How do you create a sense of “we” when teams are spread across the state/country/world? Here are 6 practical strategies we know work because we have seen them first hand.
1. Set a Team Goal. Does your team have a goal that everyone is focused on? Or is It like most teams, where everyone is evaluated by their individual performance goals? Doing that creates a focus on “me.” By creating a team goal, everyone will focus… Read the full article >
Why would you want to optimize your collaboration with other divisions, functions, or companies?
Because it will feel good, reduce your workload, and give you leverage for the future!
For most of us, working with others, getting inspiration, being appropriately challenged, and having fun makes a big difference. How could you do all this alone? – Collaborating can be challenging at times, but in productive relationships, the reward is much higher than what you are putting into… Read the full article >
Everybody wants to be on a high-profile team. Should you?
Why you should:
• It gives you exposure. People will recognize you as a “can-do” person.
• You’ll be around ambitious and smart people, and you can learn from them.
• Helps create a strong network for your future.
• High velocity and high expectations are invigorating.
Why not to:
• It’s risky. What if the project fails? Will… Read the full article >
After teaching, coaching, and consulting to thousands of leaders around the globe, it’s pretty clear what makes a great team meeting. Here’s what you must do in your leadership team meetings to create the best results.
Arrive Early to Connect: Not just via the meeting link. This few minutes of unstructured time may be all you will get with your team this week. Don’t squander it. Take a few minutes for chit chat about other topics and connect with your team.
Spend… Read the full article >
Winning teams do not think of their work as work. They view what they do as a mission. The difference is profound. Think of the NASA teams who put people and shuttles into space. They weren’t working for the agency – they were committed to the country, to science, to the mission of exploring new frontiers. If you think that’s the private reserve of space travel or the search for a cancer cure, look at the teams constantly driving… Read the full article >
Ask any CEO their goals for the year and they will tell you their market growth and profitability targets. But ask them WHY these goals matter, and many won’t get beyond long-term growth and competitive advantage. These are important reasons to set goals but they won’t set your team on fire. They won’t give your team the energy to climb the hurdles they will face. Organizational success is built upon a stronger bedrock than goals. The research is clear that the motivation to excel resides in the emotions, not the intellect. To blow away your goals, you need to create a… Read the full article >
Great leaders have one thing in common. They take a winning idea/product/innovation and rally people around it to create exceptional levels of success.
You can give credit to the innovations – but the roadside is littered with seemingly genius innovations that went nowhere–often because the geniuses behind the innovations could not rally people to make it into a feasible business. Based on my experience coaching and advising leaders for two decades, the ones who can successfully inspire their people to greatness, have one competency before all others: cultivating mission critical thinking.
Winning teams do not think of their work,… Read the full article >
When people talk about sports analogies in business, no one ever talks about crew teams. And the term that never gets talked about in great teams is “swing”.
79 years ago this week, an underdog US Crew Team astonished Hitler and the world by winning the 1936 Olympic Gold in Germany. This story of true teamwork is told in recent best-seller Boys in the Boat. In the book, “swing” is described this way:
“There is a thing that sometimes happens in rowing that is hard to achieve and hard to define. Many crews, even winning crews, never really find… Read the full article >