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Conflict has the answer

Conflict has the answer

We’ve all been there. A difficult team meeting followed by furtive ‘corridor conversations.’ But not only have we been frustrated by these secret conversations – we will almost certainly have participated in them too. These conversations do far more than vent frustration – because in effect they undermine the very fabric of the team.

For the team to function effectively everything needs to be said in the room as a team. Holding back opinions, concerns and ideas until after the meeting weakens the decisions made, weakens the commitment to them, weakens relationships and weakens the team. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the most effective teams will say what they really think in the meeting room so the team can have a full, clear picture before reaching a conclusion.

However, this takes understanding, an inclination to listen as a team, and most of all the courage to be vulnerable.

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Perfect leaders don't inspire anyone

Perfect leaders don't inspire anyone

Last time I claimed vulnerability was the crowning glory that completes a connection.

Rather than describe it simply as a concept, let me show you what I mean.

I don’t know about you, but as I read books I find myself putting the author on some sort of pedestal. After all they’ve written a book and most people who talk about writing a book do no more than talk. The more books I read the more pedestals I create, and the more pedestals I create the taller they become, until I am left looking up into the lofty heights of authordom feeling woefully inadequate. And as I attempt to write my book all sorts of thoughts run round my head. What am I doing? Who am I to write a book? I’m not a professor. I don’t even have a PhD. What am I thinking?

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The magic ingredient in brilliant team relationships

The magic ingredient in brilliant team relationships

The right seasoning can crown a delicious meal. If we want to crown our ability to connect with others we need to add the magic ingredient.

Vulnerability.

The days of the boss who had all the answers should be wisely left in the last century with Taylor’s Scientific management (see the bad smell of scientific management). He unknowingly put a massive amount of pressure on generations of managers. We have been left with the legacy of “I’m the boss – I’m supposed to have all the answers – it’s my job! If I admit that I don’t have all the answers then surely that makes me weak”

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