Surviving and Thriving Uncertainty: Building Adaptable Teams

By Kandy Smith and Joseph Farmer.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Teambuilding has always been a formidable leadership challenge. Peter Grazier once said, “A true team is a group of people guided by a common purpose who have an appreciation of the talents each brings to the task and a clear understanding of how to apply those talents to accomplish it”. As technology transforms the traditional workplace, barriers associated with the increased complexity of team composition often complicate cultivation of high-performing teams. At the same time, globalization and increased productivity expectations have placed a renewed emphasis on teamwork that produces tangible outcomes efficiently and effectively. Uncertainty is a given in the 21st century. Economic and social unrest throughout the world is the backdrop for daily transactions in business, politics, education and health care. Thriving in today’s global market requires development of adaptable teams. Dogsledders have a 1000 year legacy of successful teambuilding. As we explore wisdom from the dogsledder in this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discover how to survive and thrive amidst the uncertainty of today’s world.

Keywords: Teams, Teambuilding, Leadership

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 547.572KB).

Dr. Kandy Smith

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Kandy Smith is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Her nursing career spans 24 years and includes practice in the ICU as a nurse and clinical nurse specialist, and in staff development before joining academia 14 years ago. Kandy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters in Nursing from Emory University and a Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Having taught across the curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, Dr. Smith is passionate about developing emotional competencies in nursing students and nurses in practice. She participated as a Fellow in the Helene Fuld Leadership Initiative in Nursing Education Fellowship, and has presented numerous workshops, papers and posters on the subject of developing social and emotional competencies. Research interests include leadership development and implications for social and emotional competency development in nurses and patients.

Joseph Farmer

Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Joseph Farmer is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, USA. He has completed nine years of teaching in various courses in the undergraduate nursing program, from Foundations of Professional in the first semester, Nursing Issues and Leadership in the fourth semester, through Aggregate Professional Nursing Care in the fifth and final semester. Mr. Farmer’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Community Health, and he is currently a PhD candidate in International Development. As a registered nurse, Mr. Farmer has worked as an emergency room staff nurse, clinical educator in hospital education, a research nurse, and a nursing instructor. He has also completed certification as an AIDS Care Registered Nurse. Research, presentations, and areas of interest include community health, HIV/AIDS, cultural diversity, and underrepresented populations. Mr. Farmer is a member of numerous professional nursing organizations, including the Transcultural Nursing Society and Association of Nurse in AIDS Care.


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