Home Blog Page 44

15 Characteristics of successful teams



Whether they are elite special operations units, winning professional sports teams, or successful commercial organizations, all high performance teams share similar attributes. They have high levels of internal trust and responsibility, are more successful in navigating change, and have a resilient mindset. They are more sustainable, have higher levels of engagement and therefore higher efficiency. High-performing business organizations operate with a clear mission story, have greater employee and customer satisfaction and retention, grow faster (and smarter), and are more profitable.

Here are the 15 characteristics of successful teams (in no particular order):

1. Servant leadership: The organization adopts a leadership philosophy in which the primary goal of the leader is to serve. They stay focused on achieving goals while remaining humble and putting the needs of the team before their own.

2. Shared vision: All team members share and support a common vision that the team strives to achieve. Team members are very focused on the goals. They are emotionally linked to the story of the mission.

3. Time-oriented: The team works to specific deadlines to get results. SMART goals are the norm.

4. Culture of Responsibility: The organization not only talks about the importance of accountability, but also has frameworks in place that align experiences, beliefs and actions with desired business outcomes.

5. Transparent communication: Everyone goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the plan – and progress towards the plan – is clearly understood. Appropriate tools are used. Leaders and managers engage in focused storytelling through formal and informal mechanisms for sharing information across the organization.

6. Extension of the comfort zone: The work of the team is beyond the comfort zone of the team. Calculated risks are taken and they always ask “what if?” The team embraces and thrives in the face of adversity. The organization plans for the unexpected and is more resilient when obstacles arise.

7. Ecosystems, not hierarchies: High-performing teams take a more decentralized approach to leadership and decision-making. While the planning process generally remains centralized and focused on overall strategies, the execution of tasks and tasks is decentralized. Leadership is pushed down the chain of command.

8. Good planning: The team has appropriate mechanisms and SOPs (standard operating procedures) for planning and execution. They solicit feedback and participation from all appropriate team members in the planning process. Everyone’s voice is heard.

9. After action reviews: The team stops at a convenient time to check the quality of their recent work with the aim of determining how the process could be improved and what learning can be shared with other members. The after action review process is carried out on a regular basis and the results are documented in a center of excellence.

10. High participation: Members work to make sure everyone is involved. Engagement stimulates participation. Very few (if any) of the team members are disengaged or actively disengaged (working against the team).

11. Self-managed: The leadership of the team changes depending on the expertise required. Team members leap into the breech as weaknesses or gaps are discovered.

12. Confidence is measured: The team understands that trust has a direct impact on productivity, engagement and profitability. Integrity, honesty and transparency (appropriate times and context) are among the expected standards of behavior of the organization.

13. Guiding principles: The team operates on a specific and well-defined set of guiding principles that dictate their behavior and communication. A common language is used as part of the organizational “way”. Guiding principles are always taken into account for talent acquisition, promotion efforts and reward mechanisms.

14. Celebrate success: High performance teams celebrate small victories towards goal achievement. The members of the team work to build themselves. They care deeply about the development and personal growth of each person.

15. Culture of learning: The organization constantly strives for excellence through learning and development. They are never happy with the status quo.

Now that you understand the characteristics, you know where your team thrives and what can be improved. So get started!

Google’s call filtering feature can tell unwanted callers to get lost. here’s how


The Google call screen is easy to use.

Jason Cipriani / CNET

Automated calls are boring. You have to guess every call from a number that is not in your contacts, and you know that accepting a scammer’s call will only result in more automated calls. But answering your phone doesn’t have to be so stressful.

Enter an Android feature called Google call screen. Instead of taking the call yourself, you can have Google Assistant answer it for you, speak to the person on the other end of the phone, and provide you with a real-time transcript. You can then decide whether you want to resume or end the call.

Although the call screen debuted by Google Pixel phone line, Google told me that it is also available on some Motorola and Nokia devices. The company does not have a list of phones with this feature, but Motorola in early 2019 announced i Moto G7 and Moto One the lineup would get it (it’s unclear which Nokia phones have a call screen). You will know if your phone has access to the call screen if you see the options described below.

When the Pixel 4 Launched in October 2019, Google announced that Call Screen will automatically filter your calls without you having to do anything. It’s a pretty cool feature and should be available on all phones. Yes, even the iPhone.


Filter incoming calls with just a touch.

Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Filter an incoming call with a single tap

Whenever your Pixel phone rings, you will see the standard incoming call interface, but with a new Call screen button. You don’t need to enable the feature, it is enabled by default. Press the button to immediately answer the call and have Google Assistant start talking to the caller. The script at the start of the call is always the same.

The Google Assistant tells the caller that you are using a screening service, which will provide you with a transcript of the call, and asks the person to provide the reason for the call.

Once the caller starts speaking, a transcript of the answer will show on your phone screen in real time. The transcript is presented as an SMS conversation, with options pre-populated at the bottom of your screen. If you want to ask the caller for more info or say you can’t answer the phone right now, just tap one of the options and Google Assistant will continue speaking on your behalf.

