A glance of Oxford – an excerpt from The Team Formula

A glance of Oxford – an excerpt from The Team Formula

   “You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius The city of Oxford is dominated by its famous university. It was founded in 1096 and is the second oldest university in the world. Scores of the city’s buildings, including some of the famous colleges, are built from the distinctive Oxfordshire limestone, a creamy pale yellow colour. For decades this place of learning has attracted scholars, artists, writers and visitors. In contrast to the calm majesty of the buildings, the streets are filled with a variety of colourful bikes. They seem to buzz with activity as students and academics dash from place to place. It was, without a doubt, a truly unique place for the team session. * JR was the first to arrive. He was pleased to arrive early as it gave...

Anna’s reflections on teamwork

Anna’s reflections on teamwork

Many teams talk about teamwork, but few take it the whole way, where old territorial walls come down and the generous exchange happens in earnest. Anna, one of the characters in “The Team Formula” reflects on teamwork in this short excerpt from chapter 16. Up until now we haven’t given ourselves time to talk about this. We’ve just been busy, busy, busy, running around as if being busy makes us successful, well it doesn’t. It’s fundamental for us to have these discussions in order for us to be successful. The power for me was in the open discussions we’ve just had, in our sub-groups. I think we need to have them in this whole group too. For the first time, I feel we are more or a team. We are finally coming together on the...

The emotions of a leader

The emotions of a leader

The Team Formula tells the story of a leader and his new team, following a merger. The power of the story is partly down to the fact that you get to hear what the leader is feeling through his journalling of what’s going on. Here’s an excerpt from one of his journal entries early in the book, after he has had his first team meeting. Wow, well that didn’t go very well, in fact not at all the way I expected it to go! What on earth am I doing? I thought I had it all in hand. It just didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Alice said I should write down in this journal how I feel when things don’t go as I expect. I am going to give it a go. I don’t know why everyone got so defensive. I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when that happened. They all...