncronize! ● Use Dropbox, Trello, Skype
  • 4. Myth #2: Team needs project manager or a teamleader to become effective ● Children vs grown-ups vs grannies ● 'Duties checklist' ● Outsourcing dull tasks
  • 5. Myth #3: Teambuilding events help to build friendship and trust, and increase productivity ● Team needs a rest; project manager needs events (to build a friendship and trust WITH team members) ● Teambuilding takes place during the daily routine ● Team members must like common goal, not each other
  • 6. Myth #4: Skills are more imporatant, than motivation ● Aling your self-interests with team goals ● You can share, borrow or even buy skills, experience and knowledge, but can't do this with energy, enthusiams and drive ● Unmotivated hi-skilled member is useless (and even dangerous for the team)
  • 7. Myth #5: Some members are irreplaceable ● Nothing lasts forever ● Knowledge management ● Discuss problems as early as possible ● Let people go (and they will come back)
  • 8. Myth #6: Ctiticism among team members is bad ● Disagreements are good, trolls are bad ● Social conformism (esp. for mature teams) ● Lunch at McDonalds
  • 9. Myth #7: There are 'rules of thumb' about teambuilding to follow ● Individuals, Goals, Culture, Project time (period) ● Improvisation, Motivation, Leadership ● Trust and reasonable compensation (not only €) ● Ask your colleagues if they are happy!
  • 10. Bonus track: hiring new members ● Slow hiring, fast firing ● 'Photo test' or quest instead of formal interview ● Hire the most professional people you can get (2x 500€ probably cost more, then 1x 1500€) ● Maintain 'Star Map' – team skill matrix ● 'A' players hire 'A' players, but 'B' players hire 'C' players
  • 11. Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. (W. Shakespeare, Hamlet)