teams

Leading in crisis / Liderar una crisis

Leading in crisis

Have you ever been part of an extraordinary team? One of those high performing teams, not only in good times but, more important, in complex times. Leading in crisis is a challenge. Managing the pressure once it’s there is very difficult. On the contrary, building the team in times of peace to be ready for …

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Commitment / Compromiso

Commitment

Tomorrow, it will be a year since I started this blog. Maybe because of this, I feel like talking about commitment and how it shapes our relationships. Meeting you here every week is not easy. It requires time and effort. When things go smooth, and I have fewer things on my plate, I can plan, …

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Shared purpose

Shared purpose

September is the back-to-school month (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). Either if you’re a student or you’re a worker, you came back with, maybe, some new school year resolutions. If you recently became a leader, one of those thoughts should be building a shared purpose for your team. A shared purpose drives collaboration, and …

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The four horsemen

The four horsemen

According to Patrick Lencioni, in his book “The five dysfunctions of a team”, the pillar to build a high performing team is trust. Without trust, we cannot go further in enhancing performance and results. In this trust building process, communication is key; therefore, talking about some communication patterns, that can make it difficult, makes sense. …

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All or nothing

All or nothing

One day, a maths teacher wrote the table of 9 on the white board as below: 1 X 9=9 6 X 9=54 2 X 9=18 7 X 9=63 3 X 9=27 8 X 9=72 4 X 9=36 9 X 9=81 5 X 9=45 10 X 9=80 Table of 9 written by the teacher As soon …

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Self-managing teams

Self-organizing teams

Self-organizing teams is a trend now on the world. Companies here and there have realized the power of improving teamwork, collaboration and accountability among their people. But just by empowering the employees, it doesn’t mean we can have a successful self-organizing team. This requires changes on leadership and management, on employees’ mindset, and, therefore, on …

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