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How To Connect With Individual Team Members

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Books, Teams on April 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Here, from the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader, are some tips on how, as a leader, you can connect with your individual team members:

  • Send cards on their birthdays and anniversary-of-joining dates.
  • Keep yourself updated with what’s happening in their personal lives.
  • Show your support during personal or family crises.
  • Schedule weekly one-on-one phone calls or meetings.
  • Pay attention. When you see an increase, decrease or change in results, get in touch.
  • Schedule monthly whole team meetings.
  • Applaud achievements and address concerns immediately.
  • Be consistent.
  • Make frequent thoughtful, spontaneous gestures.

How To Maximize Your Team’s Results

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Skills, Leading, Team Building, Teams on May 1, 2016 at 5:18 am

High-functioning and effective teams can disagree and still produce excellent products and results. Team members can also disagree and still care about each other. And, they can challenge each other to think differently.

Best-selling leadership book authors Scott J. Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results.

Here are those questions to ask each team member:

  • What are some obstacles affecting this team?
  • What are opportunities we could take advantage of that we have been largely ignoring?
  • Where can you take greater ownership on this team?
  • Where have you let this team down?
  • Compared to other teams with which you are familiar, how are we doing?
  • When was the last time you complimented the team or one of its members?
  • How open are you to giving direct feedback to team members?

How To Build A High-Performing Team

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership, Team Building, Teams on April 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

According to Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese, authors of the book, The Collaboration Imperative, high-performing teams have the following characteristics:

  1. People have solid and deep trust in each other and in the team’s purpose–they feel free to express feelings and ideas.
  2. Everybody is working toward the same goals.
  3. Team members are clear on how to work together and how to accomplish tasks.
  4. Everyone understands both team and individual performance goals and knows what is expected.
  5. Team members actively diffuse tension and friction in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
  6. The team engages in extensive discussion, and everyone gets a chance to contribute–even the introverts.
  7. Disagreement is viewed as a good thing and conflicts are managed.  Criticism is constructive and is oriented toward problem solving and removing obstacles.
  8. The team makes decisions when there is natural agreement–in the cases where agreement is elusive, a decision is made by the team lead or executive sponsor, after which little second-guessing occurs.
  9. Each team member carries his or her own weight and respects the team processes and other members.
  10. The leadership of the team shirts from time to time, as appropriate, to drive results.  No individual members are more important than the team.

How To Build A Powerful Team

In Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Skills, Team Building, Teams on January 5, 2016 at 5:48 am

Take some quality time to read the book by C. Elliott HaverlackUnbunde It, because it explores the issues you face as a leader with a twist that is different from many other leadership books.  Throughout, the book offers suggestions on how to overcome the burden that complexity creates in our lives and businesses.

Most intriguing for me is Haverlack’s straight-forward, unbundled insights on teams.  “The healthiest teams trust each other,” explains the author. “When we trust, we tend to be more transparent and are more likely to share the hurdles we need to leap. And, once trust becomes a competency, accountability comes much more easily.” And, accountability is the key to delivering results.

Haverlack’s eight-point plan for a powerful team is:

  1. Engage a group that shares your core values.
  2. Set aspirational yet achievable goals for the company and every individual.
  3. Create an environment that encourages and rewards trust.
  4. Empower every individual to create and achieve greatness.
  5. Persuade them to stretch.
  6. Love them when they fail.
  7. Create an environment that encourages and reward self-discipline.
  8. Have the courage to exit those from the team who do not fit.

Other particularly useful sections in Unbundle It are the ones on:

  • Tips for excellence in the email world
  • Ground rules for meetings
  • Coaching

How To Create A High-Performance Team

In Building Teams, Teams on December 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Here is some great advice from the authors of the book, Light A Fire Under Your Business, about high-performance teams:

Once you have developed teamwork within a group, synergy is born. But it is the mission that creates motivation, an essential ingredient in high-performance teamwork. High-performance teams must have a common purpose to experience the motivation to achieve shared success.

When team members share a duty to serve a stated mission and respond in like fashion, they create motivation in each other. One of the greatest elements of a well-written mission statement is that every person on your team will use it as the same foundation for decision making. Regardless of his or her specific responsibilities or status on the team or in the organization, everyone is motivated by the same mission but from a different perspective.

Eight Ways To Build A Powerful Team

In Building Teams, Teams on May 7, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Take some quality time to read the book by C. Elliott HaverlackUnbunde It, because it explores the issues you face as a leader with a twist that is different from many other leadership books.  Throughout, the book offers suggestions on how to overcome the burden that complexity creates in our lives and businesses.

