Team Building

Five Habits of High-Performing Virtual Teams

What characterizes a highly effective virtual team? We’ve put together the latest research into virtual teams to help you get a fresh, updated look at the Five Habits of High-Performing Teams, along with questions to help you assess how your team is doing. The book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni provides …

Building Focus and Trust in Virtual Teams: What the Research Reveals

Following up on our previous blog, our readers asked us to share more of the research we found into building focus and trust in virtual teams. Let’s start with the research into trust, and why it’s so pivotal. High levels of trust enable teams and team members to feel – and be – productive, energized, …

Building Focus and Trust in Virtual Teams

As teams migrate more of their work to a permanent hybrid state, where people work both virtually and in person, it’s critical to think about what team leaders can do to assure the success of their teams. In this article, we want to zero in on the importance of building focus and trust. Download the …

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 …