Mackin and American Bar Association Discuss Team Building

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Deborah Mackin, president and founder of New Directions Consulting Inc. and author of the best selling series of team-building books, The Team-Building Tool Kit (2nd ed. 2007, American Management Association) and Keeping The Team Going (1996, American Management Association), was recently featured in the American Bar Association's seasonal newsletter for government and public sector lawyers, PASS IT ON.

Deborah Mackin, president and founder of New Directions Consulting Inc. and author of the best selling series of team-building books, The Team-Building Tool Kit (2nd ed. 2007, American Management Association) and Keeping The Team Going (1996, American Management Association), was recently featured in the American Bar Association's seasonal newsletter for government and public sector lawyers, PASS IT ON.

In the article titled, Teams in Government Law Offices: How to Build a Better Team, by Katherine Mikkelson, Mackin explains that the benefit of teams is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and stresses the need for diversification on a team for it to be most effective. Mackin also states that a junior level person on a team can gain tremendous experience and growth because of the collective minds that join a team and because each idea is valued.

Mikkelson, in her article, brings up the fact that many are resistant to form teams because they think teams are unproductive or time consuming. Mackin states that "if a pre-determined outcome or decision is made by management before a team is assembled, or if management thinks there is only one correct answer, a team model will not work." Mackin also emphasizes the need for a team charter or the 'goals and principles of the team' in order for a team to be most effective. "The key to creating a charter is to do it early in the process, after the team is first formed. At this stage it is easy to form consensus. Building a charter helps resolve conflicts later on." To view article please visit: http://www.newdirectionsconsulting.com/pdfs/Pass_It_On.pdf

Mackin is an international consultant and trainer on teams, quality and leadership. For over 25 years, she has been a constant voice and authority in implementing teams in order to build a high-performance work environment. She writes a weekly blog on practical tips and tactics for business leaders: (http://www.newdirectionsconsulting.com/wordpress).

PASS IT ON is a seasonal newsletter that provides a forum for the discussion of issues of special concern to government and public sector lawyers. PASS IT ON is edited by members of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. For more information please visit: http://www.governmentlawyer.org.

Katherine Mikkelson is Associate Director of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, and a staff editor of PASS IT ON.

New Directions Consulting, Inc. was founded in 1984 with a single goal: to offer high quality, comprehensive training, consulting and quality products to organizations and businesses eager to succeed in the competitive marketplace. After 25 years their goal remains the same today. New Directions Consulting clients are typically fast growing organizations who realize that to be successful requires the ability to master change, unite diverse perspectives, engage in systems thinking and promote continuous improvement of products and services -- all to satisfy increasingly demanding customers. New Directions Consulting clients include sanofi pasteur, Lockheed Martin, KAPL, Delta Faucet, Hemming's Motor News as well as many others. To learn more please visit: http://www.newdirectionsconsulting.com.

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