Imagine you've been scheduled for open heart surgery. A team of surgeons, nurses, and technicians will be coming together, maybe meeting each other for the first time, to coordinate their actions and expertise to produce a successful operation. Your outcome is utterly dependent on how well they work together. You start to think about the fact that they're only human, and you wonder what it will take for their teamwork to be exquisitely well-executed.
I'm Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School.
I've spent the last decade working with organizations and studying how people get complex work done. And what I've realized is that organizations are completely dependent on the work that's done by teams. And teams, as we have defined them, are increasingly being replaced by teaming. In this course, I will explain the difference between teams and teaming, what it means to team, both from a team member perspective and a team leader perspective.
I will explain the challenges to teaming and the challenges to learning that you no doubt face in your organization. And along the way, I'll provide action steps that you can take to assure that your teams are both learning and succeeding. Now, let's get started.
Positive Change: Sometimes those words seem like two opposites, strangely connected in a random phrase. For many people, change is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of positive things. For many people, families and organizations change is not positive, because it brings discomfort, discord, dysfunction and division. We know it doesn’t have to be that way. And we instinctively believe there must be a way to manage change that brings us to a place of agreement, comfort and unity. But finding that way can be a daunting task.
The Banyan Group is a private, independently organized non-profit practice, dedicated to counseling, coaching and consulting, always with a view to managing change in such a way as to bring positive, helpful and hopeful results.
Perhaps you're visiting our website as part of a search for help in your personal life; or for direction in your career; or maybe as part of a search for help answering some particular questions about the structure, leadership or management of your church or non-profit organization. The Banyan Group provides resources from a wide range of experience and expertise, seeking to add value to what you are already doing in any or all of these areas. We believe in being helpers, not in "reinventing the wheel.” We seek to help our clients discover the missing piece, whether by counseling, coaching or consultation, to get their life, their career or their organization to a place of positive change.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the services we offer. As you seek assistance, it is important that you are always well informed and an active participant in your journey toward positive change. We welcome questions and invite you to contact us about the process and our work together.