You were a management understudy and had a report (or 2) to test your management abilities. Now your manager thinks you are now ready to be a manager and you now have 5 reports. Congratulations! Once celebrations are over, you start thinking: is this going to be any different than before? Do my strategies for … Continue reading New Managers: moving from 1 report to 5 reports effectively
High-performance teams – Do they need leaders?
Recently I attended a training which highlighted some of the differences between team and workgroups. The discussion started with the team definition. The definition used was the one from 'Wisdom of Teams' book: A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach … Continue reading High-performance teams – Do they need leaders?
Joining a team as a team member
In my previous post, I discussed ways in which a leader can be effective as he/she joins a new team. In my opinion, culture plays the most important role in how easy (or difficult) it is for a newcomer to be accepted in a team, and this is more pronounced when you are a new … Continue reading Joining a team as a team member
Joining a new team as a leader
There have been many situations when I have joined a team which has lost its leader. Here are some of the things that have worked for me: 1-1s with each team member: This is extremely useful first step that I have used in many teams with good amount of success. One of the goals I … Continue reading Joining a new team as a leader
Dealing with dysfunctional teams
In my last post, I talked about how you identify a dysfunctional team you are part of. In this post, I want to discuss my experiences at dealing with one such team, and my efforts at changing the team being a member of the team. I had to resort to reading many books and my … Continue reading Dealing with dysfunctional teams
Are you part of a dysfunctional team?
In the last post, I discussed the characteristics of a dysfunctional team, based on what the book talks about as well as based on my own experiences. In this post, I will present some of the lessons learned for me about how to identify the fact that you are part of a dysfunctional team. These … Continue reading Are you part of a dysfunctional team?
Characteristics of dysfunctional teams
[Credit: This post refers to a book by Patrick Lencioni, one of the most influencial books I have read in my life. From Wikipedia: 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a bestselling business book by consultant and speaker Patrick Lencioni. It describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to "row together"'] … Continue reading Characteristics of dysfunctional teams
Characteristics of High-performance Teams
In this post, I would like to discuss about characteristics of high-performance teams as defined in The Wisdom of Teams. For more detailed review of the book that I wrote sometime back, see here: Part-I, Part-II and Part-III. The book defines a team as follows (my formatting) A small number of people with complementary skills … Continue reading Characteristics of High-performance Teams
Series on High-performance and Dysfunctional Teams
I have planned a series of posts on teams. I planned this because of two reasons: I have left the company I was in for 5 ½ years and where I learned so much about teams, and had opportunity to work in great teams as well as rank bad teams, but all of these providing … Continue reading Series on High-performance and Dysfunctional Teams
Trust in Manager-employee relationship
In a previous post Do you think your manager is fair to you?, I proposed that trust is the most important part of the manager-employee relationship and it determines whether manager is considered fair or not by his/her employees. So the question is: how do you create trust in such a relationship? This is pertinent … Continue reading Trust in Manager-employee relationship