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Category: Leadership

Cultivating self-organising teams

How we organise our companies and departments will make a big different to the results that we are getting. Self-organising teams are becoming increasingly popular, partly because of Scrum and other agile way of working, because it has proven to be a scalable and effective way to run our business. We are going to look at the five conditions that are needed to cultivate high performing self-organising teams. As a leader or a team coach it is necessary to know these five conditions to help the team achieve great results, increase efficiency and to become more motivated in the process.

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Indirect Leadership

Recently I went to Stockholm to listen to a breakfast seminar held by Mercuri International. The subject for the morning was Indirect Leadership. I thought the subject was especially intriguing because of the ‘indirect’ aspect of it. And once I started to think about it a little bit it hit me that I personally have not really made the distinction between direct and indirect leadership.

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Communicate constructively

Effective leaders know their way of communicating have a great impact on how people feel and on the way people work. Destructive communication leads to lower trust and productivity, people who criticise each other and a place where people will primarily look after themselves. In an environment where people communicate constructively on the other hand, there will be a more open and candid atmosphere with higher trust and respect, where it is much easier to solve sensitive issues and where productivity increases.

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What is leadership?

One of my colleagues recently asked me: Simon, what is leadership to you? It is an important questions that guides my whole approach to leadership. It affects my leadership style and how I approach and think about people.

Before I give my answer I think it is important to differentiate between what leadership is and what we do to do be effective at leading. Much of what I have written about at this blog so far has been in the latter category; what we do to be efficient at leading. They are related to each other in that our behaviours are guided by our motives; what we think leadership is will guide how we lead.

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