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Gender diversity in teams: differences and preferences

Are men’s teams different from women’s teams? Can you talk about it or is it taboo? Does one have advantages over the other? And what is your personal preference if you had to choose? During the final day of the Team Coaching...

Six steps on the intervention ladder of the team coach

Sometimes I facilitate a team and I don’t actually need to do much. Just my presence, a curious look, a surprising nod, the setting, the agenda, attention: it does the job. Or rather: the team does it. In other situations I need to...

The team role test, horoscopes and Mondriaan

Personality and team role tests are big business. Entire ministries have themselves measured. Countless teams are comparing scores at their annual off-site. The average professional has experienced at least three of such tests. It all started...
community garden as a metaphor for teams

Collegiality in the Community Garden Team

Oddly enough it is not unusual to assign a group of people a task and to say: “now you are a team.” We all know that to call a group a team doesn‘t make it work like one. In my practice as a team coach, I see that actually most...

Collaborate online in a virtual team

Joitske Hulsebosch and Sibrenne Wagenaar – Working in a virtual team differs from working in a normal, co-located team. Building relationships, sharing information, making decisions, working together; these group processes will have new...

The undercurrent in teams – diving into the team dynamics

It is common knowledge that there is a lot more going on in teams than what is on the formal agenda. Team dynamics are invisible patterns of behavior that strongly influence the visible performance of a team. If you want to be an effective team...

Twenty models to identify team roles

Team Roles, that’s no longer a joke. The personality test is big business. Some models are owned by global consulting and training firms. Others are more or less successful clones and spin-offs. Some go back thousands of years. And others...
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