April 13, 2021

Critical Teams: What is Peak Performance?

There is much talk of ‘Peak Performance’. But what exactly does it mean? When managers say they want ‘peak performance’ from their teams, what specifically do they expect to see? Moreover, what do they need to do to make such 'peak performance' possible? These can be difficult questions to answer. 
April 14, 2021

Critical Teams: Why Form Matters as Much as Function

When it comes to teams, form matters every bit as much as function.  Yet, it is a factor that is all too often overlooked. For example most people fail to distinguish between 'groups' and 'teams', expecting both to deliver high levels of performance.  The result is frustration and disappointment.
November 4, 2021

Mapping Stakeholders – Often neglected, but essential to success!

If you are running a department, project or team, there are two things you need to know about your various stakeholders (a) their relative importance and (b) their support for you/your project. Put simply you need to know: -Who are the VIPs? - Who are the FANS? The proactive engagement of stakeholders depends on the answers to these two questions.
May 1, 2022

Project Narrative: What are people saying about your initiative?

Leaders need to be a tuned to and shape what people are saying, especially key stakeholders, customers and those at the front line. After all, there is no point setting out daring plans or doing great work if people don’t know about it.