Archive for Team Development
The saying “no man is an island” is nowhere more true than in the fast-paced business world of the twenty-first century. Whether you are a member of a business team or a member of a corporate department, your success is largely dependent on the quality of your relationships with your fellow workers and clients. But relationships don’t just happen, they have to be built; and the number one ingredient in building strong relationships is TRUST.
Trust is the foundation on which all lasting relationships are built; and building trust is a skill. Most people assume that by being trustworthy, they build trust. But that is not necessarily true! There are many trustworthy people in our business world who are ineffective at building relationships, and therefore, at managing – because they do not know how to build trust.
In the fast paced ever changing business world of the 21st century, high functioning teams have become the norm. The very well-being, and/or survival, of many companies depend on these teams for their very existence. To reach high competency each team member must have a clear understanding of his/her personal strengths, a real appreciation of the difference in others, and how their strengths interact with those of others. This knowledge is the foundation for successful team development.
On the other hand, each member of a team is an individual with his/her own characteristics and behaviorial preferences. Their success as a member of an operating team will depend, to a large extent, on how well they interrelate, and capitalize on the strengths of each individual team member.
Leaders must be aware that each team is composed people who are different – with different needs and wants. Effective leaders understand that “one size does not fit all”. They adapt their approach to meet the needs of their followers.
Bloomberg: Your Employees Are Not Mind Readers
This article outlines how you can more effectively address these issues and reach your goals in an authentic and enduring way.
Business Insider: 10 Traits That Make An Ideal Manager
The traits you should develop to make you not just a good leader, but a great one.
Inc.com: 6 Habits of Remarkably Likeable People
A terrific article we’d advise all leaders to check out, with solid suggestions on how to be a person that is easier to talk to.
Forbes.com: America’s Happiest Employee
Zappos is consistently rated as one of the best companies in the U.S. to work for. What makes their employees so happy? The author of this article went and found out for himself.
In today’s fast paced and ever changing business world, there is probably no attribute prized higher than Trust. Trust is the foundation upon which all lasting relationships are built – whether they are personal, team or business related. If there is no trust there is no relationship. It is as simple as that!
But there is a solution! Building trust is a skill, and like all skills, it can be mastered. Developing this characteristic is a three step process that involves:
• Understanding the elements of trust
• Identifying your own strengths and limitations, and
• Using adaptability to build trust
Fast Company: Mission Leadership: 4 Principles For Creating Corporate Commandos
An absolutely fantastic article on mission command leadership, where everyone is closely aligned to the mission, trained to make appropriate decisions, and given the trust and support from leadership to follow through. The mission dictates what is to be done, but the how is, to a greater extent, in the hands of those tasked with execution.
Inc: 7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses
Great bosses understand what employees truly need and then provide it to them. The article spells out the seven traits that employees want to see the most in the people for whom they work, including honesty, humility, and fairness.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” Charles Darwin
In the change oriented business world of the 21st century, change is not only a constant – the rate of change is increasing. Just as change is a law of life, so it is in business. Unfortunately, many team leaders and managers are ill prepared to address this changing landscape in the business world.
Change is apparent in any organization, but it is often compounded by other issues – such as management strategies for new revenue growth, planned culture shifts and the ever present initiative to contain costs. Left alone, your business environment can start to be dominated by rumours, back-biting, lack of focus, lack of energy and a breakdown of trust between managers and employees.