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FAQ #04: Where should I focus my leadership energy?

> [Video] How to Lead An Effective Team

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> Five keys to being a better public speaker (lessons learned from over 2000 speaking engagements).

Over the last 25 years I have spoken to groups over 2000 times. There is hardly a week that goes by that I don't do a public speech to groups varying in size from a dozen to many hundreds of people. I have also trained a number of other public speakers.

Here are five things I have noticed effecti…

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> Five great questions that can radically improve your team's performance ...

Tim had been working in my team for three months and I was getting increasingly frustrated with his performance, or should I say his lack of performance. He had come highly recommended and I couldn't work out why he just wasn't achieving the outcomes he had been brought into the team to achieve. The…

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> My top 6 Team and Conflict resource recommendations - What are yours?

Here are my top six book recommendations that will help you build your team and resolve conflicts.

Links to each of these can be found here on my Resources Page.

  1. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Johnson Spencer
  2. Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations…

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> Improve Your Team Series: #13 The Microwave Effect and the 1% solution

Have you ever got angry with someone only to find out that you were at fault, not them? Well consider this, sometimes your team's problem is you, not them!

One problem I see more and more is what I call 'the microwave effect'. The microwave effect is the result of technology that has got us u…

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> Feeling frustrated by an unmotivated team member? Here's how to overcome the #1 reason for an unmotivated team member.

Have you ever felt frustrated by a team member who doesn't take the initiative, who seems to require a bomb just to get off their bum?

An unmotivated team member can cost your team and your organisation big time. One of the biggest losses can be the drain on YOUR joy, energy and creativity in…

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> Have you ever been astounded by unethical behaviour in the workplace? (Think recent abuse in juvenile detention centres.)

Of course, you wouldn't do what you see others doing, would you? And then you realise you have!

  • You complain about the driver driving while holding their phone, then your phone rings and you pick up yours.
  • You moan about theft and then fudge some of your tax receipts.
  • You get uptight a…

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> Have you ever felt frustrated by a staff member who moves too ...s...l...o...w...?

I have found asking slow workers to rush a key behaviour for just a few focused minutes on a regular basis can speed up their overall work without them feeling overwhelmed.

Research tells us we can trick our brain into changing its perception of speed. Think about when your brain has tricked …

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> Guest Post on Accountability: How Staff Team Members Can Hold Each Other Accountable

The following is a guest post by Mandulis.

When it comes to putting together a solid staff, the team that has a culture of holding team members accountable for the commitments they have made is the team that achieves the most success over the long haul. Once a culture of accountability has been e…

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> Improve your team’s effectiveness: The 7 practices of healthy and highly effective teams

As you need healthy practices to have a healthy body (such as regular quality sleep, healthy nutrition, regular exercise) so your team needs healthy practices to be consistently highly effective.

Over the last twenty years, as the leader of not-for-profit organisations, I have sought to learn h…

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> Improve your team’s effectiveness: Introduction

We live in a microwave society, we expect and indeed get annoyed when we can’t chuck something in the microwave and within a few minutes be eating a delicious healthy meal. We feel frustration rise when we stand in a fast food line and have to wait 30 seconds to be served. We expect and demand sol…

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> Guest Post on Accountability: How staff team members can hold each other accountable

The following is a guest post by Natasha Nixon

Fellowship plays a pivotal role in determining success or failure in every scenario where two or more individuals are involved. If the fellowship is strong, the bond is positive and there is an unflinching, sincere and invested focus of everyone shar…

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> Guest Post on Accountability: How staff team members can hold each other accountable

Following is a guest post by Adam Scott.

When building a team, it’s important that the basis of the team is true teamwork and not one-upping each other. The team has the same end goal and as such should be working as cogs of the same wheel that is leading to the same destination. Once that mental…

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> The 7 practices of healthy and highly effective teams - Peter Watson

As your body needs healthy practices to have a healthy body (such as regular quality sleep, healthy nutrition, regular exercise) so your team needs healthy practices to create a team that consistently creates high levels of effective outcomes.

Over the last twenty years, as the leader of not-for-…

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> Leading Teams to Create and Maintain Effective Teams

Richard Hackman in his book Leading Teams sets out five basic conditions that leaders of companies and other organizations must fulfill in order to create and maintain effective teams:

1: Teams must be real. People have to know who is on the team and who is not. It’s the leader’s job to make th…

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> The 8 most common reasons for underachieving team.

Reason 1: Your team doesn't have an agreed understanding of your teams strengths and weaknesses.
Solution: Complete a team assessment and discuss the results. Check out https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_84.htm

Reason 2: Team members are experiencing interpersonal conflict resulting.

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> Guest Post on Accountability: 5 Tips on How Staff Members Can Hold Each Other Accountable

Following is a guest post by Iris West.

Teamwork and collaboration is the key to great productivity at work. There is nothing more exciting than working with a team that embraces unity. Wonderful things can be achieved easily with such a team since everyone takes responsibility for the sake of th…

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> Guest Post on Accountability: How Staff and Team Members Can Hold Each Other Accountable

Following is a guest post on accountability by Ambit.

It is important for teams to know that holding themselves or anyone accountable can be of best interest for the whole team. Accountability brings forth motivation to team members and if these two attributes are present, the relationship among …

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