“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” (Vince Lombardi)
Teaming reflects the dynamic collaboration of individuals striving to leverage their unique perspectives. When a group of people with different abilities, talents, experiences, and backgrounds come together for a shared purpose they are teaming. Their ability to leverage their differences is what allows for “magic” or synergy.
We are teaming far more often than we realize – on case study competitions, group tasks and discussions, and students leadership groups.
Teaming is not easy, but it is increasingly important in organizational life. Employers repeatedly cite teamwork and collaboration as among the most important skills for new employees. In the post-pandemic hybrid workplace, virtual teamwork is the new normal, and we communicate across numerous modalities (e.g. WhatsApp, Slack, email, text, instant messaging ) which alone creates challenges for teamwork. Unfortunately, many of us go into these environments without the requisite skills or tools.
Baruch College is one of the most diverse colleges in the United States. This diversity is a strength that provides unlimited potential for innovation and collaboration, which can be practiced in the experiential laboratory of the Baruch classroom. Our mission in this platform is to facilitate the unlocking of this potential through developing greater self-awareness and a team mindset.
The objective of this site is to provide you with evidence-based resources so that you can successfully engage in teaming: to leverage the diversity of perspectives and experiences in your team, and to do so in an inclusive way. The site is designed around 4 phases:
It provides actionable tools to be used across all types of teams, and with student and faculty collaboration will evolve into socially-constructed toolset.
Our hope is to help your team to work together to solve problems that matter, to innovate, and to develop every team member’s skills and thinking to meet the demands of modern (collaborative and diverse) organizations.