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July 2013
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Teams & leaders.

The costs or benefits of teams & leaders.


While a company doesn't have to pay any more for good teams and leaders, it is widely accepted that the cost to an organization of dysfunctional teams and poor leaders can be immense. However, we often don't consider the cost to our own careers of working in a losing team, or the benefits of improving our own leadership ability.

In this newsletter, we begin with an article on why it is important for your own career, to belong to an effective team.

Then, we introduce a new series of articles on authentic leadership by Ken Ideus in which he explains the essence of real leadership in a refreshingly new and inspiring way.

By investing nothing more than a few moments of your time, we hope this newsletter will improve the effectiveness of you and your team. And as a result, will benefit your future career too.

The Change Designs team

New articles:


Teams at work.

Why it is important to belong to a winning team.

Why should you care about the team you work in? For many people, the topic of teams is one of those softer subjects that are taught on leadership programmes. Nice to know, but not really important to the business!

Yet the type of team you work in will affect both your pocket and your career - whether you are a team member or team leader.

This article gives you 10 good reasons why you need to ensure that the team you work in, is successful. It then gives you 10 reasons why working in a losing team can be harmful to you. Then, should you find yourself working in an ineffective team, it suggests actions you can take to improve your team's effectiveness.

Teams at work.

The authentic leadership series by Ken Ideus.

Article 1: Overview of the series.

We are proud to introduce you to Ken Ideus. Ken will be writing a series of articles for us on leadership, communication, values, authenticity and voice.

These articles are based on his popular Leader's Voice training courses which have been presented to senior leadership programmes in business schools and in organizations all over the world.

In this opening article, Ken describes the topics he will cover in the series and how it all fits together into authentic leadership.

Overview of the authentic leadership series.

The authentic leadership series.

Article 2: A working definition for leadership.

What does it truly take to lead? What is leadership all about? If you are weary of boring definitions of leadership and management, or the meaningless theories and jargon that seems to be part of any leadership discussion - then you will enjoy Ken's fresh way of writing about this well worn topic.

Read the article slowly, because although the article is short and punchy, each sentence contains a wealth of wisdom.

We hope you enjoy the first in this series on authentic leadership - leadership in practice rather than in theory.

A working definition of leadership.

New member tools.


Team effectiveness dashboard.

An easy way to measure the effectiveness of your team.

Rate the effectiveness of your team with a team effectiveness dashboard.

The team effectiveness dashboard measures 4 dimensions of team effectiveness:

  1. Leader behavior: How the team leader behaves to his/her team members. The environment the team leader creates for his/her team to operate within.
  2. Team behavior: How individual team members behave towards one another and to their customers. How individual team members contribute to the performance of the team.
  3. Team discipline: The rules and structures that are in place to guide the team. This includes anything that ensures that the team as a whole and each individual team member knows what is expected of them, and how they will be measured.
  4. Team impact: How the team is seen by the rest of the organization and its customers. The impact the team has on its key stakeholders.

If you are a team leader or facilitator, then get the whole team involved in rating each statement. This will stimulate a discussion on how to improve your team.

Team effectiveness dashboard.

Team diagnostic tool.

Diagnose the core problem in your team. Then follow the solution.

If you lead teams, then this is a tool you should pin to your pinboard. At some stage, you will be faced with a dysfunctional team. A team that isn't performing as well as it should. Perhaps there is conflict in the team. Or a team member is not performing. The team could be demotivated or stressed. Your job as a leader is to find the cause of the problem that is preventing your team from operating at its best, and to solve it.

This diagnostic tool will help you to do that - to coach you in the best solution to your particular team problem.

Show me the team dysfunction diagnostic tool.

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