What Makes a Team Great


Last week, during an internal team event, we organized an interesting activity. Team members were asked to form a human chain by holding hands. The team that passed hoop across in least time would win. The hoop signified challenges and issues that a team faces.

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Empowering The Quiet Team Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Your team is on overdrive. A team member with a trait, a quirk that gets under your skin. And it’s costing you and the team time and energy. Team engagement is always critical. It is natural to go for the obvious team drivers: the alpha, the verbalizer, the workhorse.

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8 Reasons Why Teams Fail

Lead Change Blog

We use the word team so often that it has almost become a garbage can word. Everything is a team. We have our department team, our sales team, our whole company is called a team, and we have even called the guys who meet every Friday night a team.

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3 Things You Need to Know to Manage a Team of Superstars

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Handling Conflict on Your Team

Women on Business

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Team Building Exercises for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

If you have worked for more than one boss in your career so far then you know that there are different styles of leadership or management. Think of a boss like an excellent coach who can take his team from a losing history to a winning history in a few years.

Building Commitment on Your Team

Great Leadership By Dan

They’ll step in wondering just what kind of commitment they can expect from you, and many will wonder if they can measure up to the standards on your team. I managed to get back on the ground safely, but the effort really made me question my own competence.

The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The jump from the role of individual contributor to a first-time manager is one of the the most dramatic and most challenging leaps one can make. The post The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

7 Characteristics Of A High Performing Team

Lead Change Blog

When I first started working with teams, I heard the phrase High Performing Team (HPT) used frequently. I understood that a this type of team produced consistent quality results and its members cared about each other. Have table teams report out. Team spirit is high.

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Leadership and Management Mistakes Most First-Time Managers Make

Lead Change Blog

If you’ve been promoted to a management position for the first time, you’re probably feeling pretty terrified. So, lead on, because if you don’t, your team is likely to question your authority and the ability to get things done. Leadership Development Leadership Leadership Management

6 Competencies Your Sales Team Must Master

Let's Grow Leaders

If they hire someone LIKE HER as their sales manager, I question who’s running the place. How can we be sure their project managers or contractors will be any less self-centered? ” 6 Competencies Your Sales Team Must Master.

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5 Ways to Remove Stress from Management

Lead Change Blog

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to lead a sales team. I’d been at the company for five years but had never tried my hand at management, so I thought, ‘why not?’. Managing teams is incredibly difficult, stressful and challenging. Even managers.

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Who is Coaching Your Team?

Linked 2 Leadership

Who is Coaching Your Team? This is even more crucial for your customer facing teams, such as sales, customer service and marketing. To use a sports analogy, you are the owner and or general manager, but who is on the field and in the clubhouse leading the team?

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What Your Team Needs Besides Money

Strategy Driven

But if you believe that’s all they need, you’re going to find more people leaving the team than you would like. Let’s not pretend this relationship is all about what you can do for your team. Your team does plenty for you and showing that you acknowledge and value that is important.

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7 Ways to Keep a Leader on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

The goal then is to find ways to keep a leader energized to stay with the team – so I thought a companion post was appropriate. Good managers are comfortable maintaining progress, but a leader needs to be leading change.

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7 Ways to Build Trust and Confidence with Your Team

Great Leadership By Dan

It took a few of these fire drills before the managers realized what was going on, and they were ticked. Although the managers eventually told John they didn’t appreciate the wasted effort, he never fully understood how hurt they were by his apparent need to quadruple verify their work.

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Are You a Better Leader or Manager?

Ron Edmondson

Self-evaluation is good here Are you more of a leader or a manager? In the book “Reviewing Leadership”, the authors Banks and Ledbetter write, “Leadership and management are two distinct yet related systems of action. Management is about coping with complexity – it is responsive.

Managing Your International Team Without Letting Go Of The Reins

Strategy Driven

Many business owners understand the enormous benefits of having sales teams based in their international territories. Managing your international teams can be easier than you think. Catch up on a personal level with the key members of your international team.

Are You a Great Manager?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Jack Litewka : “How can I know whether I’m a Good Manager or a Great Manager?” (I’ll I’ll assume that no one reading this article is a Bad Manager.) So if a leader is not taking the time to think about what s-he needs to do to continue along the path from Good Manager to Great Manager, becoming a Great Manager will always be out of reach. Good Managers Let’s begin by looking at what Good Managers do.

4 Moves Smart Leaders Make to Get Better Team Results

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Victor Prince : Teams at work are like portfolios of people with different skills and performance patterns. Here are four moves that smart leaders do to get the highest overall return from their team. leadership micromanagement team development Victor Prince

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The Biggest Mistakes Team Leaders Make

Let's Grow Leaders

Which is why I’m inviting you to play along with our next crowd-sourced adventure: A look at the biggest mistakes TEAM LEADERS make. The team leader’s job is arguably the toughest job in most companies and organizations. The Biggest Mistakes Team Leaders Make.

