Something for students to read at the beginning of a team project:
Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew?
via Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour – Amy Gallo – Harvard Business Review.
British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his “When Cultures Collide,” now in a 2005 third edition. Check out his communication diagrams that chart conversational range, obstacles and cultural traits. A great conversation starter in ENL 265 or 266.
via Communication Charts Around The World – Business Insider.
Use this article for an in-class discussion about teaming. Following discussion, have team members reflect and then meet to share and ask other their views.
Research shows that in effective teams, members share their own views and ask others their views. By combining transparency and curiosity, teams keep the discussion focused, get all the information on the table, learn why members have different views, and create solutions that take into account all team members’ perspectives. As a result these teams have stronger performance and better working relationships.
via Increase Your Team’s Curiosity – Roger Schwarz – Harvard Business Review.
The Change Within – Harvard Business Review.
Here is a tool to self-assess whether you’re at your best as a leader. Have students use the tool during team projects as a way to get them to reflect on team roles and their responsibilities as team members.