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Poor Mental Models fail teams before they even start?

Poor Mental Models fail teams before they even start?

One of the most powerful team exercises is to explore team leaders and team members "mental models" of teams, networks and groups. Mental models are the, often invisible, dictators of what actually happens in a team as opposed to what team leaders would like to happen. Here are some practical techniques for uncovering these "icebergs of the mind" before they sink your teams.


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Leading collaborative business networks - 10 rules for success

Leading collaborative business networks - 10 rules for success
When you are leading or facilitating any kind of collaborative business network or venture you need to know that these are very different kinds of team than you encounter inside organisations. These are "bioteams" so-called because each team has a life of its own and the normal team "command and control" simply does not work. To be successful you need to know The Ten Rules for herding cats!

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Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?

Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?
According to Marcus Buckingham in his book The one thing you need to know mediocre leaders think of each of their team members as draughts pieces (interchangeable) but good leaders think of them as chess pieces (unique)...

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Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox

Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox
Is leadership superfluous in a self-managing team? Aren't self-managing teams supposed to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient? Associate Professor Paul Tesluk, writing for INSEAD Knowledge, wants to correct this misconception in a short article with supporting video clip.

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Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted

Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted
When Father Ted finds himself trapped with 7 other priests in Ireland's largest lingerie department he does not panic but appoints himself leader to rescue his colleagues from embarrassment. Enjoy leadership without formal authority in this short video clip (6 mins).

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Leadership or Facilitation: funny video clip from Red Dwarf

Leadership or Facilitation: funny video clip from Red Dwarf
At certain times a team leader needs to facilitate rather than direct. However when a leader acts too much as a facilitator or a facilitator starts to try to lead a team you get problems. Enjoy what happens when the Red Dwarf crew get themselves in a real mess over this point.

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The 3 rings of commitment in any group

The 3 rings of commitment in any group
Managing any team, network or group becomes a whole lot easier if you understand the distinction of the three concentric rings of team member commitment.

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Team Collaboration: Funny Video Icebreaker

Team Collaboration: Funny Video Icebreaker
"For the Birds" from Pixar is a hilarious 3-minute cartoon video which I have used many times as a ice-breaker with teams, networks and groups. It is a great way to make people laugh, relax and quickly open up a really good discussion on some very important team-related issues. Make sure you watch right to the end with the sound on!

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Virtual Enterprise Simulator

Virtual Enterprise Simulator
For a manager, whose only background is traditional monolithic enterprises, being put in charge of a virtual business network or a collaborative supply chain is like a fixed wing pilot trying to fly a helicopter without any training. With the extra degree of freedom and the lack of inherent stability involved there is only going to be one outcome unless that leader spends some time on a network simulator first. Here is a chance to build-up some solid flight training hours before you take-off in the real thing!

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Good collaboration: the critical unspoken question

Good collaboration: the critical unspoken question
When a group reviews how well they are collaborating they usually discuss two questions: Is it working for us? and Is it working for me? I suggest they have missed a third totally crucial question, Does it feel fair?



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