BizConCLE Preview: The Power of Positivity and Diversity in Organizational Teams

Team-focused cultures are all the rage today, but what's the best way to organize such a team at your company? Here's a preview of a workshop session that will examine that topic during this year's BizConCLE.

Given the team-focused culture that dominates organizations today, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to put extra thought into how such organizational teams are comprised. More frequently, companies are looking to add diversity in the employees who make up these teams. In fact, a recent HerdWisdom study has found that diverse teams outperform homogenous teams by six times.

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    But simply bringing together a mix of people and personalities isn’t enough on its own to guarantee success. This is a topic that ERC Senior Training Consultant Chris Powers will explore in-depth during his upcoming workshop at this year’s BizConCLE. Ahead of this session, Powers took time to preview some of the themes he plans to address and what attendees will walk away with following his talk.

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    At the end of the day, Powers said no one on the team wants to fail. Everyone wants to do their best work and add value. So, with that in mind, he said it’s important that leaders provide a healthy amount of positive feedback to team members.

    This is important because employees who feel appreciated and valued will want to work harder and they will be motivated to get more of that good feeling they experienced.

    Diversity and fresh ideas

    Diversity is also an important element in high-performing organizational teams. Studies have found that diverse teams are nearly twice as likely to be innovative than those that are homogenous.

    Powers said it’s crucial for companies to prioritize diversity in their workforces and on their teams. Otherwise, he cautioned, it’s easy to fall into group think.

    Putting these different personalities and backgrounds together on one team can be a struggle, however. So, how does Powers suggest that companies overcome this dilemma? During his workshop at BizConCLE on Nov. 1, Powers will outline strategies companies can use to ensure everyone on the team is working as one happy, cohesive unit.

    Don’t miss out on this workshop! Register today for BizConCLE by clicking here. And learn more about why this is a can’t miss event by clicking here.

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