Challenges and Opportunities for Work Teams

  Working on and with teams is something you do every day. From ordering supplies, scheduling meetings, to sharing updates and progress. Understanding work teams and how they differ is an important part of your job. There are some foundational truths about teams: Teams work better when the team members know they have a voice … Continued

Blaming each other we stopped talking and kept doing more of the same

When I met with the team leader, he shared his frustration with the project team meetings and how the team members’ always complained that communication and support are weak, leading to project completion that was late, over-budget and below-quality. So, the team leader kept trying more and more meetings – and the same communication and … Continued

People Strategy Implementation Cash Understand the organization’s environment

When partnering for progress with an organization, I try to follow some process so I can understand where they are, where I am, and what next step is useful: Organization Development Frame frame the boundaries understand the environment determine what is working determine what is not working respect each person as an expert in their … Continued

Solution-Focused Team Building Activity

Solution-Focused team building is something that can be used to construct progress for your team. Below is an overview of solution-focused and the framework for the team building activity. I’ve used solution-focused coaching with management teams to share with the leadership a way to discuss strategy, progress, and regress in a manner that creates next … Continued

Personal Accountability to Change Within a Team

One problem I have with team building assessments is that most of the data gathering and evaluation questions are very passive. It seems as if team building is something that happens to people. As opposed to people being active players in their work life. Working with a Managing Partner in a law firm he shared … Continued

Training is not the answer

Our leaders need communication training She needs listening training The management team needs sensitivity training My staff have the wrong attitude We’ve got to teach them to …. Motivation is lacking, and they need to learn how to stay motivated I told him many, many times and he still doesn’t … We just are not … Continued

Goal Setting in a changing environment

Goal Setting and achieving goals is impossible in an environment where the goal changes, moves as you make progress, you have little to no control over other people, who are required, to achieve the goal external forces (government regulations, laws) that change their focus are an intricate partner in controlling the goals or in completing … Continued

Active learning makes teams better

“One of the best ways to improve the quality of teamwork, the researchers found, was to incorporate active involvement into team-building exercises. For organizations, this means that interventions that utilize interactivity and active learning are likely to be more effective than lectures or other forms of passive instruction.”  – How To Build A Better Team? … Continued

How to Create and Sustain Team Performance

Presentation slides from a team building session I facilitated with six nonprofit leadership teams. The objectives were to develop a team-based process to maintain the gains in infrastructure and team development, plus value propositions using data.

How in place of Why Leadership Coaching Questions

Your best project manager comes to you to help with personality clashes. They share how strong personalities are getting in the way of work, and asks for your advice on how to fix this dysfunctional team. Rather than asking why – which will move the work onto your plate – ask a series of ‘how’ coaching questions.