Leading Teams

Work collaboratively as a member of a team, ensuring that one’s own contribution maximises the team’s overall performance. Communicate and interact with other team members and represent the team to stakeholders and other teams. Inspire team members to meet or exceed the business objectives. Coach and develop the capabilities of individuals. Value differences in opinion and background of the team members.


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Leading Teams

Team working has become more of an imperative as organisations de-layer. The roles of Supervisor and Middle Manager are becoming increasingly rare and often groups of people need to form themselves into teams, establish decision-making processes and find ways to work together effectively and learn. For the Leaders of Teams, there is the added complication of knowing when to lead from the front, when to act as a coach, a facilitator or a mentor.

If you only have 5 minutes, don’t look any further, look at these soundbites. They are short sharp summaries (typically 2 pages) providing a subject overview/introduction. They may not answer all your questions but you will find them helpful, provocative, stimulating and informative.


Ever find yourself wishing for a shoulder, a sounding board, a source of advice, someone who’ll impart wisdom and insight? The formal organisation might suggest well-being sessions, but that might just be too generic and impersonal, however any one of us can mentor...

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Building Teams

Are you sure you are part of a team? Or are you one of the unfortunate many aiming for ‘team’ but not making it past: club group of like-minded...

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Recruiting new team members

So who should be in your gang? A balanced team, whose members compliment each other, pull together, take ownership and respect and like each other, can produce fast, innovative results. Too often, however, a team is a melting pot of disparate characters,...

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Influencing skills

Today managers are required to spend less time controlling and more time coaxing staff in what they need to do. As empowerment pushes decisions and responsibilities further down the line, the skills required of managers are changing from ‘how to tell and motivate’ to...

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Action learning

It's teamwork Jim, but not as you know it... don’t just sit there – learn something Action learning is an educational process whereby people work and learn together by tackling real issues and reflecting on their actions. Learners acquire knowledge through actual...

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Giving and getting feedback

Until it became part of management speak it was defined as: The return of a fraction of the output signal from an amplifier, microphone, or other device to the input of the same device; sound distortion produced by this. The trouble is that in the world of sound...

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Managing problem team members

For a team to work together harmoniously, all of its members must like and respect each other, carry their own weight and respond to each other’s needs and suggestions. Tensions appear when a team member fails in their duties as a ‘team player’, and swift action...

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Managing Meetings

They say a meeting is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done Recognise yours? Here’s how to improve their (and your) reputation … Method in the Meeting Guidelines for managing the whole meeting process: The...

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Getting creative

The greater shift towards an information-based economy requires a more sophisticated workforce with higher order skills such as creativity, flexibility in thought, the ability to make decisions based upon incomplete information, complex pattern recognition...

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Cognitive Diversity: Thinking Differently?

Say the word ‘diversity’ to many managers and quite reasonably most will talk about of equality of opportunity for women, or ethnic minorities, or any group that is under-represented in the workplace. Only a minority will think that you’re talking about cognitive...

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Learning modules

If you have one or two of hours to invest, you will find the Learning Modules very useful. They include the latest thinking from European Business Schools, writers on Management and other good source material. Most of them are about 25 pages in length.

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Managing meetings
The employment cycle
The interview process
Performance management



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