CEOs can cling to the myth that they can continue to focus on specialist work and a client load. You need to manage your team and organisation instead.
We look at what makes workplace partnerships truly effective, and give you tips on what mindset shifts you need to achieve them.
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High performing teams did not start out that way. A team in its infancy is little more than a group of people working alongside each other, with a vaguely common purpose. The stages in the cycle of team development are often referred to as forming, storming, norming and performing. An accomplished CEO or team leader should be able to identify, and deal with, each stage as it occurs, flexing his… read more →
Mostly, the important work in organisations does not involve an individual creating something from nothing. Frequently it involves individuals and groups working together. So why is it so very unusual to see individuals and groups working really harmoniously together? And why do some groups stop collaborating with other groups, preferring to spend most of their energies finger-pointing the other group? Same question with individuals? Essentially it comes from the groups’… read more →
Our perennial favourite blogger, Neil Crofts, has come up trumps again with this very insightful guest post on what a team really is: There is a lot of talk of team work and team building in businesses, but the reality of teams and teamwork existing in business is patchy. There are, of course, some excellent teams, but a lot of groups who call themselves teams are not teams at all.… read more →
How familiar are these situations? Your organisation adopts a new strategy. While paying lip-service to the change, key staff still resist the new direction, complaining and hoping that things will go back to the way they were. A team regards itself as a group of individuals who ‘happen’ to report to the same person. Though they each do their own job effectively, the synergies, economies of scale and innovation that… read more →
What do you understand by ‘team development’? Here are some of the answers we get when we’re talking to the business managers and directors who are our prospective clients. They say:”Oh we do a lot of team development. We go out for a big meal together every month. In fact we’re going out for one next week.” Or they say, “We sort out all our issues over a pint on… read more →
Do you find yourself saying ‘we’re like family’? What’s the problem with that? Well, being ‘one big happy family’ is not the way to run a business that is durable, that provides a satisfying environment for people to work in and that is financially stable and sound. Too many business owners recruit people on the basis that they like them, or even worse, that they are like them! A really… read more →
What many managers miss when they take on leading is that a team of people takes on a life of its own, quite distinct from the one on one relationships that random groups of people have. And it’s at this point that many managers suddenly feel as the spider must feel when too many flies land on the web at once! And you’ve got your own job to do, too!… read more →