June 09, 2020
WISE CHOICES: On Being a Team Leader With Very Little Time

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There are three things I've learned, about Team Leaders, in the past 33 years of working with these organizations.

1. They want their teams to become more high performing
2. The time they have to play their role is limited
3. They have choices about which team building efforts to focus on

Towards that end (assuming you have three minutes), take a look at the many choices you have to increase the long-term effectiveness and well-being of your team. Then pick at least ONE to focus on this week.


-- Listen more deeply to each team member's needs and perspectives
-- Actively observe team members on the job to see how they're doing
-- Notice when team members are doing something well
-- Give more positive feedback soon after your notice a success
-- Notice "room for improvement" moments, then give feedback

-- Facilitate more productive and enjoyable meetings
-- Have more frequent team meetings
-- Help team members frame compelling "How can I?" questions
-- Facilitate more idea generation sessions
-- Establish and reinforce team agreements

-- Help each person understand their roles and responsibilities
-- Create opportunities for your team to share best practices
-- Tell stories that spark insight and inspiration
-- Coach and mentor
-- Clarify your team's processes (i.e. how things get done)

-- Identify your team's key "How can we?" questions
-- Establish and reinforce Standards of Excellence
-- Have more casual, one-on-one conversations
-- Secure more support from Senior Leadership
-- Empower team members to solve their own problems

-- Build more rapport and trust
-- Increase team alignment (i.e. get everyone on the same page)
-- Work with your team to create an inspiring Team Mission Statement
-- Use Teamwork Cards to spark self-awareness and insight

-- Meet with a coach to continue building your team leadership skills
-- Get feedback from your team
-- Start your meetings by acknowledging forward progress made
-- Facilitate debrief sessions (i.e. what your team learned from an experience, mistake, or "failure")

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at June 9, 2020 09:19 PM

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