Category: Team Building

High-Performing Teams

One of the distinctions between good leaders and so-so leaders is the way in which they build effective teams.

New Research Underscores the Importance of Trust

My book The Leadership Equation explained why trust is so important to building high-performing organizations. It explained how our brain chemistry is hard-wired to look for signals that we trust one another.

Team Operating Principles

These “rules of engagement” or “operating principles” can go a long way toward minimizing team conflicts and helping people build trust.

What Google Learned About the Perfect Team

Do you ever wonder why some teams work well together and others don’t? What’s the secret ingredient – is it the people, their personalities, education, background, gender, or experience? Teams have been studied at length by researchers. According to a recent New York Times article, “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build The Perfect …

Focus and Trust in High-Performing Teams

This tool emphasizes the importance of focus and trust in creating high performing teams. The tool describes four types of teams. Using this tool, leaders can assess their teams and quickly see ways to transform them into high performing teams. Teams that feel directed toward achieving a clear goal are happier and more energized, studies …

The “Southwest Test”

Last week I met with an executive who’d called me in to help her with strategic planning and team building. I noticed right away her lack of eye contact and her brusque manner. What she told me was this: “I want to build a great team” and “I have an open door policy.” What I …

Ubuntu

There’s a concept of community in South Africa that’s called “Ubuntu.” It emphasizes the interdependence of each member of the community. It recognizes a person’s status as a human being, entitled to unconditional respect, dignity, value and acceptance. But it also entails the converse. Each person has a corresponding duty to give respect, dignity, value …

Teams vs. Groups

This tool reminds people about the difference between teams and groups. When a group is mislabeled as a team, people may have unrealistic expectations of each other. On the other hand, if a group aspires to be a team, it is useful to know what behaviors are expected of team members. This tool is best …

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

This tool enables leaders to increase the level of emotional intelligence in the workplace. It shows ways to increase awareness of emotions at both the individual and team level. It also suggests strategies to help regulate emotions. This is invaluable for leaders who want to create teams where there is a healthy balance of emotional …

Team Building Workshop

The CEO of a retail chain wanted his leadership team to learn how to have tough business conversations. Too many issues were being buried, he said. Team members needed to bring their issues to the table and learn how to resolve them. He asked me to design a three-hour team-building workshop. I began the workshop …