Leading Through Chaos
Tips for Team Building that Actually Works
Leading Through Chaos
Chaos is a space of complete disorder and confusion. Leaders encounter chaos when things get hectic good or bad. Chaos isn’t necessarily about crisis; it can happen anytime. Chaos often happens when things are moving quickly or there are a lot of things happening all at once.
What is a leader’s role in chaos?
Chaos triggers adrenaline and can keep you and your team from thinking clearly when your limbic brain takes over. Create a vision and direction for others, help them see the other side of the chaos while also focusing your team on creating calm to allow you and your team to think clearly in decision making and executing the work to move forwards.
How to Lead With Empathy
While team building has a history back to the 1920’s, many teams are still trying to figure out the best way to become a high performing team. At its core, a high performing team feels safe and secure with all of the other team members and also feels a sense of clear expectations and accountability within the team. In this article we identify tips to help you create team building that will actually work to create safety, security and accountability needed for high team performance.
The one question that will give you more time and develop your team.
Empathy is the ability to see something from another’s experience and perspective including how they feel. Why is this important as a leader? Empathy is deeply connected to building trust and in Lencioni’s model of the 5 Dysfunctions of a team, trust is the foundation for building highly effective teams and exceptional results.
The unexpected space for innovative and strategic thinking
A coach approach for a leader is very different than a session with a professional coach. While a leader can spend an hour coaching one of their direct reports or even a peer, it’s the non-stop flood of “hey do you have a minute” conversations that are the best opportunity to take a coaching approach, yet it seems not to happen because it’s too hard to fit in yet another task or meeting. I’m hoping to give you a new perspective on how to make it happen and in the end save you more time and develop your team at the same time.
The solution to executive isolation
A client last week asked me if I garden and then proceeded to tell me this is where his best thinking comes to him. It comes as he’s doing the mindless tasks of digging and weeding or mowing the lawn crisscrossing back and forth across the yard. I also once had a client who did his best critical and strategic thinking on long motorcycle rides and another who did his best thinking on solo cross-country skiing days in the mountains. Wait what? Why is that so?
A sounding board can be en effective solution to executive isolation, weight and burden.