Category Archives: Leading teams

Work collaboratively as a member of a team, ensuring that one’s own contribution maximises the team’s overall performance. Communicate and interact with other team members and represent the team to stakeholders and other teams. Inspire team members to meet or exceed the business objectives. Coach and develop the capabilitites of individuals. Value differences in opinion and background of the team members.

Design the organisation
Develop the culture
Work in teams
Lead in teams
Coach and mentor
Generate and apply innovation and creativity

Commentary:
Team working has become more of an imperative as organisations de-layer. The roles of Supervisor and Middle Manager are becoming increasingly rare and often groups of people need to form themselves into teams, establish decision-making processes and find ways to work together effectively and learn. For the Leaders of Teams, there is the added complication of knowing when to lead from the front, when to act as a coach, a facilitator or a mentor.

Leadership – a little more to consider?

Leadership in some more detail  This paper on leadership is in four sections:-        Theory        Trust        Relationships        Further reading the full paper is here:-LeadershipInDepth2014 An introduction The dictionary defines a leader as ‘a person who rules, guides … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … action learning

don’t just sit there – learn something  Action learning is an educational process whereby people work and learn together by tackling real issues and reflecting on their actions. Learners acquire knowledge through actual actions and practice rather than through traditional … Continue reading

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Five minutes on …facilitating teams

Facilitating teams With more and more firms making the move towards team-working, the role of the facilitator is increasingly important. From the Latin ‘facilis’ for ‘easy’, three fundamentals of a facilitator’s role … Support It is not your place to … Continue reading

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Five minutes on… creating a change culture

not about structures, but winning hearts and minds, read on:- Companies which manage change successfully overwhelmingly share the view that their real challenge is not in revamping strategies, systems or structures, but in changing individual employees’ behaviour, and in creating … Continue reading

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Five minutes on …building teams

Team building It’s a little more than forming, storming, norming and performing …mourning.    Read on… Are you sure you are part of a team? Or are you one of the unfortunate many aiming for ‘Team’ but not making it … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … cognitive diversity: thinking differently?

Say the word ‘diversity’ to many managers and quite reasonably most will talk about of equality of opportunity for women, or ethnic minorities, or any group that is under-represented in the workplace. Only a minority will think that you’re talking about cognitive … Continue reading

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Five minutes on … getting creative?

The greater shift towards an information-based economy requires a more sophisticated workforce with higher order skills such as creativity, flexibility in thought, the ability to make decisions based upon incomplete information, complex pattern recognition abilities and synthesis skills has made … Continue reading

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