Team Leadership Development


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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The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it!

The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it!

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

On the road to Effective Team Collaboration there seems to be two intermediate phases of 'naïve collaboration' which many teams seem to go through - Hyper-Communication and Over-Delegation.

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The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

Team Game Plans are essential when your team is faced with a new and challenging task, such as a business simulation game. To formulate a Game Plan the team must quickly look at their goals and targets and then, based on a shared set of priorities, values, mental models and working practices, come up with a plan for achieving them.

The word 'RAPPORT' is an excellent mnemonic for remembering the 7 key elements of a great Team Game Plan as RAPPORT is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as: 'A close and harmonious relationship in which the groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.'

So to have RAPPORT in your team you need to quickly agree your team's:

ROLES
AGREEMENTS
PROCESSES
PRIORITIES
ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES
RESULTS
TARGETS

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Ken Thompson's New Book on GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL)

Ken Thompson's New Book on GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL)

I am very pleased to announce the release of my new guide book:
A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL) IN ORGANIZATIONAL TEAMS.

My friend Charles Jennings who introduces the book kindly notes in his foreword that 'it provides a deep analysis and clear guidance to help practitioners develop effective social game-based learning solutions'.


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A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)
I am pleased to release a new white paper "A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)". This 15-page executive guide, aimed at leaders and managers in all sizes and types of organisation, proposes and explains a pragmatic and comprehensive framework for the necessary interventions required to successfully introduce High Performing Teams (HPTs) into organisations.


** BREAKING NEWS **

Ken's New Book - A Systematic Guide to High Performing Teams just published on paperback and kindle.

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CAMP: A simple but effective model for building high performing teams

CAMP: A simple but effective model for building high performing teams
I would like to share with you a very simple model I use for helping teams become more High Performing which addresses 4 key aspects of teams - Communications, Alignment, Meetings and Support ("CAMP").

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Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature
What do we mean by "Teamwork"? We often talk about Teamwork as if its a singular thing however in nature there are 4 different types - each of which have a very precise meaning. I call these Solowork, Crowdwork, Groupwork and Teamwork itself. An effective team knows how and when to use each type - an ineffective team only uses one!

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A free Leadership Development Benefits Estimator Tool

"How do you justify investment in a specific people development activity (e.g. Leadership, Change Management, Learning or Behaviour Change), such as a business simulation game, in a straightforward but credible way"? Here is a simple Excel-based tool which will get you started and which you can easily enhance if you need more.


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