On Teams:  A Blog About Team Effectiveness

How do expert facilitators "magically" end meetings on time?

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Facilitation MagicHave you noticed that the best facilitators always seem to complete their sessions right on time? They don't have a crystal ball that enables them to foresee exactly how long each step will take. Instead, they use a few facilitator tricks to manage the timing and pace of their sessions.

When preparing for a meeting, working session, or interactive workshop, I try to estimate the "right" amount of time to allocate for various discussion points or exercises. But as any experienced facilitator knows, "stuff happens" and I often find that the session progresses faster or slower than anticipated.

Launching the New gOEbase

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I'm proud to announce a major upgrade and modernization of gOEbase, our toolkit for internal consultants. We're psyched about the update and think the enhancements make gOEbase even better. Continue reading to learn the story behind the New gOEbase. goebase unveil

gOE turns 30!

Written by Scott Tannenbaum on .

I usually write about research or experiences involving teams outside of gOE. But in this blog entry, I'll say a few words about our own team. This year we celebrate our company's 30th anniversary! Little did we know when we launched gOE in 1987 we'd have such a long, cool ride. gOE Logo large

Coaching...Is more better?

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Team leaders are increasingly expected to coach their team members. But can they do this effectively? Is “more coaching” better in all circumstances? Let’s see what the research can tell us about coaching frequency, skills, and effectiveness in organizational settings.  

Is trust "nice-to-have" or a business imperative?

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We've all been taught that trust is important at work. But does trust really matter or is it simply "nice-to-have"?

Does trust, or lack of it, affect team performance and impact the bottom line? Do some teams need it more than others do? Does trust in your team members matter or is trusting your team leader enough? Let's examine what team science can tell us about these questions...