Monthly Archives: October 2015

Orchestrate a harmonious team to success

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Teams are essential components of an organisation’s performance. They are formed to achieve a common objective by leveraging the combined skills and expertise of different individuals. When the team is aligned, its individual members are often motivated to exceed all expectations and deliver important benefits to the organisation. A misaligned team on the other hand can result in conflict, mistrust and low performance.

Leaders face even greater challenges today aligning teams that are increasingly located across geographies, come from different cultural backgrounds, and have to juggle conflicting priorities. Their role is essentially like that of an orchestra conductor, orchestrating the performance so that each orchestral section harmonises with the others and produces a cohesive sound. Each section relies on the conductor for guidance on tempo and volume and participation, for the conductor knows how to bring out each instrument to the greatest effect.

As the “conductor” in your organisation, you too need to bring out the best in your team members and keep your teams aligned with your corporate goals.

Know the players
You need to be able to understand your individual team members’ strengths and weaknesses so you can maximise their contribution to results. Understanding their personalities and their drives will go a long way to getting and maintaining their cooperation. Understand too that what motivates one person may not necessarily motivate another. Who is motivated by money, challenges, learning new skills, opportunities for advancement?

Treat your team members as people
Building great teams revolves around creating good relationships. That means treating your team members as people and not just as resources to use.  To influence people to commit to a common goal they need to know how much you care, not just what you know.

Harmonise corporate and individual goals
Understanding what motivates individual members will help you build team harmony. When you can align a given task to an individual’s personal goals, you will have a loyal and highly motivated team member.  Be authentic when obtaining their buy-in to your goal and make sure they win as well as you.


How to deal with egos at work

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We are important. That’s what our ego tells us, and it is right of course. Our ego is our sense of self-esteem and self-importance. It constantly requires us to seek more money, power, possessions, glory and prestige. When an ego is inflated or clashes with colleagues’ in the workplace, that’s when sparks tend to fly. Energy and focus is then spent on the wrong things – putting out the fires rather than the tasks at hand. Ultimately deadlines get missed, objectives are unachieved and the entire functioning of the organisation can be placed in jeopardy. So how do we manage ego in the workplace?

Deflate that ego!
To manage egos among our colleagues and have teams that work, we first have to understand the difference between a healthy and an inflated ego.

The “hamster in a wheel” ego
This person is in a constant state of striving for more power and recognition. They get caught up in the trap of striving and never arriving. As a result, they never feel complete and they crave for more, more, more. They feel the need to be validated by others, to boast, to be recognised, and come across as demanding and self-absorbed.

The “worthy” ego
This person is confident of who they are and what they are worth. Because of this confidence, they simple “do”. They don’t feel the need for validation. However, through their confidence and competence, they attract success and praise naturally. They have a sense of inner peace and satisfying fulfillment.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand which ego fits better in the workplace!

How to have a “worthy” ego
Start to be aware of yourself and your own emotions and how you react to things. Notice when you display negative emotions such as anger, jealousy or depression, and what triggers these emotions. Being aware of this can help you avoid circumstances that will create this reaction in you. The following template will help you with this:
I feel __________ (fill in an emotion) when ____________ (event that happened) because I feel that ______________ (reason that causes your emotion).
Example: I feel angry when my colleague doesn’t follow my instructions because I feel that I am not respected.

Being able to recognise what causes you to display an unhealthy ego will allow you to communicate your feelings well and come to a solution with colleagues. This contributes towards a sense of teamwork and collaboration. Come from a place where you want to share rather than dictate.  Acknowledge team efforts and celebrate wins together. This is a great way to manage multiple egos in the office and allow less egotistical team members to feel validated too.

Can introverts influence? Read this if you’re one

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We often think of influencers as big personalities, extroverts who love lead the charge from the front. However, if you are an introvert, that can seem a task that is stressful at best and downright impossible at worst. But if this is your sole definition of an influencer, you’ll be relieved to learn that you may be wrong!

Influence is not about getting people to see or do things our way. Rather it’s about learning from others and negotiating a shared solution. So don’t try to act like the extrovert when you know you are not, and just be yourself and let your natural quiet strengths shine through. You are more influential than you think.

Here’s what we know about the influential introvert:

You are great thinkers – Because you are analytical and can see things at a deeper level and consider things carefully before you speak, people are likely to respect your opinions more and give more weight to what you say.

You are a great listener – So you can excel at serious, purpose-driven, one-on-one or small group interactions. This is vital for problem solving, working through conflicts and winning people over. Another point for you!

You are more self-aware – This gives you the ability to do the right thing at the right time because you’ve already given yourself the space to clarify mind clutter and come up with the creative ideas. You probably find that people seek you out to make sense of things. How’s that for an influencer?

See how influential you are!