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Before teams in companies rose to prominence in the early 90’s, there were departments – a group of people waiting for orders and authorizations from above. The switch to teams was based on a strategy of a fast-moving, quickly executing self-directed group of people able to achieve outcomes without slow-as-molasses hierarchy. Flash forward to today, and ask yourself – how many working groups in organizations are truly teams? If your organization’s teams were ranked nationally against your competitor’s teams, like in the National Football League, would your team be[…]
If you’re on a team, how effective is it and how happy are you? Do you enjoy your team members? Is your team achieving your objectives and teaching you new skills? Will the team you’re a member of support your path to a better future? Management and the workforce all agree: Teams should be more successful, create better job satisfaction, and achieve you and your organization’s objectives more effectively. So why are teams failing us? Here are a few reasons: People are getting lost in[…]
Predictive Leadership by Kirk Dando – Anticipating Problems Instead of Solving Disasters: A Review and Recommendation by Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D. Founder, Delta Associates, Inc. I may be like you in that I’m way past recommending business books. My experience over a lifetime is that being disappointed by books on organization and management is a national/international pastime. That’s why I have so surprised myself by recommending Kirk Dando’s book, Predictive Leadership to our clients, colleagues and friends. Rarely will you hear me say, “You just gotta read this[…]
The Two Key Factors of Teams: The Effectiveness of the Team . . . and the Team’s Window of Opportunity
Building an effective team with your organization comes in two parts, one obvious and other less so.
When my friend Jack Speer asked me to share my thoughts on IT Leadership as an article I immediately agreed. Delta Associates has been such a fantastic partner and resource for me over the last few years and I welcomed the opportunity to give back to them in any way I could. But then it hit me…with the volumes of wisdom that have been written on this subject, what is it that I could contribute that hasn’t been more eloquently stated before, a dozen times[…]
The Amount of time it takes for teams to get product out the door is your most competitive edge and ultimately the indicator of whether you and your team will succeed.
As in the iconic 1972 movie, The Godfather, every team you’ve ever been on begins with a wedding. It’s not just that the bride and groom are getting married–it’s the marriage of everyone on the team. The wine is flowing, the outfits are lovely, there is dancing, speeches and toasts. As a team member, it’s after the wedding reception is over that you have to keep the team relationship alive. There are few human experiences that produce a greater high than working on an effective[…]
“We’ve got to get the new product release out by Q3, but we can’t, because the product team is incompetent and no one will admit it.” “I know this design is horrible, but I can’t say anything because the VP of Marketing will explode.” “The customer will be furious that we can’t deliver this product when promised, but you can’t tell that to Sales or you’re branded a ‘nay-sayer.’ So we’ll just have to lose that customer, I guess.” I must … but I[…]
David Axelrod, hair challenged and rumpled suit, is President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor. He will never be elected President, yet he understands the science of campaigns and is a master counselor. When Obama has a serious issue, he calls past presidents and elected officials, but he relies on Axelrod’s advice.
It’s a classic scene of comedy. Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, asks the hotel clerk, “Does your dog bite?” Clerk: “No.” Clouseau reaches out to pet the dog, who attacks him savagely. Clouseau: “I thought you said your dog does not bite!” Clerk: “That is not my dog!!” It’s funny, because we all see it coming, and yet we don’t. It’s funny, because we’ve all been there a million times: Asking questions to get the information we need[…]