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TOOL: Learning from a team’s past to inform its future

As we all try to figure out what a post pandemic workplace needs to look like, change is high on the agenda for most teams. This exercise brings teams together and helps them prepare for change by linking their history and past experiences with future expectations....

Why it might be time for some big conversations.

The pandemic and its associated disruption has thrown everything into the air for a while. Not least, the last 15 months has required all of us, individuals and organisations, to participate in a huge Working From Home experiment. And now, for many parts of the world,...

How to make your team smarter

“Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people”. Steve Jobs We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘greater than the sum of the parts’, right? It’s when the combination of team members outperforms what you’d expect from looking at the...

Tip: One way to beat distraction that worked for me.  

I’ve become a slow writer. It’s really irritating. I’ve worked to develop a writing habit over the last year, so that each day I sit down at my desk and write…something. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had some specific articles to write, all with a hard, but reasonable...

How to improve team performance – so that it lasts.

Disappointingly, we don’t get into great shape from a single visit to the gym. It doesn’t matter how hard we work during that visit. Getting fit requires time, consistent effort and the right focus. And if we want to stay fit for the long term, we’ll need to develop...

TOOL: Fast Answers

A couple of things seem to be happening with teams working remotely for the last year. Individual connections have weakened. A year down the line, the number of employees feeling disconnected from their team is large and growing. And despite best efforts, we’re all...

How to disagree well as a team

The story goes that following a 2018 defeat in a one-day international cricket match against New Zealand, the England coach Trevor Bayliss, urged the team to adopt a more conservative approach in games. Apparently, several senior players including Ben Stokes and the...

How the best teams respond to adversity

Sometimes, in the early stages of working with a team, I’ll ask the team members to list characteristics of the best teams they’ve ever been in. Without fail, somewhere towards the top of those lists are statements like, “We went through tough times”, “We survived a...

TOOL: The Empathy Map

I used this tool with a team a couple of months ago. They were stuck. Their business had been particularly hard hit by Covid and they’d run out of ideas. It was time to think differently. Most great ideas don’t start with a blank page – rather, they’re a reaction to...

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