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The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

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I have been reading Lord Sacks daily thoughts "Celebrating Life" and was impressed by his piece on "The Prisoners Dilemma". The Dilemma in a nutshell is that 2 prisoners are given the chance to do a deal and betray each other. If you want more background I have written about the dilemma previously and it also features heavily in my new book.

Lord Sacks is the UK's chief Rabbi and highlights one vital aspect of the dilemma which I had not previously paid enough attention to - the fact that the two prisoners are not allowed to speak to each other!


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High Performing Teams Video Course launched by Ken Thompson

High Performing Teams Video Course launched by Ken Thompson

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High Performing Teams and High Performing Virtual Teams are topics very close to the heart of almost every leader irrespective of the size of their organization.

In this new course Ken Thompson blends material from his four books on teams into a modern and totally up-to-date course on how to successfully build and sustain High Performing Teams in today's virtual 24x7 world.



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Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

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Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch. However, if you are put in the position where you, as a leader, simply must get the very best out of a group of your colleagues in very short timescales you can fast-track them towards more effective team-working using 3 simple ingredients:


1. Mechanisms such as competitive business simulation games or other short team challenges.
2. Briefing for the teams on these challenges with specific deadlines and goals but without any instruction about how they are to behave other than that "they are a team".
3. Facilitated team self-analysis sessions at the end of each round or chunk of work in the challenges to let teams review what kind of collaboration they are employing and how they might improve it.


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A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations

A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations

I am delighted to announce my new book "A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations" which is currently available at a special launch price of £5 for the paperback and £0.99 for the kindle version.


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Launch Offer: Get Ken Thompson's 4 Systematic Guides for the price of 1

 Launch Offer: Get Ken Thompson's 4 Systematic Guides for the price of 1

To celebrate the official launch of my Systematic Guides to Management and Leadership, for a very limited period I am discounting each of the 4 books by 75% off their retail price of £15 (or dollar/euro equivalent).


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How to spot an ineffective org. values statement - easy - no conflict!

How to spot an ineffective org. values statement - easy - no conflict!
Organisational Values Statements are very popular these days as a way of lining up the people of the organisation behind a set of values which the organisation wishes to aspire to and be known for. However, in many of these statements the one thing which gives them real power has been left on the cutting room floor - conflict!

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How good is your team? Try the Team Pressure Cooker Exercise!

How good is your team? Try the Team Pressure Cooker Exercise!
Sometimes teams can become quite blind towards some very obvious improvements to their performance. There may be huge elephants in the team room which have somehow become camouflaged. Here is a short team exercise to quickly highlight big improvement opportunities by putting the team into an imaginary pressure cooker.

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How good a team leader are you? Try my Team Leadership Assessment!

How good a team leader are you? Try my Team Leadership Assessment!
As a team leader you have two distinct leadership responsibilities - Managing the Individuals and Managing the Team. Leaders who fixate on managing the individuals tend to have happy teams which unfortunately under-perform in terms of deadlines, quality, customer satisfaction and budgets! Leaders who obsess on managing the team may hit most of these targets but at the expense of team member Alienation, Burnout, Compliance, Disinterest and eventually Exiting (easy to remember - ABCDE!). Great Team Leaders manage both responsibilities. Here is a simple framework with a nice supporting spreadsheet to help you assess and improve your leadership:

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Free questionnaire and software to analyse any team's beliefs versus HPTs

Free questionnaire and software to analyse any team's beliefs versus HPTs
I have written quite a lot about the importance of a team's beliefs on their performance and have published some modest research into the beliefs which differentiate 'high performing' teams from other teams. Until today I have not published the questionnaire which underpinned this research. I am now making this questionnaire available here and also, on request, a free spreadsheet tool to help you 'number crunch' and analyse the results from using the beliefs questionnaire with your own teams.

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Free High Performing Teams Instant Healthcheck Tool Spreadsheet

Free High Performing Teams Instant Healthcheck Tool Spreadsheet

An important free tool which I provide with my new book 'A Systematic Guide to High Performing Teams' is a Team Process Health Check Spreadsheet written in Microsoft Excel. The spreadsheet allows you to rapidly assess each of 16 important team process elements on a scale of 0-3 ranging from 'totally absent' to 'present and effective'.


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