Guest Blogger: Sharon Mulgrew, http://sharonmulgrew.com/plays-well-with-others/
“Computer skills are expected on a resume; they are no longer a bonus; they are now considered necessary basic skills. However the skill of the future, the most sought after skill now, is the ability to work in a team, to work collaboratively, to play well others.” (Kate Austin, Director of Simulation and Digital Entertainment Program at UB, 2006)
We sit through boring, frustrating or ‘resultless’ work meetings every day.
We think that nothing can be done. Yet there are actions that group members can take to make their meetings and collaborative work more focused, more fun, and more effective: There is a rhyme and reason to effective work groups, and the more members know and practice the behaviors that actually help any group perform, the better the experience is for all members. Continue reading →
As we transition from 2011 to 2012, we lay the groundwork that will help us realize our goals and triumph in our challenges during the new year. Continuous improvement—learning from past experiences while scouting for new possibilities—gives us a solid stance from which to proceed. And with the fast pace of technological change, new opportunities for continuous improvement arise in varied and unexpected ways. But resistance from within our organizations can be one the biggest barriers we face in our efforts to make use of these opportunities.
Those whose work will benefit directly from the implementation of a new technology, a change to a process, or the introduction of new practices generally recognize the value of a proposed change quickly. But the value of the change may not be obvious to organization members whose work and responsibilities are not directly impacted by the change sought, and they may resist, impede, and even prevent the introduction of new ways of doing things.
One important way to gain the support and buy-in of people from all areas of an organization Continue reading →