Now playing:
Check this out:

Google call screen: everything you need to know


In addition to reading the responses, you can choose to listen to the caller by holding the phone to your ear or by pressing the volume button on the side of your phone to activate the speakerphone.

If the call is bot or spam, you can flag it as such and Google Assistant will end the call. If this is someone you want to talk to, press the green answer button and start talking.

The whole experience is incredibly well done, impressive, and straightforward.

pixel-4 call screen

All Pixel phones can automatically screen calls for you.

Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

You don’t have to do anything about suspected spam calls

On Thursday, Google began rolling out a new automatic call screening feature to all Pixel phones. Previously only available on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, it will prevent robocalls and suspected unwanted calls from reaching your phone.

Google doesn’t have a timeline for the rollout, so if you don’t have the option to activate it yet, keep checking.

To activate automatic filtering of calls in the Settings of the Phone application. Open the Phone app, tap the three dots icon in the top right corner and navigate to Settings > Spam filter and calls > Call filter.

Browse each option in the Unknown call settings section, telling your phone which types of callers to let through and which Google Assistant should automatically filter out.

Did you know that you can change the voice of the Google Assistant that answers your calls?

Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Another old Pixel 4-only feature that is now rolling out to all Pixel phones is the ability to record the audio recording of a screened call. If you activate the function, your phone will only keep the sound of the person who called. It won’t keep your audio or Google Assistant audio if you decide to respond.

If you don’t have these options, make sure your Pixel doesn’t have any pending software updates and that the Phone app is up to date in the Play Store.

Refine your settings

If you don’t have the new automatic call screening feature yet, or if you have a non-Pixel phone, you can always adjust how call screening works. To view the call screen settings, open the Phone app and tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner, followed by Settings > Call filter.

You will be able to change the voice of the Google Assistant that answers your calls, as well as see a demonstration of how the feature works.


The transcript view is one of my favorite features of the Google call screen.

Jason Cipriani / CNET

Confidentiality above all

Call Screen uses Google Assistant to monitor the call. Just as the Assistant transcribes your requests, it also transcribes incoming calls. At no time during the call is any information sent to Google’s servers – everything is handled on your phone.

Whenever you tell Google Assistant to do something like send a message or listen to music, Google stores a recording of the audio in your Google account.

At launch, there was no way to show previous transcripts, but towards the end of 2018 Google added the ability to show call screen transcripts. You can find out more about where find your call screening transcripts here.

If you are new to Android, be sure to change these five Android phone settings. Recently upgraded to Android 10? Get accustomed to the new Android 10 gesture navigation, so what check out these Android 10 privacy settings you need to know

Originally posted a year ago. Updated with new information.

Beaverhead County, MT, Burning Permits Available Online


Citizens can buy permits through the new website

Beginning November 24, citizens of Beaverhead County, MT will be able to purchase a burning permit without leaving their homes.

Developed in partnership with NIC Montana, the Beaverhead County Burning Permit Service is available online at burnpermits.mt.gov. With the new website, citizens will have instant access to purchase permits, add multiple burn locations to a single permit, and print permits at home or email each other permits. The online service accepts debit and credit cards as well as electronic checks (eCheck).

Citizens can activate a permit online or by calling the county’s new automated phone system at (833) 216-3454. The Burn Permit Service displays real-time updates on an interactive county map when a customer activates a permit by entering the permit number and the start and end times of the burn. County fire and emergency personnel can use the service to monitor current burning activity in the county.

Citizens can still obtain a burn permit in person at the Beaverhead County DES office, 2 South Pacific St., Suite 12, in Dillon. Payment must be made in cash or by check for permits purchased in person. New and renewed permits cost $ 3 and are valid throughout the current calendar year. Renewed permits will not be available for purchase until the start of the new burn season on January 1, 2021.

About Montana.Gov (NIC Montana)

Based on Helena NIC Montana builds, operates and maintains the Montana State digital government services which are available on the official website, mt.gov. NIC Montana is a wholly owned subsidiary of the digital government services company NIC.

About the network card

NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV) is a leading government digital payments and solutions company, serving more than 7,000 federal, state and local government agencies across the country. Headquartered in Olathe, Kan., NIC partners with the majority of states in the United States to provide user-friendly digital services that make it easier and better to interact with government – providing valuable amenities such as applying for Unemployment Insurance. , submit business records, renew licenses, access information and make secure payments without visiting a government office. In the era of COVID-19 and beyond, the NIC helps government agencies quickly deliver digital solutions to deliver essential services to citizens and businesses. Serving the public sector for nearly 30 years, NIC continues to evolve with its federal, state and local government partners to deliver innovative and cost-effective digital government to voters. Learn more about www.egov.com.

See the source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201124005052/en/


Samantha Mongoven | NIC Montana
Marketing & Operations Director
(406) 449-3468, ext. 225
[email protected]

Kara Cowie | NIC Inc
Director of Corporate Communications
816-813-2350 | [email protected]