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.

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Group non-managerial supervision, a personal perspective

In several professions, we do not ‘look after’ our most valuable, and dare I say expensive, human resource.  Senior leaders under tremendous pressure are left to cope on their own. Some can. Some can but at a great expense to themselves and maybe colleagues they interreact with. Some leave the profession. Is a sink or swim attitude wise or effective for an organisation? So, what can we do?  Find a person to support the senior leader.  In schools, I heard people say speak to the Chair of Governors; in charities the Chair of the Trustees; across many industrial sectors  leaders are recommended to speak to whoever is their line manager; the next person in the chain.  Chair of the Board of Directors.  Really!

This is crazy in my mind.  Would you tell the person above you in the system that you are having difficulty?  They will be placing an advertisement for your job as the door is closing when you leave their room.  Okay, not always but…

Having worked and had knowledge of other occupations I discovered the concept of supervision or clinical supervision.  This I promote  in my professional world as Non-Managerial Individual or Group Supervision.  In this arrangement  you are being supported by someone or group of colleagues who have no managerial responsibility for you except as a fellow professional (and as a human).

This piece has been contributed by Jonathan Block

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Handling conflict

There are many reasons why conflict occurs at work and what boils over into an actual stand up argument may just be a symptom not the cause. Whilst individual differences can be a profound source of friction and discontent – much must be down to poor leadership and management. Approaches to understanding and managing conflict have many dependencies; personal, social, organisational, cultural and national. But there are some universal aspects that underpin these individual differences.

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Trust seems to be fundamental to much that a leader and manager does. Individual to individual or as groups we must understand the concept of trust. Trust also impacts on your personal life; a facet of your personality.

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The Learning Organisation

Learning organisations are… organisations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually...

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Ever find yourself wishing for a shoulder, a sounding board, a source of advice, someone who’ll impart wisdom and insight? Socrates we can’t do, but a mentor we can. What does it take, and is it for you?

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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...

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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...

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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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Managing meetings
The employment cycle
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