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Why boundaries are so important in a team situation…

I’ve talked in detail recently about team structure and establishing clear leadership and direction. Boundaries are something I’ve touched upon, if only so anarchy doesn’t rule, but it goes much deeper than that. Boundaries are important for order, of course. Keeping team members clear on parameters makes achieving objectives easier, and the performance and process …

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Why you need to know how YOU work before you can lead a team

Continuing the ‘team’ and leadership theme, I’m focusing today on new (or existing) leaders spotting gaps they may have in their management skills… We’ve all heard the saying that people are ‘born leaders’, but in reality, this simply isn’t true. Leadership is a skill like any other. It happens fairly frequently in corporations: a team …

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How to ensure your teambuilding ‘away day’ is a success; follow my 5 top tips

Last week I brought up the subject of ‘away days’ – the teambuilding initiatives that claim to boost collaboration, morale and company culture for employees, managers or other groups of people. Without the correct foundations, vision or measure of these days, however, they can be wasted exercises, so here are my five top tips for …

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A Team-building Day: does your heart SINK or SING at the thought?

Away days, team-builds – whatever you call them – when contemplating this post, I realised I have a bee in my bonnet about them: specifically, three aspects of their typical features. Perhaps you share the same bugbears? Here are my concerns about what’s inflicted on teams, in the name of ‘team-building’. Firstly, the dreaded mission …

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How to lead a team to success

I explained last week the differences between a group and a team, and used the Tuckman model to demonstrate the stages team members go through to become a cohesive, effective and purposeful unit. But what about the leader?  If you’re the one everyone looks to for direction, how should you tackle, or react to, each …

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Are you part of a TEAM? Or are you one of a GROUP? What’s the difference?

To most, they probably sound the same: a number of people, together at the same time, for the same purpose. However, they are different entities. A group tends to be a more informal gathering of individuals lacking specific roles and a shared vision.  A team, by nature, is more action-orientated. Containing a firm structure – …

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Compare Nelson Mandela and Alan Sugar: humility and inspiration versus charismatic delivery and strong opinions. Who would you consider to be the better leader?

 Though the majority of people reading this would assume Mandela’s model to be perfect for the workplace, it may surprise you that the stereotypical style of leadership – the confident, almost ‘pushy’ approach – is still one favoured by many. Labelled as ‘charismatic’, the talkative, extrovert manager is one likely to be more successful. Is …

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Managers/Executives: Are you confusing your staff with your body language?

Statistics have shown that 50% of what we say to people isn’t communicated through our speech but through our body language. That means, without understanding how your posture, non-verbal gestures, eye contact, etc. influence those you’re speaking to, you’re at risk of them only comprehending you half of the time. What is non-verbal communication?   …

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Are pay rises a thing of the past?

It’s an understatement to say the recession has changed the economic landscape of the country. Whilst most people may think of personal savings, the rising cost of living and cuts in public spending are elements that will take years to dissipate or improve; few would expect their wages to take the same long-term approach. Leading …

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From Sex and the Workplace to….Ex and the Workplace

Last week saw Valentine’s Day arrive, and Cupid’s bow was no doubt in overdrive. Love was in the air and whilst most relationships find a way to keep the fuzzy, heady days of passion alight, for some couples, it’s just a fact of life that they don’t work out quite so well. Last week, I …

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