Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

The Bumble Bee

Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch. Mechanisms such as competitive business simulation games or other short team challenges. Team Leadership Development

2017 60

The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

The Bumble Bee

Team Leadership DevelopmentImage Source: Chalkdust Magazine. I have been reading Lord Sacks daily thoughts "Celebrating Life" and was impressed by his piece on "The Prisoners Dilemma" which I have written about previously and in my new book.

2017 64

Fast Team Formation

Michael Sampson - Currents

No one gave a team pre-talk. No one wrote a team compact. Needs that become obvious to one person were verbalised to see if another team member had a way of solving the problem. Team formation doesn’t aways work so smoothly, but everything clicked last night.

2017 25

Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

The Bumble Bee

An effective team knows how and when to use each type - an ineffective team only uses one! For some a team is a group of people with a shared purpose. For others a team must also have a deadline. For others a team must also embody some degree of co-operative working.

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The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

The Bumble Bee

Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game. So to have RAPPORT in your team you need to quickly agree your team's: R OLES. How will we divide up the team responsibilities?

2016 53

A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

The Bumble Bee

I am pleased to release a new white paper " A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) ". A unique aspect of the framework is that it integrates both individual team member change management work and whole team process development work. Team Leadership Development

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Who You Calling Virtual? Leading a Virtual Team

Partnering Resources

It’s not about the virtual, it’s about the team. Let’s get one thing out of the way: there’s no such thing as a virtual team. They’re only called virtual teams because members are distributed across organization boundaries, time zones, and countries. Build the Team.

"Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams"

Endless Knots

A lot of virtual team research crosses my screen, most of which is earnest and much of which is the equivalent of a Sunday-night eat-up of what's in the refrigerator. Collaboration Telecommuting Virtual TeamsAnd then something like this comes through, "Developing Real Skills.

Fully Distributed Team + Face-to-Face Communication

Michael Sampson - Currents

Andrew shares the thinking and practices of’s fully distributed team , looking at the history underlying his way of managing the firm, the role of face-to-face communication, and how to work day-to-day in a distributed environment. Here’s the piece about the importance / role / benefits of face-to-face communication: The biggest thing missing from fully distributed teams is true face-to-face communication. that tend to occupy this role in co-located teams.

2016 30

Report On Intranet Analytics – Required Reading for Collaboration Teams and Analytics Vendors

Michael Sampson - Currents

For internal collaboration and intranet teams being asked for analytics information, the report presents the state of play – and will give useful insight into which tools would make most sense given the purposes (scenarios) sought.

2016 70

Do People in Virtual Teams Need Face Time?

Michael Sampson - Currents

”), one of the questions from a delegate in the discussion was about virtual teams, and whether face-to-face (in-person) time was necessary. One of the letters I did write though was called V is for Visiting Team Members , which is in the same concept stream as the question above.

2016 36

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams


So I thought I would go ahead and spend some time today covering those same 5 reasons she talked about extensively and build further up on some additional tips distributed teams could apply to help avoid those specific issues.

Teams and Nature: New Video

The Bumble Bee

I have collaborated with Jeff Peel and his Business Evidence Thought-Leadership blog to produce a new 4-minute video on Natural Teams - how we can use simple ideas from nature, sports teams and families to radically improve our work teams.

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Leading Virtual Teams Continues To Be Challenging

Leading Virtually

Talk to those who coach leaders and they will tell you that leading virtual teams continues to be challenging. I had started this blog to share what research is telling us about leading virtual teams. even if we are not part of a pure virtual team.

Six easy pieces for "Virtual Team Success"

Endless Knots

Virtual Team Success from Darleen Derosa and Richard Lepsinger is good stuff, based on research, and written by people who've been thinking about this topic for a while. Here you will find numerous research-based “devices” for clearing the hurdles that virtual teams present.

Teams: Together we do 139 % of the work

Net-Map Toolbox

I don’t remember where I read it but there was this study where they interviewed team members to find out what percentage of work they thought they had contributed to the team effort.

2013 50

On the Priority of Team Work

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nicholas Bate wrote “ the priority of team work is not fun ” (#10 in the list). I wrote to him and asked for clarification: Did you mean “team work is a priority, and it’s hard work to get it right,” or “the priority of team work is not to have fun”? 1 priority of a team is to have fun” I’d argue it’s to get the job done and if that is happening the team will probably have fun as a side benefit.

2016 19

Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams

The Bumble Bee

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges. Virtual TeamsIt is available online and in PDF.

15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning

The Bumble Bee

I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element.

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Teams, technology and change

Joitske Hulsebosch

Teams can make big steps in working and collaborating online in a smart way. The novelty of the Teamhackathon is: People do not join individually but in teams of - 2-4 persons. They get team coach throughout the day. We organized a teamhackathon.

2015 11

How to Build Strong Volunteer Moderator Teams

Managing Communities

Please Update Your RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: [link] I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you. Managing Staff

2015 22

New Report: Distributing Team and Organisational Updates with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I published the first of the advanced scenarios for using Office 365 – Distributing Team and Organisational Updates. I invite you to get your copy today if distributing team and organisational updates is part of your mandate and role.

