Posts Tagged ‘teamwork’

12 Questions for Building a High Performance Team

jrfuThe power of teamwork was proven in a very dramatic and unexpected way with the result of the Japan and South Africa pool match in the Rugby World Cup this last weekend.

Japan, the underdogs faced the seeming insurmountable odds in taking on the might of South Africa – one of the world’s great rugby sides.

Japan summoned an incredible self-belief  and energy in not backing down from the physicality imposed by their opponents.

There is a great lesson here in teamwork for us in the workplace. Despite any obstacles, how could your team harness its resources to achieve the desired results?

Here are twelve key questions to discuss with your team: (more…)

ETNZ: What we can learn from Dean Barker and his team

ETNZ-2The 34th America’s Cup – what times of great thrill, frustration and deep sense of loss we endured individually and as a nation.

But we also saw what an engaged, high performing team and great leadership looks like.

Here are six lessons on deeper values that we can learn from Dean Barker and his team.

1) Honesty and integrity – with Dean there is no acting, clichéd lines or “talking up” because that is the thing to do. What we get is a rare and refreshing sense of a real person with heart, soul and guts who calls it as he sees it.

A great embodiment of authentic leadership.

It is not surprising that the whole country got behind the team, despite the loss.  Honesty is a prized value appreciated by most.

2) Humility and grace – even when ETNZ were on a roll the first half of the race, Dean Barker showed no sign of arrogance about his team or getting personal about the defenders in any way.

Not only did he stay a true professional and great sportsman-like but he also showed that rare quality of GRACE. (more…)

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