Have you noticed the extra challenges that seem to make “TEAMING TIME” tougher to achieve in today’s world-of-work? Think about it.  As you work hard to assemble maybe 3-10 co-workers/associates/colleagues to work together on solving a problem or to strategize on a cool development issue…doesn’t it seem like a “distraction virus” has infected the room?

What am I describing…let me offer these visuals:

  • Only some arrive on time
  • Some forget to bring something to write with and/or write on
  • Some bring only laptops
  • Some bring only cell phones
  • Some immediately ask: “How long will this last?”
  • Some comment: “This isn’t my job area!”
  • Some even bring other “regular” work to spend time on

I know you all know what I mean.

I believe Leadership…strong LEADERSHIP is critical to achieve quality “TEAMING- TIME” in the 21st Century.  And rather than spend valuable TRIPLE III TIME message space explaining why this is the case…how about a TOP 10 list of progressive “TEAMING-TIME” concepts.

  1. Communicate an EXACT start time and an EXACT end time for the “Teaming” session…prior to start-up.
  2. Require that paper, pens or pencils MUST be brought to the room for note-taking.
  3. Specify that NO technology (i.e. cell phones or laptops) are allowed in the room.
  4. Announce immediately at session start-up that: “THIS is what we want to accomplish!’ No sidetrack topics will be added.
  5. If possible, write on a whiteboard or flip chart the 1-5 discussion priorities related to the topic.
  6. Require each “TEAMING-TIME” member to offer a 1-2-minute opening statement about their interest/role/hopes for the session.
  7. Drive discussions with a sense of urgency to arrive at a solid outcome.
  8. Set an example of effective and efficient time management for the session.
  9. Retain a goal of simple understand-ability for decisions/actions that result from the session.
  10. Announce that everyone’s thoughts/opinions matter…so hiding during the “TEAMING-TIME” session will not be allowed.

If these suggestions sound old-fashioned…THEY ARE!  Pure “TEAMING-TIME” mostly requires caring people…that lead.


About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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