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Chapter 18. Transforming a Work Group In... > Mold the Group Into a Team - Pg. 244

Transforming a Work Group Into a Team 244 Build Team Spirit The best way to build team spirit is by getting members committed to team goals and excited about reaching them. This is not an easy task. People differ, and what excites one may turn off another. Heads Up! Team leaders are change agents, but it's not always possible to make the changes desired. They might recite Rheinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Some team leaders emulate sports teams by having the team pick a name, design a team in signia, and hold team rallies. At one company, team contests were made more competitive and more fun by giving teams names and colors. In the shipping department there were three teams: "The Movers and Shakers," "The Shipping Sharpies," and "The Packing Pack." Each chose a team color combination, designed flags, and had a good time in friendly competition.