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Team Building – The best way to train your staff to really work as a team, so you're tackling the real issues you have as a leader
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In this article we look at the learning gap that exists between ‘fun’ group activities and the reality of becoming a better functioning team in the actual workplace. Who do you call if a pipe is leaking? A plumber, right? You don’t call an electrician. And when he turns up, you don’t expect him to build a hypothetical model of the structure of your pipework and work on that, leaving you to sort… read more →
We explain why most ‘team-building’ activities are, at best, a waste of time and, at worst, damaging for your team’s morale. Do you get that sinking feeling when someone (your MD? HR? A keen colleague?) suggests you ‘do some team-building’? Do you have ghastly visions of yourself kneeling on the floor with a bongo between your knees, playing the drums in a conference room? Or building Lego constructions against the… read more →
Are you the great team player you think you are? Check out this article to see whether collaboration comes naturally to you. If not, there are 5 things you can do about it. The big question is; are human beings naturally team players? When you think about the following, it’s not obvious: Watching children play, it looks like girls are but boys aren’t. Listening to a live orchestra – that’s… read more →
It’s easy to spot a really dysfunctional team in an organisation. People are political, don’t support each other, are confrontational, divisive and they don’t actually do what they say they’re going to do. At Leaders Lab we rarely have to deal with a senior team in this state (although we are occasionally asked to get involved as a last resort). In such cases, the team is not just going through… read more →
Does your heart sink when one of your colleagues mentions the words ‘team-building exercises’? Do you have visions of having to create abstract constructions out of Lego in a crowded room? Here at Leaders Lab we build a strong case for demonstrating that such activities can be, at best, just a way of having a break from the office with your co-workers, and, at worst, simply damaging for team morale.… read more →
One of the the most common questions we are asked by clients and potential clients is how to motivate people. When we explore their reasons for asking, it seems that they see ‘motivating people’ as the answer to issues as diverse as: People not doing what they are asked to do People giving up too easily People needing a lot of attention in their daily work People not fitting in… read more →