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Resolution or Business Goal?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

If you’re like me, you have thought about setting some resolutions for the New Year, but are plagued with the realization that follow through is difficult. Each year, my husband and I resolve to lose weight, be more active and finish household projects. Our commitment begins to wane after a couple of months. It seems that we’re not alone. Research indicates that most people flounder by the end of January.

Perhaps what we all need to do is to “reframe” and treat our resolutions more like business goals. After all, Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So, the New Year offers a clean slate and a chance to do things differently. What do you plan to achieve this year?  We believe that if you “plan to achieve, you will get different results. In order to plan, you’ll want to set some SMART goals; specific, measurable, attainable, realistic with a time frame attached. By committing your plan to paper, you’ re well on your way to a different result, to achieving your goals!

Need some assistance in writing your plan? Call or email Masterson & Associates. We can help.

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Team Effectiveness

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

What is the ideal team size?
If you’re finding it tough to accomplish much with a team project you’re working on, ask yourself if you have too many heads and hands involved in the task. According to psychologist Ivan Steiner, “each time you add a person to a team,
productivity goes up, but so do inefficiencies”. Tasks such as group coordination gets trickier. This has and continues to be the case. Back in 1970, two Harvard University professors asked large and small teams to perform several tasks. They asked them whether they felt their group was too small or too large for the task. From the feedback, they determined an  ideal team size of 4.6 persons. Although it may be difficult to have less than a whole person working on your team (just kidding), the bottom line is that for maximum efficiency, smaller is better. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, with larger teams you bring more skills as well as more inefficiencies. You might find that the larger group naturally divides itself into smaller cliques. The solution would  either be to keep the head count between 4 and 5 people or to subdivide the project into smaller working pieces and assign subgroups from the larger group according to their strengths.

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