Effective teams are the sina qua non of organizational change. Key in their development are:
Designs & Structures (3 Tools | 7 Articles)
Development/Performance (4 Tools | 5 Articles)
Effective Teams: Designs & Structures
Guiding Coalitions: Driving Change through Collaborative Leadership
Successful change initiatives need strong leadership. This tool explores how to structure and align the three key change leadership roles for optimal results.
Teams are not the same as teamwork, and there are many types of teams. Consider how teams may present competitive advantages
At the outset of a transition, it's important to clarify optimal team design. Consider the best approach given your challenges.
When Your Friend Becomes Your Boss
Navigating the change in relationship wrought by a promotion requires the best possible thinking. "Do's" and "don'ts" come down to one basic approach: be a better friend than ever - for mutual benefit.
The "I" in Teams
How a leader behaves and, more important, how he/she thinks is an inescapable part of team DNA.
Resist the urge to kick into effort or control to maintain mental equilibrium.
The Incredible Shrinking Employee
How to keep balance when the boss loses it.
Conflict is an inevitable outcome of the fact that each human being things for him/herself. By paying attention to mood or tone, managers keep conflict from getting out of hand.
Listening as a Feeling
Good listening is an essential skill of groups that achieve outstanding performance. It has very little to do with the mental gymnastics of trying to concentrate on the words, and a lot to do with a kind of feeling.
Working as One
Team success is based on timeless principles that ultimately rest on spiritual truth: connection with something larger than the individual.
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Effective Teams: Development/Performance
Team Alignment: Purpose
Teams exist for a purpose - actually multiple purposes. Getting clear on the purpose at an organizational, team, and individual level can greatly improve success.
Averting Conversation Pitfalls
Communication issues are often at the root of problems in productivity, performance, growth and results. Even the art of conversation can be less simple that it looks. Here are ways to make your team communications more effective.
Team Decision Making
Early development and consistent application of an effective decision-making process will increase the likelihood that the team will remain powerful.
Clarify roles, responsibility and authority to prevent confusion or bottlenecks and to ensure smooth team functioning.
Feedback: Gift to the Giver
A different approach to feedback -- one in which the deliverer explores his/her own thinking -- can lead to surprisingly fresh ideas and profound changes.
The metrics of employee performance -- what is measured -- is not as important as how it's done: routinely and directly soliciting feedback from an open and curious stance, and then taking action based on the findings.
Measuring Up... Consistently
Exploring new approaches to focusing on the things that really matter to organizational success.
Performativity: Mirrors May be Hazardous
It's a cruel paradox: the harder we try to perform well, the less access we have to the inner resources that can help us the most. Watch out for the warning signs of performativity in others and in yourself.
Whistling While You Work
What you can do to transform the work experience from drudgery to exuberance.
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