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Effective and Pseudo Team working in Organisations

Effective and Pseudo Team working in Organisations

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
09:00 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


  • Professor Mike West, Professor of Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School

Details of the seminar

This session focussed on how to implement effective team working in organisations and showed how widespread pseudo team working undermines organisational performance and innovation. With examples from both the public and private sectors, the session described the key elements to have in place for both effective and outstanding team working. Michael West is a leading international expert on teams and innovation in organisations having published hundreds of scientific articles, book chapters and twenty books on these topics.

Key points from the session:

• It is essential that you ascertain the task anmd membership of the team.
• Setting objectives for both individuals and teams is essential. When setting objectives ensure that they are; challenging, measurable, agreed by all, around 6-7 clear points and aligned with the organisation.
• Once you've set these objectioves they should be reviewed annually.
• Within a team each member of the team's role needs to be clearly defined and known/understood by the entire team.
• Those who work in pseudo teams are much more likely to make harmful errors and be ineffective.
• Team meetings are crucial to the team's effectiveness.
• Every team needs time away from work to reflect and to thoroughly review what they need to achieve and their progress.

Michael West's book Effective Teamwork: Practical Lessons from Organizational Research (Psychology of Work and Organizations) is available here.

For further details on this session please email Alice Holland or phone 0207 976 3513.

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