What Are Your Big Rocks?

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I’ve been talking to a very busy group of leaders this week on the topic of overwhelm.  It’s a big one for many of us so I thought it was worth reminding ourselves of Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks.

Covey tells the story of a man who stood in front of a group of what he describes as ‘high-powered over-achievers’.  He pulls out a large jar and puts it on the table in front of him.  Then he produces about a dozen fist-sized rocks and places them one at a time into the jar. MORE >

Talent, Torture, Trust ….. and Team

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“I’m fortunate to work with a hugely talented senior leadership team.  But despite this we were not communicating effectively or operating in a collaborative way.  Meetings were tortuous, relationships were strained and some historical baggage was undermining our ability to trust.”

When my colleague Lois and I started to work with this Executive team we knew it would be tough.  At one stage we wondered whether we should walk away…..but the chinks of light were there, particularly when we saw that everyone in the team was deeply committed to its common purpose.

So where is this team one year on? MORE >

What are you tolerating?

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Many years ago when I did my first Executive Coach Training (2001, since you ask…..when Executive Coaching was very, very new in the UK) one of the exercises we completed was this:  What are you tolerating?

What are you tolerating in your life, your work, with your family and friends – and what do you want to do about it?  I have to confess it was the first time I’d really asked myself this question and I didn’t like some of the answers. MORE >

Winning Teams are Made not Born

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the last two weeks’ articles on ‘The Family – Team Connection’ (Part 1 and Part 2).  Many of you have been in touch to share your ‘a-ha’ moments!

If you want to know more about teams and how to build a great one, you’ll love our Winning Teams Masterclass on 11th May in Manchester.  Traditional team building doesn’t work most of the time – not in the long run, anyway.

Find out what does on 11th May!

Full details can be found here.

Look forward to seeing you there.

The Family – Team Connection Part 2

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Last week I wrote about how the way we behave in any team or group is quite likely to be shaped by how we learned to act in our first ‘team’ – our family.

I shared my personal experience of how that played out for me and what I had to understand and re-learn’ (and practise, practise, practise!) in order to be able to do what I needed to do in my senior corporate role.

Does this resonate with you?  It does for many of the people I work with. MORE >

The Family – Team Connection

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The type of team we create – and the way we behave in any team or group – is quite likely to be shaped by how we learned to act in our own early lives – our first ‘team’ being our own family.

How I wish I’d known this in my twenties and thirties when I was climbing the corporate ladder in organisational life.  It was only when I did my first Coach Training in 2001 and subsequent Coaching Psychology training – where I got to do some challenging and deep personal development work – that I started to get the links between early family life and corporate life – and how I was replicating learned patterns of behaviour from my childhood in my work.  It was the biggest ‘light bulb moment’ I think I have ever experienced. MORE >