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The Power of Environmental Transformation – An Amazing Workshop Experience !

Something remarkable happened during the course of a recent workshop.  It was a “CorporateTheatre” – ‘Leadership through ‘natural’ Teams’ workshop for the senior leadership team of a high profile micro finance company.  We weredoing an exercise which involves intense competition between teams at increasing levels of challenge, constant change requiring instant realignment of roles, stringent discipline and penalties for breach of rules, ratings, and great uncertainty.  The exercise involved several rounds at increasing levels of difficulty and scoring potential, each of which had to be led by a designated leader.  Read More…
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‘Team’ versus ‘Individual’ Accountability

In a recent workshop with an experienced leadership team of a high profile organization, some of the participants had difficulty in understanding the concept of ‘collective’ rather than ‘individual’ accountability.  Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Almost all the exercises in a “CorporateTheatre” workshop elicit very high levels of creative and collaborative performances from the teams.  Some of the exercises are not competitive per se, yet there is the inevitable and underlyingurge in each team to be the best.  Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 22 – Collective Success & Failure

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.)

there is an important difference between individual commitment and accountability versus mutual accountability. Both are needed for any group to become a real team. Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 20 – Trust through Alignment

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.) 

real teams do not emerge unless the individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence, and hard work.

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Of the risks required, the most formidable involve building the trust and interdependence necessary to move from individual accountability to mutual accountability. Read More…

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