Teams are formed through the organisational pressures, customers’ requirements, technology and the needs of the business, or are they? Individuals join teams in a number of ways; by choice, by default, and by the changing focus of the organisation. Given that, how can we get teams to function effectively with all the differences in personality, role requirements, education, experience, and cultural influences?
It has often been said that people do not quit a job, they quit a boss. A positive relationship between manager and employee is enormously valuable in determining company culture, employee motivation, workplace productivity, and business success.
When it comes to leading a team, managers must be willing to work to gain the confidence and trust of their team members. To ensure a bond of trust is developed, there are a few steps a manager can take. Adopting these 5 habits will improve your management skills and increase the likelihood of successful team building. Before you know it, you’ll be leading a dream team! (more..)
You know the old saying: The ideal meeting is two, with one absent. Many top leaders believe that meetings are simply a waste of time but the truth is that only badly conducted meetings are a time-killer. Badly conducted meetings have no clear objectives or agenda, do not generate new ideas and are not lead effectively. Unfortunately, this likely sounds familiar to most modern workers and managers but it does not need to be. A good meeting can be informative, useful and even fun. They can prompt ideas, inspire decisions and drive progress and implementation. Meetings are an invaluable part of the communications that drive business and create success but in order to be effective, they need some preparation and some rules. Here are 6 ways to run a successful meeting. (more..)
The role and responsibilities of a team leader are as varied as the members of your team themselves. Team leaders can get lost among all of their responsibilities, causing them to lose sight of the team’s greater goal. For Teamwork Tuesday, we break down the 10 main responsibilities of a team leader. (more..)
In most companies, employers expect workers to be able to work with or as part of a team. In fact, strong teamwork skills are a requirement for many roles and the soft skills that make a strong team member will become increasingly important to future-proofing a career. Let’s have a look at the 4 most important teamwork skills. (more..)
Whether promoted internally or hired externally, employees transitioning to management are met with new challenges, new responsibilities, new relationships and, most importantly new skills. Although there is an unmistakable need for quality training, when it comes to developing the soft skills that are crucial for leaders, new managers are some of the most neglected individuals in business (1). Many companies are just not focused on training the individuals who are meant to be leading their teams. Lack of soft skills training means many managers are not set up for success in their roles with 60% of new managers underperforming in their first two years on the job (2). Investing in soft skills training of new managers is not just crucial to the success of these leaders but of their teams and the organisation as a whole.
Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made and here are 6 essential soft skills that new managers should be trained on. (more..)
We have all heard everybody’s favourite teamwork quote: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” However many of us don’t know the conclusion to author and leadership legend John C. Maxwell’s famous saying. The full quote goes “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” This means that the first step to successful teamwork is knowing what doesn’t work. Here are 4 signs you may be working with a bad team. (more..)
‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ and ‘Two heads are better than one’ are two popular quotes about the extremely useful skill that is teamwork. Teamwork fosters creativity, leadership skills and improves innovation and imagination. Let’s look at 6 more quotes about teamwork from famous leaders. (more..)
Teamwork doesn’t always refer to a large group of people working towards accomplishing an organisation’s common goal. Sometimes a team can be as small as two members, a mentor and a mentee, working towards an individual goal. Here are 5 steps to lead your mentee to success. (more..)