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5 disfunctions of a team

5 disfunctions of a team

I often work with companies facing major change and/or with aggressive growth agendas. Within the leadership teams in these organisations, there is an awareness that thy need some facilitation and help with how they move forward. There needs to be a huge shift in how they think, how they show up, how they present and work through challenges and how they deal with the increased degree of complexity that is going to arise. They know that they need to create the right team that possesses the structure, skill base and capabilities in order to facilitate this massive growth.  ..

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Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

Language is powerful. Every single day we can choose to use positive and inclusive language in order to have greater influence, motivate others and achieve better results. As human beings, we are bound together by our relationships and communication. The strength of those relationships is based on how we relate and how to talk to one another. Language has the power to lift others up, or tear them down. A simple “great job” can have a lasting impact on someone’s motivation. Likewise, a passing comment of “don’t be so sensitive” can make someone feel unheard, under-valued and misunderstood.
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What is frustrating you as a leader right now?

What is frustrating you as a leader right now?

Leading and managing people will always be challenging. Ensuring your team is performing, delivering good financial results, executing strategy, managing multiple and often conflicting priorities, and driving innovation is not easy. To be effective, today’s leader requires perseverance, patience, exceptional people skills and a whole lot of energy.  ..

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How to have breakthrough conversations

How to have breakthrough conversations

In my previous article I addressed my thoughts on how to best facilitate a discussion around strategy with the leaders of an organisation. When a leadership team is gathered together to discuss strategy, as mentioned in the previous article, a great way to start the conversation is to begin with information gathering with a focus on educating everyone in the room. The conversation then evolves to look at the situation through a number of future frames (outlined in detail here). As the team moves through analysing and defining the strategy through these frames, breakthrough questions will begin to emerge. As a facilitator of these workshops, these can be the moments in the meeting that can be a turning point and really move the team forward with momentum. It’s vitally important to recognise when these questions arise, harness them promptly and steer the group into pondering and collaborating on solving these questions.  ..

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Defining your strategy. How to start the conversation

Defining your strategy. How to start the conversation

Recently we were asked by a client to help bring the board and organisation into a conversation around strategy. Within the leadership team there was a heightened sense of tension and opposing priorities. The narrative for some was “we just need to do what we do really well” while others were fixed to the narrative “we need to grow”. Part of facilitating these discussions is to decide on how to start this kind of conversation off on the best foot and to get to an end point where everyone is on the same page.  ..

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How your team can grow and develop through online learning

How your team can grow and develop through online learning

It’s been close to a year now of working within the online corporate playing field. As a whole, we have done remarkedly well in moving our day-to-day operations online, and despite the enormous adjustments we have had to make, it’s been a great example of how adaptive we humans can actually be, when push comes to shove.  ..

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The benefits of lowering your expectations

The benefits of lowering your expectations

We are all prone to procrastinate about certain tasks when they seem too big or complex to start. As I have touched on in a recent article, some of us have a tendency to think too globally about such projects, we look at the big picture and feel too overwhelmed to know how to even begin. Some of us tend to think too specifically, we break it down into too many little steps and the end-result is the same – a daunting sense of overwhelm. Both perspectives lead to us putting it off into the ‘too hard’ basket for another day. ..

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The secret to high performing teams

The secret to high performing teams

So many businesses these days are under pressure to meet targets and achieve their financial goals. This means instilling serious hoops for employees to jump through day in, day out. Much of the focus on the day-to-day is on individual performance - KPIs, SLAs, sales targets, deadlines, mid-year results, end of year results, the list goes on. But how does this effect a workplace culture? Having a work environment that puts too much emphasis on outcomes can come at a big cost.  ..

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