Category Archives: Teams

Examples of small wins that can enhance the skills, mindset, productivity & performance of groups and teams

How one word can change a conversation

How one word can change a conversation
I ran a workshop recently with a group of leaders around innovation. One of my key points was that there are two types of innovation in an organisation. The formal e.g. new product development stage gate process And The informal. These are the spontaneous interactions around the coffee pot for example. The problem is that most leaders overemphasise the former and underemphasise the latter. The reason is this. You can never predict when an idea will emerge. Or who will come up with the ... Read more

Is the time right now for leaderful teams?

Is the time right now for leaderful teams?
I was working at a large media organisation this week and one of the corporate leaders mentioned their plans to move people around and also have younger people buddy up with older managers. This was to share and deepen the organisations collective understanding of technology and social media. I know this is a good idea because I often lean on my teenage daughter for help in these areas. Although I do notice she has a short attention span and becomes increasingly frustrated with my lack of ... Read more

How are you improving your performance today?

How are you improving your performance today?
I was reading a newspaper today and there was a story on Australian swimmer and Olympic Silver medalist James Magnussen. The story highlighted the many small changes he was making to try and achieve a gold medal at the next Olympics. Some of these include: - a change in diet (e.g. more protein) - a shift in coaches - extra gym sessions in his training - taking up Pilates - a new mentor (i.e. Australian head Coach – Alan Thompson) - new mental preparation and  - a new personal ... Read more

For leaders it’s higher performance not just high

For leaders it’s higher performance not just high
I know it is only a few letters. But like many things a small change can make a big difference. Leaders have been obsessed with high performance. There are high performance teams and individuals. There are 2 big problems with this mindset: 1. It sets a natural ceiling on achievement. After high performance what next? Super high performance? 2. The focus is only on these teams or individuals. All the training, coaching, mentoring is given to these small groups of people. Now to be sure they ... Read more

A lovely example of a growth mindset

A lovely example of a growth mindset
“I still believe I can improve my game. I think you have to try to reinvent yourself. Tennis is actually one of those sports where I feel like you can always do better.” Roger Federer. Perhaps these comments explain the genius of sportspeople like Roger Federer. At 33 years of age and 17 majors he still believes that he can improve. This is a lovely example of what psychologist Carol S. Dweck calls a growth mindset. According to Dweck a growth mindset is one where: - everyone ... Read more

How to create a win – win

How to create a win – win
More and more work today is done in groups and teams. This means that anyone who works in an organisation has a growing interdependent relationship with the person next to them. This has many benefits: – team work – sense of belonging – often get more done – reach team goals But it can also mean that the chances of friction or tension can rise. A misplaced comment or sharp rebuke can cause offence in the short term and potential problems in the long term. One way to ... Read more

Want a big idea? start with a small one

Want a big idea? start with a small one
I remember meeting with the CEO of a large international packaged goods brand who spent the entire time imploring his leadership team to come up with a big idea This sounded impressive but when I asked him later in what area he wanted a big idea, he said — it didn’t matter – he just wanted a big idea, any big idea. I also queried how he might recognize a big idea. He answered – we will just know. I have spent a great deal of time in and around marketing departments and ... Read more

How can we make it better?

How can we make it better?
This is a great question for anyone in or working with a team. How can we make it better? The ‘it’ could be an idea, solution, product, process or course of action. I love it because there is a collaborative aspect — ‘we’. And the question suggests a continuous journey rather than a destination i.e. best. It suggests an openness to the possibility that any solution, idea etc could be made better. There is a humility about this question. In my workshops for ... Read more

Here’s a small wins way to recognise a good job

Here’s a small wins way to recognise a good job
I met another consultant today who told me about an amazing, small wins leadership practice she witnessed with one of her clients. The leader in question gives her team members a Chupa Chup with a hand-written note when they have done a great job. I love this. It’s fun. Simple. Personal. Timely and  Specific. It makes the receiver and the giver feel good — a win -win. Most of all – its a small wins approach to leadership. Leadership is more often about the little things ... Read more

What are the 3 key higher performance areas?

What are the 3 key higher performance areas?
The aim of the small wins way is to provide a mechanism for leaders and their teams to drive higher performance. The key word here is higher not high. With higher there is no ceiling. It is a continuous journey of reaching a higher performance level that you are at the moment. Then pausing and stretching to achieve a new level. And so on. Even if this new performance level is an increase by 1%. What I like about this approach is that it is accessible to all leaders and teams. And can ... Read more