Working with the Hand We’re Dealt
In a perfect world, I would get to select all the people I work with. Alas, the world is often far from perfect. We don’t always have the option to cut the deadwood and replace them with rock stars. You’ve seen the sports flicks where the underdog coach comes in and turns a bunch of “losers” into championship athletes. Some of these are true stories – take away the Hollywood touch and replace it with hard work, leadership skills, and grit. Continue reading When I Can’t Choose My Own Team…
Do We Have To Agree?
Seven of us were gathered from around the globe for three long days of meetings. We were a diverse group: Millennial, retired, male, female, and with a wide range of pet topics. Our choices would set the course of our organization for years to come.
It was a unique experience that I wish was common: In the face of diversity and considerable disagreement, there was an overwhelming sense of unity.
Teams of People, Not Robots
I want to give you a straight-forward, cookie cutter approach to building successful teams. I want to, but I can’t.
The problem is the number of variables that come into play. Building team skills into an Executive Team that has worked together for years (but perhaps not well) is different than pulling together a set of people who barely know each other – if at all – for a short-term project. A large organization with many players to choose from to form their team has different issues than the small organization that doesn’t really have options for who will be on the team. And the variables go much deeper than that since the organization’s culture impacts everything. Continue reading Building Teams That Succeed
…Success Starts Here
”Team” is one of those words we use too loosely. Or maybe we’re just hopeful that calling a group of people a “team” will magically make them act like one. But becoming an effective team takes intentionality, skill, and hard work.
Whether it’s a project team, a management team, or an operational team, here are four foundations to build a team on: Continue reading Four Foundations of a Team