This section contains articles and member only tools on strategy at a team level.
Use this section when you want to provide direction for your team, do strategy, or help your team to implement a corporate strategy, a new set of values or any project. Also use this section to choose the right OD intervention for your team.
This section is designed for team leaders, coaches, strategy facilitators, strategists and OD practitioners.
The pink buttons are free articles. The blue buttons are member tools and guides.
The role of a strategic leader
- Characteristics of effective leaders. Strategic leadership. What are the characteristics and habits of effective leaders. What makes them strategic leaders?
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- Organizational development interventions. What type do you need?What type of Organizational Development or change management intervention do you need? How do you choose the right OD intervention for your team?
Develop a strategic plan for your area
- The strategic planning process. What makes strategy fail. Most senior managers involved in strategic planning processes view strategic planning as a nothing more than a big pretence. Which it often is. Filled with great pretenders.
- Strategic planning at divisional level- develop a common focus. Five habits that help or prevent a team from achieving a common direction or focus. For divisional leaders.
- Evaluate strategic planning How to evaluate your strategic planning retreat. It all depends on what your team has achieved by the end of the strategic retreat.
- Strategic development. How to get a team to develop a powerful strategic plan.
This section contains articles and tools on team innovation.
It is designed to help team leaders, managers, innovation champions, coaches and facilitators to help their teams to innovate, think outside the box, or learn in a creative way.
The pink buttons are free articles. The blue buttons are member tools and guides.
Get a team to generate innovative ideas
- Innovation in the workplace. Stimulate innovation in the workplace with a team innovation workshop. An easy way to energize your team, build team spirit, and inject some fun and creativity into your work place.
Innovate! The employee's guide to innovation.A guide for anyone wanting to learn the secrets and tools of innovation.
- Innovation examplesInnovation examples through the ages to stimulate imagination and innovation.
Storytelling in business
- Teamwork stories How to use story telling to improve team effectiveness by Steve Banhegyi.
- An innovation method. Use questions as a tool for innovation and focus. Use questions as a method for innovation. Questions can be used to foster creative enquiry, change paradigms, solve problems and enhance wisdom.
- Storytelling in business. What is your intention? This article on storytelling in business considers how to match stories to the intention of the storyteller. Do you tell stories to persuade, sell, entertain or transform?
This section contains articles and member only tools & guides on leadership at a team level. Topics include leadership, effective management, change management and organizational development.
This section is used by team leaders, managers, project managers, coaches, facilitators, OD consultants and change agents.The pink buttons are free articles. The blue buttons are member tools and guides.
- Teams at work. The type of team you work in can affect your career and your pocket. Why it is important to work in a winning rather than a losing team.
- Team performance dashboard - Measure the effectiveness of your team. Measure the performance of your team with this simple to use dashboard. See how to improve the effectiveness and performance of your team.
- Team dysfunction - diagnostic toolDysfunctional team?If you have a problem in your team, use this diagnostic tool to help you find the right solution.
Team leader skills
- Lead yourself first. Lead yourself before you lead others. How to use vision & values to lead yourself.
- Team leader skills - Managing Morale Managing morale is a key leadership skill because it determines whether or not a team has the energy, confidence and commitment to perform at their best.
- Inspiration at work. Team. How to inspire and motivate your team at work. Five practical EQ & SQ tips for inspiring others.
- Delegating effectively. Successful delegation. Nine principles to follow to delegate successfully. By Randal Godden.
- Effective leadership. How to end the year on a positive note. The end of the year is a time to demonstrate symbolic leadership. Your task as a leader is to end the year on a positive note. This article shows you how.
- Authentic leadership The first in a series of articles by Ken Ideus on leadership, communication, values, authenticity and voice.
- A working definition for leadership. The second in a series of articles by Ken Ideus on authentic leadership. It provides a simple yet enlightening view of what it takes to lead.
- What is communication? The third in a series of articles by Ken Ideus on authentic leadership. It provides a fresh way of looking at the purpose of communication and the steps in the communication process.
- Barriers to communication The fourth in a series of articles by Ken Ideus on authentic leadership. It shows where communication goes wrong, and what you can do as a sender or a receiver to overcome the most common barriers to communication.
- Values made simple The fifth in the series of articles on authentic leadership. Personal and organizational values made simple. How values guide our decisions, and how they change as we mature or our context changes.
- In search of authenticy The sixth in the series of articles on authentic leadership, Ken explains simply what authenticity is and isn't, and how authenticity leaves others with a memorable experience of what we stand for.
- The role of emotion The seventh article in the authentic leadership series. Here Ken explains the connection between thinking and emotion and how our emotional guidance system powers our decisions.
- The leaders' voice The 8th article in the authentic leadership series. Here Ken explains what a voice is, how to find your own voice, and how to use your voice to lead authentically.
- Transformation and the development journey.Transformation as part of personal growth and the journey of leadership development. By Ken Ideus.
- The leader's will The will behind the voice of the authentic leader.
- Be the message How authentic leaders communciate change by becoming the message.
- Managing change in the workplace. Write your own story. Managing change in the workplace is like writing a story. You, as author can choose whether you want to create a horror story or an inspirational tale of achievement.
- Why people resist change 10 reasons why people resist change
- OD Intervention: Lead change in teamsAn OD intervention to lead a team through the emotions asssociated with change. A change cycle activity.
- Change champion What change champions do. A tribute to change champions and change agents who have changed our lives.
- Questions to ask a project manager before you prepare a change management strategy The first step in developing a change management strategy for a project, is to get a comprehensive briefing from the project manager. Use these questions during your briefing session.
- Roles played in an organizational restructure. How a restructure differs from other leadership interventions. The role of a leader vs support functions like HR, change or OD in handling a restructure effectively.
