What a team needs?

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Recently I attended a workshop on team building skills at work but I think this information will be help in our daily life too. There are so many times we will work with others and in each of those situation, we are a team. You can use this list as a guideline to form your team. Or you can use this as a checklist to evaluate and improve your team. Here are the 7 items:

  1. Clear Team Purpose and Expectations
    • Performance goals and outcomes
    • Alignment with the organization
  2. Complementary Mix of Skills
    • Knowledge of team resources
  3. Concise, Honest, Open Communications
  4. Defined Performance Plan
    • Agreed upon actions to reach goals
  5. Clearly Defined Roles
    • Assigned responsibility for deliverables
  6. Sense of Urgency
  7. Sense of Identity and Accountability
Last Updated: June 5, 2008

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Stress Relief for Parents and Kids

Competitive Pressures on Kids

Child researcher Wendy Grolnick says competitive anxiety can be channeled into positive parenting.

Almost all parents feel pressured to have their kids succeed.

Too often, the focus is on outcomes—such as getting a good grade on a test—rather than learning or development, Grolnick says. When the outcome is the focus, what leads up to it is seen as work, not fun. Intrinsic motivations—the true keys to success—are wiped out.

For the things that require excellence, the only thing that will ultimately get us there is that we are doing it because we love it.

  1. Autonomy – This lets children feel they can solve their own problems. They feel in charge and not controlled.
  2. Competence – By providing structure, parents give their children guidelines for how to act in the world, which instills them with a feeling of competence. Help them determine how to do well at something.
  3. Connectedness – Support, in the form of time and other resources, provides children with a necessary feeling of connection.


Stress Relief Solutions

  • Talk to someone
  • Get babysitting help when you need a break
  • Reach out to other parents
  • Call a help line
  • Talk to your child‘s school
  • Take a class for parents

Hints to Help Reduce Homework Stress

Homework. Children and parents alike often dread the thought of it. Whether the trouble is a child’s lack of homework skills, unclear parental expectations, or simply too much homework, a variety of problems may result: family squabbles, poor grades, and the hindrance of academic progress. If you’re a parent whose evening stress level is directly related to how much homework “we” have tonight, there are a number of changes you can make so that homework is more manageable and productive.

  • If your child has trouble completing homework without help, find out why.

Homework that cannot be done without help is not good homework.

  • Talk with the teacher if you feel homework is excessive.
  • Ask for individual adaptations for your child.
  • Stop putting homework on your to-do list.
  • Stand up for your right to a balanced family life.
    • Allow your child some downtime.
    • Consider limiting your child’s outside activities.
    • Make family time a priority.
Last Updated: June 4, 2008

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How are US schools compare to those in other countries?

U.S. Schools: Not That Bad

America’s educational system is easier than those in China and India—but it’s still teaching valuable life lessons

  • Indian students in the same grade as his teenage daughters were two or three years ahead in math, physics, biology, and even subjects like world history and English literature.
  • It can take longer for Indians and Chinese to develop crucial real-world skills that come more easily for some Americans. Yes, U.S. teens work part-time, socialize, and party. But the independence and social skills they develop give them a big advantage when they join the workforce. They learn to experiment, challenge norms, and take risks.
  • There is no doubt that U.S. education can and should be improved. In the global economy, skills are going to provide the competitive edge. But it will take more than math and science. Our children also need to learn geography, literature, language, and culture. Creativity and innovation come from a broad education and independent thinking. We need sociologists and historians as well as mathematicians.
  • we need to create the excitement and demand that makes our children want to become engineers and scientists (BusinessWeek.com, 10/26/07). There is no shortage of these skills in the U.S., but these professions just aren’t cool. In India and China, engineers and scientists are regarded highly; here they are called nerds or worse.
  • Our competitors are working very hard to be innovative and entrepreneurial like us. There are many things we need to fix—not just math and science education. We need to compete on our strengths, not theirs.

The Science Education Myth

Last Updated: June 3, 2008

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