5 ways teams work well together in tough times

Over the last 6 months, we have been working with small local businesses in Portsmouth and London, and with big global corporations.   What we are seeing across the board is very long period of intensive stress for people who used to work in offices and who are working from home.

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Ban the Committee and the Workshop! How Language Influences Culture

Committees have been described as “a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled” (Barnett Cocks), and “a group that keeps minutes and loses hours” (Milton Berle).  In my worst experiences of committees, more time is spent on talking through the minutes of the last meeting, listing who is present and absent, arguing about pedantic points of order and scheduling the next meeting, than on any actions or deliverables.  I don’t believe that any productive person would ever willingly start or join a committee.  You can tell by now that I really dislike them.  However, I would consider joining an action group or a project team.

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The Power of a Team Vision

The US team brought 9 sports psychologists to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.  Elite athletes are expected to be in peak physical condition, but they also substantially improve their competitive advantage with psychological training.  Athletes are trained to visualise in great detail what success looks and feels like, achieving a winning combination of mental and physical performance.

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How to handle a toxic team mate

In a long yacht race, a 10-person crew sail together for up to a week, 24/7. Crew members work in shifts, with an intensive three hours on deck followed by three hours of sleep, on repeat until they cross the finish line. These are brutal journeys in cold, dark and often dangerous conditions, and it’s no surprise that the team and their teamwork is pushed to the limit. 

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Supercharge your team now!

Now is the perfect time to Supercharge Your Team – if not now, then when?

As the author of a book on teamwork, you’d think I’d love working in teams, right?  Wrong!  The reason I wrote Supercharged teams is because being in a team is difficult, sometimes even traumatic!  I wanted to give teams the tools to make being in a team easier, better and actually enjoyable.  Why supercharge your team?

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7 ways to create a better normal back in the office

I thought I’d be desperate to get back to the office after lockdown, but when the day came, I felt really nervous.  In the same way that I felt really panicked when we were forced to move the office home, now I didn’t want to go back in!  There are very strange times, and it’s the emotions as much as the logistics that affect us and our teams.

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7 things I learned about writing a business book

What I’ve learned about writing a business book

In summer 2019 I’d reached a bit of a “meh” moment.  I had been working on my second business book proposal for over a year, and just couldn’t get it right. The name was wrong, I was unsure about the audience, and I honestly didn’t know if I had the energy to put into writing against a deadline on top of all my other responsibilities. In a conversation with my coach, I wondered if I should just make my life easier and give up on the project for now. My coach Marie Stopforth asked me 2 really important questions – who would the book help and why I wanted to write it. In that conversation I realised I HAD to write the book, I simply couldn’t NOT do it.

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Let’s take back control of our time!

Even before COVID-19, we were feeling greater time pressure than ever at work. Companies have been increasing their demands for efficiency, smaller teams are doing the work that larger teams used to do, jobs have changed and we are given ever more challenging work to do in a more complicated world. No wonder we are too busy! “Keep up”, “put your head down” and “work harder” are what we tell ourselves, but these are no longer sustainable. Just working harder can lead to burnout, mistakes and stress, which do no good for our work, our teams or our health.

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