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Management Styles

Strategy Driven

Organizations should coordinate management skills into its overall corporate strategy, in order to satisfy customer needs profitably, draw together the components for practical strategies and implement strategic requirements to impact the business. Under it, people were managed.

Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

There are six ways teams can make decisions. The best collaborative environments are situational in their approach to team decision-making. The Six Types of Team Decisions. If your office is running low on pens, the office manager can decide.

How to Be a Top Leader for your Remote Team

Lead Change Blog

Your remote team is the future of your business. This point was the only place where the employees could access vital job-related files and collaborate as a united team. With that in mind, let’s see how leaders can integrate their remote teams into the culture of the company.

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3 Reasons Team Building is Vital for Employee Engagement

Lead Change Blog

Building a championship team takes practice. From the greatest NBA season ever played by the ‘95-’96 Chicago Bulls (72-10 with a Championship) to the international dominance of the Spanish soccer team from 2007-2012, there’s one common thread…. Imagine your team is a machine.

A Quick Guide To Managing Conflicts


Here’s my one big lesson about managing conflicts – whenever I tried to “react” in the face of conflict, the situation mostly worsened. BONUS: Seth Godin’s guidance on managing disagreements and on managing conflicts with our own selves.

A Critical Team Building Mistake to Avoid At All Costs

Lead Change Blog

Last week I spoke with a company executive who said, “People are upset, can you help us with some team-building?” But if your people are upset, team-building isn’t the solution. You can’t team-build your way out of fundamental problems. Please Don’t Do This.

12 Questions To Get Your Team Thinking More Strategically

Lead Change Blog

Sure, there are many managers that need to think and act more strategically. See also like Powerful Presentations: Teaching Your Team to Talk Strategy. If you’re looking for more ways to help your team grow, download my free e-book Talking Teams.

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Put Time on Your Team

Strategy Driven

But with of all of the difficulties the passing months bring, positives do present themselves for selling teams that are effective and organized. While the concept and strategy of team selling is widely known, there is less talk about the fact that prospect organizations buy in teams as well.

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A Lesson for Team Leaders from the Ship of Theseus

Lead Change Blog

If you are leading a team in any industry, you are likely constantly in search of actionable ideas that will help you to strengthen your culture and inspire better teamwork among your staff. Who on your team has a few boards that need to be replaced?

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The Puzzle – Building Effective Teams

Lead Change Blog

Building an effective team is like putting together a complex puzzle. It is the same for builders of teams. Some concentrate on selection and building diverse skills, while others are participants, watching as the team dynamics unfold. Step 3: Stages of Team Development.

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There’s No “I” in Team, But There Should Be

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How to Bring People Together and Resolve Team Issues

Lead Change Blog

Office politics can cripple businesses and cause undue stress for employees and managers alike. What’s most frustrating is the fact that issues within a team are often avoidable and just as easily fixed. Do you have multiple teams divided by walls or partitions?

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The Value Of A Complementary Team

Lead Change Blog

Back in my formidable days of being a twenty-something manager, Jack, one of the senior leaders of our theme park department, would spend time throughout his days discussing various leadership and operational strategies with us. Within a team, not every role is the same.

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How Project Management Apps Are Fostering Remote Working

Strategy Driven

The inter-connectivity of computers worldwide and the advent of project management apps and time-tracking software has made this possible. There was also a 13% increase in productivity from the virtual team.

10 Things to Do When Your Team’s Not Listening

Let's Grow Leaders

She was trying so hard… to establish the right vision, to key in on the important behaviors, to scaffold and develop…and her team just wasn’t listening. Here are ten questions worth asking when you hit that wall– when your team is just not listening.

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Managing An Older Team As A Young Manager

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Sean McPheat : With more and more graduates finding themselves in a managerial role fresh out of university, it’s interesting to analyse the way that young managers are able to manage and interact with their older team members. Get to know your team as individuals.

Under New Management

Leading Blog

It is hard to let go of the thinking behind some of the management tools we still use today. David Burkus reports on a number of seemingly radical management ideas in Under New Management. He also tackles the question: Are managers necessary? Management

The benefits of having a team of equals


Perhaps you’ve had managers who expected things to be done their way, with little appreciation for your decisions and ideas. How did it feel to be seen as an equal by your manager? Maybe your manager even asked you what you thought (and an incredible feeling of being valued followed).

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Inspiring team vitality


If I asked your team what you could do better I wouldn’t be surprised if they told me you could take a more positive view. You want your team to have vitality. An unbalanced focus on what’s wrong won’t provide the kind or energy you want your team to have. Can you imagine what it would be like if there were more positivity and vitality in your team? What can you do to lead your team to be more vital and energetic?

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