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Are you Supporting Your People?

Team Leads have additional responsibility in stewarding the environment that team members are operating in. This includes supporting each team member in being able to show up as their best selves in their roles. The time spent on this will pay back in dividends with better communication, more trust, higher engagement and thus higher outputs. Each time you catch yourself saying “I don’t have time for this” consider the cost of disengaged team members.

One-on-ones don’t have to be long or arduous… but a check-in with everyone on your team is critical to your team’s health.  During times like these, it’s especially important that you are having a quick one-on-one with each team member at least weekly. This quick check-in supports the connection your team feels, lets them know that they are important and provides an opportunity to ask questions.  If you are worried about the time commitment, it can take only 15 minutes. 

The goal...

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Distributed Decision-Making: Building Capacity in your Team

For people in a position of high-impact, where the decisions being made affect a larger scope of the organization, it can be hard to let go of decision-making and delegate.  A simple analogy can help any leader grow capacity in their team by giving more responsibility to others on your team. This increase in responsibility has a ripple effect on the overall team and its members. Increasing responsibility demonstrates trust and increased trust positively impacts engagement. Engagement, as we know, is directly correlated to performance. So the short path is – let people know you trust them and their abilities and they’ll rise to the challenge.

It can be hard to do this of course. What if they make a mistake?

Of course they will. Just like you have. And yet, things can turn out okay even if there is a mistake made. The real question is how do I know which decisions and responsibilities are safe to delegate?

Consider this metaphor “Above the Water Line or Below...

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Why OoOs?

One-on-Ones (OoOs) are a bilaterally beneficial venture. OoOs help you develop professional relationships. It's middle space to reflect, share, learn about each other; become more aligned to take on the opportunities our team has.

As a Team Lead, you know that a OoO is a chance for you to get a better idea of how this person in front of you thinks, what they're curious about, what they are observing, what their hopes and dreams are. Model the behaviour you want to see by giving them a better sense of what you're curious about, what you're observing and your sense of how the team could evolve. Engage with them as a partner, a colleague.

Create space for exploratory conversations that contextualize the short, medium, & long term of the work. Reflect on victories, imagine the future and generate clarity about what next steps may get you there. Identify systemic road blocks and commit to addressing them.

As this meeting is about the professional relationship and unifying...

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Accountability & Distributed Leadership

Accountability can be a frightening word and can sometimes cause some pretty dreadful feelings.

“What if I mess up something important? