Wednesday, March 3

Work Life

Work Life

9 tactics to re-energize your team

I highly recommend this article, summarising Jon Gordon's book 'The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change'. As a manager, team leader or organisational owner he gives 9 tactics on how to keep your team and organisation and the people in it energised. Preventing weariness in the workplace.
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What the greatest Team Leaders do …

I want to show you that a great team is helped to become great by the leadership style of the Team Leader. Leadership 'style' is almost as varied as personality.  However, there are 3 types of leadership traits that are absolutely essential to the success of a team.  If these aren't present 'team' will be dis-functional. 1.  Consultative Leadership - it should be the default behaviour of a team leader to consult with his or her team.  Although decisive in outcome a team leader is not primarily directive in nature.  The level of involvement of the team in idea generation and decision making should grow as time goes on and trust and cohesion is built.  Begin consulting on the 'easy give-aways' before you involve on the tough decisions.  This leader will delegate, involve and consult.
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What the Greatest Teams Have …

The greatest teams have certain things going on that make them great. There is no team without what I call 'A Reason'.  Some call this a vision.  The word vision might seem a little too much for some team functions. But every team must have 'A Reason' for existing.  What is your purpose? There is no team without a 'Team Leader'.  About 15 years ago companies experimented with the concept of what they called 'Self-managed Teams' - it failed!  A team will never work at its maximum ability without a Team Leader - leadership is essential.  A leadership that can adopt a style suitable for any given moment of the day - coaching, directive, consultative, listening and developmental. Of course, needless to say, a Team is not a team without 'Team members'.  It's here where there are some k
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Is there a better way to manage my time?

Last time we spoke about value led leadership. We looked at how knowing our values helps us determine our priorities and make decisions.  It helps us decide to do the right things not just the urgent things. It also helps us know how to prioritise our time. In leadership deciding what we must not do is as important as deciding what we should do.  We need to have a ‘to don’t list’ as well as a ‘to do list’. What does your ‘to don’t list’ have on it? - things that are not building the core purpose of your team or connect group - things that someone else could be doing and find engaging 1. Ask yourself what things can I stop doing today? 2. What things could someone else be doing instead?
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Leading from your values

I have previously spoken about giving away jobs not tasks. This helps people share ownership rather simply feeling like they are helping out. A leader, then, should not simply be running off a list of tasks (although I highly recommend using ‘to-do lists’.) The reason doing this only is a mistake is you never will know whether as a leader you are doing the right tasks. Therefore, determining your values is the only healthy way to determine your activities. When you know what values are important to you and your area of responsibility then you know what tasks, jobs and decisions are of highest priority.  You will also find it easier making those decisions, as decisions will line up with values. As a Church for example hospitality, discipleship, faith and the presence of God are all cor