Most intriguing for me is Haverlack’s straight-forward, unbundled insights on teams.  “The healthiest teams trust each other,” explains the author. “When we trust, we tend to be more transparent and are more likely to share the hurdles we need to leap. And, once trust becomes a competency, accountability comes much more easily.” And, accountability is the key to delivering results.

Haverlack’s eight-point plan for a powerful team is:

  1. Engage a group that shares your core values.
  2. Set aspirational yet achievable goals for the company and every individual.
  3. Create an environment that encourages and rewards trust.
  4. Empower every individual to create and achieve greatness.
  5. Persuade them to stretch.
  6. Love them when they fail.
  7. Create an environment that encourages and rewards self-discipline.
  8. Have the courage to exit those from the team who do not fit.

Other particularly useful sections in Unbundle It are the ones on:

  • Tips for excellence in the email world
  • Ground rules for meetings
  • Coaching

Another of my favorite parts of the book is what Haverlack titled, The Silence Is Deafening.  He writes, “One of Colin Powell’s leadership principals is, ‘The day soldiers top bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.'”

Haverlack continues to say, “We can apply this same sentiment to business. If your employees stop sharing their thoughts and concerns with you, you are failing to lead. Allowing your people to think you’re incompetent or uncaring is not acceptable.”

Why You Need Veterans And Rookies

In Team Building, Teams, teamwork on April 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

In her book, Rookie Smarts, author Liz Wiseman explains the benefits of having both veteran employees and new employees (rookies) on a team.  The four main benefits are:

  1. The veteran brings clarity and gravitas while the rookie brings energy and determination.
  2. The veteran sees the potential and promise of the novel ideas of the rookie.
  3. The veteran knows how the world works and guides the entrepreneur who wants to change the world.
  4. When the disparate contributions of experience and naivete are appreciated, the combination sparks collective brilliance.

How To Build A Powerful Team

In Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Team Building, Teams on January 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Take some quality time to read the book by C. Elliott HaverlackUnbunde It, because it explores the issues you face as a leader with a twist that is different from many other leadership books.  Throughout, the book offers suggestions on how to overcome the burden that complexity creates in our lives and businesses.

Most intriguing for me is Haverlack’s straight-forward, unbundled insights on teams.  “The healthiest teams trust each other,” explains the author.  “When we trust, we tend to be more transparent and are more likely to share the hurdles we need to leap.  And, once trust becomes a competency, accountability comes much more easily.”  And, accountability is the key to delivering results.

Haverlack’s eight-point plan for a powerful team is:

  1. Engage a group that shares your core values.
  2. Set aspirational yet achievable goals for the company and every individual.
  3. Create an environment that encourages and rewards trust.
  4. Empower every individual to create and achieve greatness.
  5. Persuade them to stretch.
  6. Love them when they fail.
  7. Create an environment that encourages and reward self-discipline.
  8. Have the courage to exit those from the team who do not fit.

Other particularly useful sections in Unbundle It are the ones on:

  • Tips for excellence in the email world
  • Ground rules for meetings
  • Coaching

 

4 Benefits Of Having Veterans And Rookies On A Team

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Team Building, Teams on November 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

In her new book, Rookie Smarts, author Liz Wiseman explains the benefits of having both veteran employees and new employees (rookies) on a team.   The four main benefits are:

  1. The veteran brings clarity and gravitas while the rookie brings energy and determination.
  2. The veteran sees the potential and promise of the novel ideas of the rookie.
  3. The veteran knows how the world works and guides the entrepreneur who wants to change the world.
  4. When the disparate contributions of experience and naivete are appreciated, the combination sparks collective brilliance.

Tips For Leading A Successful Business Operation

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Team Building, Teams on August 13, 2014 at 5:48 am

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk, by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia:

  1. Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.
  2. Remember that regardless of what you say, it is the performance you’re willing to accept that becomes your true standard.
  3. Work as a team to stay abreast of technology advancements.  Have different employees read different trade and professional magazines and blogs.   Ask others to share key learning from workshops, webinars, seminars and conferences they attend.  Make it easy via meetings and or within an Intranet forum/Blog area to share what everyone is learning and hearing.
  4. Ask each member of your group to identify the three most significant obstacles to their performance.  Create a master list and develop strategies to eliminate them.  Then, reward employees for identifying obstacles!
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