- Restructuring organizations: Leadership after an organizational restructure Restructuring organizations is often an easy decision. But what problems do leaders face after a organizational restructure?
- How to rebuild morale after an organizational restructure. A series of organizational development interventions to rebuild trust, focus, morale and commitment after an organizational restructure.
- The role of a change agent during an organizational restructuring. The role that you as a change agent can play during an organizational restructure. An organizational restructure is like a hurricane, that knocks down everyone in its path.
Organizational Development Interventions
- OD Interventions library Use this library of OD interventions when you need to find quick, practical activities you can use with a team - at a meeting, conference or workshop.
- Organizational Development Credibility. How to enhance the credibility of Organizational Development amongst operational leaders in your organization. For OD and HR practioners.
- OD Intervention: Build trust in a team. Use this practical OD intervention to build trust quickly in new teams.
- OD Intervention: Build a team based on strengths.A strengths-based OD intervention to build a team filled with positive energy and mutual respect.
- OD Intervention: Create a team identity or brand.Use this energizing OD intervention to build a team by creating a team identity or brand.
- OD Intervention: Create a set of team rules & behaviors.An OD intervention to create a set of team rules & behaviors or code of conduct.
- OD Intervention: Stakeholder values & promise.This OD intervention helps a team to ensure that their organizational or team values are aligned to the values of their stakeholders. They also develop a stakeholder promise.
- OD Intervention: Rebuild morale after a restructure.An OD intervention that allows a group to share its feelings easily. A first step to rebuilding trust after a restructure.
- OD Intervention: Build confidence in handling change.An OD intervention to build the confidence of your team in handling change. Use this to rebuild morale after a restructure, or to prepare a team for any change.
- OD Intervention: Use the hero's journey to deal with fear of change.An OD intervention to inspire people to deal with their fear of change. Excite people to want to undertake a journey of learning and discovery rather than resist a change.
- OD Intervention: Moving on after a restructure.An OD intervention to help a group who are resentful about what happened during a restructuring process to let go of their anger and move on.
- OD Intervention: Cascading role clarification. A role clarification intervention to get everyone aligned to a new strategy, structure or change in a way that provides everyone with a clear focus.
- OD Intervention: Share expectations after a restructure. An OD intervention to help a leader and his/her team to clarify expectations after a restructure.
- OD Intervention: Existing vs new culture. Get a team to understand the need for culture change. A right brain activity to help a group describe their existing culture, and compare it to their desired new culture.
- OD Intervention: Understand a customer culture A first step towards developing a customer-centric culture. Use this OD intervention to explain how a customer-centric organization differs from a product-centric organization.
- OD Intervention: Creative vision activity. A right brain activity to help a group to focus on what they would be doing in the future - if they had achieved their strategy, goal, project or desired culture.
- OD Intervention: Develop opportunities from trends An intervention that uses strategic trends to stimulate creative thinking about opportunities. Ideal for strategy, business development and innovation.
- OD Intervention: Creative scenario activity A creative activity to help a group to develop a scenario of the future external environment.
- OD Intervention: Clarify team roles & responsibilities. An OD intervention to help a team to clarify its roles and responsibilities after an organizational change or restructuring.
- OD Intervention: Share personal values to build a team. An OD team building intervention to help team members to understand how to behave towards one another, in order to get the best out of each other. Share personal values in a safe way.
- OD Intervention: Identify personal values in a workshop An OD intervention that helps individuals to identify their personal values in a 1 hour session, in a workshop environment. It also provides a way for individuals to share their values with their team.
- OD Interventions case study: An employee morale problem A case study describing an OD intervention used to solve an employee morale problem. A one-day workshop design.
- OD Interventions case study: Diversity management and conflict resolution. A case study describing an OD intervention used to solve conflict, deal with diversity issues, build teams, deal with stress and build resilience in a change process that threatened careers.
- Strategy implementation case study. A strategy implementation case study of an intervention designed to help a frustrated CEO. It describes a workshop for his executive and management team.
Diagnostic tools & solutions for organizational development
- Poor morale in the workplace - diagnostic toolA tool to help you diagnose poor morale in a team or organization. Based on a complex decision tree, this powerful coaching tool provides a quick way to diagnose your morale problem plus 40+ practical solutions.
- The basics of project management - Project management 101. The basics of project management by Anton van den Berg. What is a project? What do you need to know about projects? What a project manager does.
- Project management essentials. The essentials you need to deliver a project successfully. By Anton van den Berg. The 6 questions you need to answer, the choice you need to make, and what you need to document for your project.
- Project management standards & phases - Project management 102. Project management standards, approaches and the 5 phases of a project. By Anton van den Berg.
- The power of a work breakdown structure (WBS) A practical explanation of a project work breakdown structure, its benefits, and how to do a work breakdown structure. By Anton van den Berg.
- How to develop an action plan. What is an action plan. How to develop an action plan. By Anton van den Berg.
- Portfolio, Program & Project management The difference between portfolio, program and project management. By Anton van den Berg.
- Implementing a PMO What is a PMO? Why they exist. Rules for running a PMO. By Anton van den Berg.
- Effective project manager - emotional intelligence. How effective project managers use emotional intelligence to help keep their project teams motivated. By Susan Kziezopolksi
Managing project teams
- Project initiation. Identify what could make or break your project. How to use Ken Ideus's MapAhead - a visual coaching tool to help a project team map out the challenges they are likely to face and the support they will need on their route to achieving their project goal.
- MapAhead. A coaching tool for project teams by Ken Ideus.A powerful coaching tool for project teams to use during the project initiation phase. Use it to map out what your team will need to do to achieve their project team goals during your project. Identify what no one ever tells you about - the hidden aspects that make or break a project.
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