2016 21

The team with one member

The Bumble Bee

I am the team! Crowd intelligence does not work for most other forms of co-operative work - just putting a group of footballers on a pitch will not make them a good team. This is the title of a chapter in Why Teams don't work by Robbins and Finley.

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Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?

The Bumble Bee

According to Marcus Buckingham in his book The one thing you need to know mediocre leaders think of each of their team members as draughts pieces (interchangeable) but good leaders think of them as chess pieces (unique). musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g.

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Adapting agile development to virtual teams

Endless Knots

This one's for the developers out there: " The Paradox of Agile PM and Virtual Team s " by Dr. David F. So, point of this post: see Rico's article, which takes many of the key practices of agile development and interprets them for virtual teams.

New High-Performing Teams Online Game

The Bumble Bee

I have been thinking for a long time about developing an online game for High-Performing Teams which was complex enough to be useful but simple enough to be usable! To explore the thinking behind the A4 High-Performing Team Game or to play the demo.

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Notes on “Experience from the Field: How to Use a Team Site Effectively for Collaboration” (Benjamin Niaulin)

Michael Sampson - Currents

After a great lunch at the New Zealand SharePoint Conference , Benjamin is talking about using a team site effectively for collaboration. Benjamin showed an example of how they set up a way of doing team sites at a 3,000 person firm in Canada.

2014 53

The 3 ways great teams make decisions : short video

The Bumble Bee

I spoke at the inaugural TEDx event in Belfast on March 23 on "The 7 secrets of High-Performing Teams". The 7 secrets of High Performing Teams. 6 - Fast Co-invention via good team decision-making.

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Biology and High Performance Teams

The Bumble Bee

Listen to Ken Thompson and Lisa Kimball answer questions on how biological thinking can be used to make teams, networks, communities and groups more effective on a live call hosted by The Plexus Institute. musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g.

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TEN Great Bioteams Exercises for High-Performing Teams

The Bumble Bee

Bioteams is a modern approach to teams, networks and communities who need to operate with high levels of agility and autonomy through different working practices and by exploiting the latest web2.0 Mental Models : The power of "mental models" in impacting positive (and negative) team outcomes.

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Bioteams and the beliefs of high performing teams

The Bumble Bee

Team Beliefs are the fuel which can really energise or kill team effectiveness. Unfortunately this is often the most neglected aspect of a high-performing team initiative. In this article I remind people of the key beliefs of high-performing teams. In a earler article, The seven beliefs of high performing teams , I suggested that members of High-Performing Teams (HPTs) share a common set of beliefs. The major output of the 3 teams was software products.

How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

Research Teamwork Leadership Culture Collaboration Challenges after action review conflict culture India leadership team compact tools for virtual teams virtual team virtual teams

Notes on “Making Sure That The SharePoint Solutions Your Team Has Created Don’t Go to Waste” (Lou Zulli, Jr)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Lou from the United States ( Lakewood High School ) is presenting on making sure your SharePoint solutions don’t go to waste. The aim is to improve user adoption of SharePoint solutions. I missed the beginning of the session – which was about creating a shared vision. The points I heard: 1. Design for the end user first.

2014 47

Virtual Teams spreading but not tipping yet - new research

The Bumble Bee

The latest report (September 2011) on Virtual Teams, Virtual Work Environments in the Post-Recession Era , from Brandman University , includes very interesting results of a survey commissioned from Forrester in 2010 on Virtual Teams. Virtual Teams

New Addition to the Ant’s Eye View Silicon Valley Leadership Team: Todd Shimizu

Ant's Eyeview Blog

To that end, we’re excited to announce the continued growth of our Silicon Valley presence by introducing a new senior leader on our team: Todd Shimizu. The Silicon Valley has always been known for innovation and forward thinking.

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Wiggio - an Online Team Collaboration Service

Michael Sampson - Currents

I had a great talk with Dan earlier today, and he pointed me in the direction of Wiggio , a team collaboration service his students put him onto. It offers a plethora of tools: " - Create a private list-serv and web address for your group. Host web meetings, conference calls, and chatrooms.

Shrunken communication in distributed teams (the egg of communication :)


As promised – more thinking from our project looking at the challenges in distributed Agile teams. You can look at communication in a team across two axes. In a co-located team all types of communication have place (the whole egg :).

The Superintelligent Organization: create total competitive advantage?

The Bumble Bee

Virtual TeamsI have been studying one of the most highly regarded books on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence), "Superintelligence - paths, dangers, strategies" by Nick Bostrom.

2017 71

The 7 Secrets of High-Performing Teams: New Bioteams Video

The Bumble Bee

In this new short audio/video I share 7 secrets on how teams can significantly improve performance by adopting simple techniques from Bioteams. The 7 Secrets of High-Performing Teams: TEAM ORGANISATION. TEAM OPERATION.

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Feng Office - Team Collaboration Service

Michael Sampson - Currents

Team collaboration services on the Internet are many and varied - Feng Office is one I haven't heard of previously: My Comments. The team workspace itself offers the standard array of capabilities - notes, email, contacts, documents, tasks, and web links, along with a dashboard overview.