Most teams think that one of the most important activities they do as a team is to make decisions. I argue that teams don’t make decisions and those that try to are less efficient and effective than those that assign the authority for a decision to an individual. Does your team suffer with any of these symptoms of team decision-making?
It’s all too common that we reward the heroes who save the day on our teams without stopping to think that they might only be rescuing us from problems they created. Stop rewarding arsonists for putting out the fires.
We got talking about expectations in a session I was facilitating last week. The conversation was like a giant projective test; quickly exposing the participants’ core ideologies about people, and relationships, and trust. Some of the people around the table talked about the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy and how setting lofty goals can inspire […]
At least once a day I hear someone talk about the importance of balance. Balance is the elusive state of having two or more things in the right proportion or the right emphasis, amount, or weight. CEO’s talk about balancing revenue, cost, and customer satisfaction. Managers talk about balancing the tough messages that create accountability […]
Three events recently have got me thinking about leadership transitions and their impact on teams. First, I attended a one-day conference of Industrial Psychology practitioners and heard a panel of CEO succession experts. Second, I started working with a client where the long time owner is preparing to hand the reins to a successor from […]
I was talking with someone this morning about the sorry state of meetings. We spend so much time in the weeds and waste a precious opportunity to have valuable conversations about stuff that really matters. We talked about a few things, but the one that left me fired up was the amount of time we […]
It’s one of those days where I didn’t have an idea of what to write about so I started Googling random things. Just for fun, I keyed in “secret of effective teamwork.” I read a bunch of articles before my inner voice starting yelling: THERE IS NO SECRET OF EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK!!! There is no secret […]
In my most recent post, I got a little hot under the collar about managers who talk about accountability, but fail to do the uncomfortable things to create and reinforce it. I’ve settled down and am ready to be a little more constructive. Today’s post is a step-by-step on how to create accountability. What is […]