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21 02, 2017

How to design a team to deliver powerful capabilities

Tue, Feb 21, 2017|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on How to design a team to deliver powerful capabilities

From strategy+business: Does the way your company manages its strategy influence the effectiveness of your teams? And does the way you manage teams affect your strategy? We believe the answer to both questions is yes, and in a new research study under way now, we’re testing that hypothesis.

You can see the evidence in companies with strategic coherence. These are companies with a distinctive identity. The few capabilities that make them unique all fit together, supporting a value proposition that few other companies can match. They choose to go in directions only where their capabilities give them a right to win. Great companies need great capabilities. And inside every company that does things exceptionally well are teams of people working across functional boundaries, year after year, doing things together they couldn’t do alone. · Go to How to design a team to deliver powerful capabilities →

16 12, 2016

Your people’s brains need face time

Fri, Dec 16, 2016|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Your people’s brains need face time

From strategy+business: An interesting phenomenon emerged in an executive education class I regularly teach. Participants from around the U.S., and sometimes the world, come to the Harvard campus for a week, form teams that work on a significant group project remotely for six months, and then return to Harvard for a concluding session where they present what they’ve accomplished. A couple of years back, one of the teams decided to meet in-person about halfway through. They were so enthusiastic about the meeting, and the project they delivered so impressive, that I have related their experience to subsequent cohorts. Now, more and more teams opt for a mid-project, in-person meeting — a day or two of their own time at their own expense. Those projects continue to be among the best. · Go to Your people’s brains need face time →

7 06, 2013

What anonymous feedback will (and won’t) tell you

Fri, Jun 7, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on What anonymous feedback will (and won’t) tell you

From Roger Schwarz: A survey evaluating a team's performance can be a powerful tool for making that team more effective. And the first message that consultants and HR professionals often communicate on these surveys is: "To ensure that the team gets the best data and feels protected, we will make sure responses are confidential." The widespread assumption is that if team members know their answers are confidential, they will respond honestly. But if you ask for confidential feedback, it might create the very results you are trying to avoid. · Go to What anonymous feedback will (and won’t) tell you →

14 03, 2012

The ‘dark side’ of teams, the risks of social comparisons and the transfer of entrepreneurial skills

Wed, Mar 14, 2012|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on The ‘dark side’ of teams, the risks of social comparisons and the transfer of entrepreneurial skills

From Knowledge@Wharton: Does working in teams make people less receptive to outside input? How can social comparisons undermine trust in working relationships? How do the training and technical knowledge entrepreneurs take from previous employers impact the success of their new ventures? Wharton professor Jennifer Mueller and lecturer Julia Minson, and professors Maurice Schweitzer and Evan Rawley, respectively, examine these issues, and what they mean for business, in recent research papers. · Go to The ‘dark side’ of teams, the risks of social comparisons and the transfer of entrepreneurial skills →

20 01, 2012

Eugene Lee: Breathing Together – Leadership lessons from musical ensembles

Fri, Jan 20, 2012|Filed in: Videos|Topics: , , , , , |Comments Off on Eugene Lee: Breathing Together – Leadership lessons from musical ensembles

From TEDxAmericanRiviera: Lee draws business leadership and team management analogies from the world of classical musical ensembles -- specifically orchestra conducting and chamber music. The first 2/3 of the talk draw analogies from the first episode of San Francisco Symphony's Keeping Score -- which gives behind-the-scenes looks at what it takes for Michael Tilson Thomas to prepare Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony.

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