The transparent leader

The transparent leader

There’s growing expectation for organisations to be transparent in their dealings. Customers are not just buying a product or a service, they are buying the brand, what the company stands for – and they want to be able to see that the company acts in a manner consistent with their core values and promises. And for that reason, transparency in leadership is a key trait for leaders to display. And not just because transparency is expected, but because it’s good, for everyone. Let’s look at teams specifically. Effective teams are those where team members can talk openly and constructively have the information they need know and understand the business they are in and how they contribute to that are involved in discussions and decision All...

Never cancel a one-to-one!

Never cancel a one-to-one!

One of the most important leadership traits is the ability to see the individual members of a team. To listen and take a genuine interest in each person. To understand what they are good at and help them make the most of that. To consider how you can remove obstacles for each person, so they can do a better job. To create the conditions needed for everyone to maximise their contribution to the organisation’s vision and purpose. And in order to do so, there is hardly anything more important than sticking to scheduled one-to-ones and team meetings. What you’re doing is signalling that this is important because they, your team members, are important. Yes, we know it can be easy to cancel because of a busy schedule, some emergency that comes up, but...

Research on team challenges – please share your input

Research on team challenges – please share your input

Team Challenges: What are the main challenges you experience in teams? We are doing some research for our next book on teams. This will be published by Pearson , Financial Times publishing in the autumn of 2015. Please share any challenges you see in teams.   Your input is greatly appreciated Thanks for sharing Mandy and...

Rocking the boat?

Rocking the boat?

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. Jean-Paul Sartre   A good team is a busy team. Not just busy doing anything, but busy doing the right thing. And being clever about it. There’s no point in working all hours – this is usually a bad strategy where you end up with a tired and touchy team, and not a very effective one either. A great team cleverly works on how to do less and achieve more – and it’s also one where people are busy doing things that feel important, relevant and meaningful. An exceptional team wants to be where they are because they know they make a difference and they are able to do more because they are a team, all contributing in their own unique way. And they wouldn’t think of rocking the...

2014 – a great year for writing!

2014 – a great year for writing!

  1. The Team Formula has received 2 awards!     2. We have had a number of articles published Linkedin – Feedback or feedforward –  December 2014 Benefits and Compensation International – Leadership in 2020 – October 2014 HR Review – Team success the German Way – September 2014 HR Review – Overlook culture at your peril – September 2014 Wearethecity.com – Disengaging the Career Autopilot – March 2014 Wearethecity.com – The Valuable Inheritance of Wisdom – February 2014 Wearethecity.com – Why I love New Year’s Day – January 2014   3. We have signed a new publishing contract, with Pearson FT Publishing for a new book on teams. Watch this space – the book will be released in the autumn of 2015! We are looking forward to 2015 – and hope you do to!...

Thoughts on globalization

Thoughts on globalization

Over the next few months we will share some of our thoughts from an article we have written on leadership in 2020  Here’s no 1! Globalization The world is becoming smaller and there is possibility to have global reach and presence. Even small companies that just used to operate locally, may today find clients, suppliers, business partners and even employees/talent located all over the world. This requires new knowledge and skills to deal with cultural differences as well as the practicalities of geographical spread. We will be working with a “pool of talent” in the future where people could be based anywhere in the world. What do you think of working with a “pool of talent” ? And how does that affect teams?   Thanks for reading and commenting Mandy...

Why feedback could be the most important thing you do today

Why feedback could be the most important thing you do today

Read our latest article here – on the subject of feedback!   Thanks for reading, Elisabet and...