From developing a vision to staying focused on short- and long-term goals,
from talking about the tough stuff to having fun whenever possible, these
eight traits help project leaders build high-performance teams. Which ones do
you already do well, and which ones might you work on?
Building a high performance team is a lot of work, especially for the team
leader. But as one manager said, it's a lot more work to not build a high
performance team. Some leaders consistently demonstrate the traits necessary
to make their teams into high performance teams. They can be taken out of one
team, dropped into another and within 18 months, they'll have made the second
team into a high performance team. Whether their old team stays high
performance or not will depend upon the leadership traits of the new team
Develop a Vision
More than anything, team leaders of high per... (more)
So there you are, living in New York City - well actually it is Queens, but
still... You're planning an extended weekend escape from city.
You booked a great vacation in the Caribbean.
Your flight is early next morning. You are in your bedroom packing.
Considering the current restrictions, you are allowed only one piece of
luggage and a small carry on to take onboard.
You have only tonight to decide what to pack. You want to make sure, that
you're packing just what you need.
You remember how you've missed a proper mosquito repellant last year on your
excursion to Alaska. Who would... (more)
In order to create the combination between top-down problem-decisions
(waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project
approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue
Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines:
Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual problem view
We describe in detail, each practical guideline, below.
Simple local rules
This cannot be overstated. Local rules must be easy to follow. Whether these
are rules for: a machine operator, traveling salesperson, a project
coordinator, or you packing your bags.
The local decision r... (more)
The ongoing challenges of creating the magical bond between team members in
small and big endeavors can be elusive. What more, in the last few decades it
has become increasingly challenging, since we have been moving from emphasis
on social skills and communities to technical and managerial skills. As a
result the lore concerning the magic of teams has been lost.
When I'm facilitating workshops for business professionals, project managers
in software development, seminars for finance and IT professionals,
consulting with marketing and supply chain experts, I am surprised to witnes... (more)
When I facilitate leadership workshops, usually before lunch break of the
first day of three, there always appears this question. It emerges from the
table on the farther right corner of the room. They have been quiet until now
at that table, listening attentively but refraining from questions. They
participated during the morning ice breakers, but have receded to the comfort
of the corner. During my occasional strolls, I urge them to comment and
question, and it is partially fruitful. And then - Bang!!! The question is
asked. Almost blurted in a half apologetic tone, the person ... (more)