Building teams that are keen to win big

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dc.contributor.author Bellows, Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-23T07:47:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-23T07:47:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-21
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3851
dc.description A Newspaper article by Scott Bellows, an Assistant Professor in the Chandaria School of Business at USIU-Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Why do some teams thrive while others flounder? Google famously empowers teams that in turn perform and exceed targets. The firm even allows employees to spend 20 per cent of their time working on their own initiatives and creating their own teams. Over the past ten years, Google is known for its work teams generating innovative new products used by billions of global citizens. On the other hand, Yahoo for years tried and tried and tried again to attract top human talent, form innovative teams, then tried to achieve renewed success. However, year after year, Yahoo failed to achieve its former glory and marked very few successes. Commensurate with its decline, the company even suffered repeated embarrassing security breaches in its signature web-based email product. Upon the security failures, Yahoo found it even more difficult to get their teams to perform. Unfortunately for Yahoo, teams consist of individuals. Individuals on teams have psychological needs, perceptions, attitudes, intentions, and behaviours. Employees find it difficult to get excited and solve organisational problems when teams have lackluster histories. Instead of working feverishly to achieve institutional targets, the staff start working on their own selfish goals to protect themselves. They start networking, updating their CVs, and scouring job websites intensely looking to find more stable predictable employment. Workers fear that teams with a history of underperformance might get disbanded or shrink its workforce. Also, employees feel embarrassed to be associated with an underperforming team and instead strive to bolster their personal reputations to counter the team status. en_US
dc.publisher Business Daily en_US
dc.subject Society en_US
dc.title Building teams that are keen to win big en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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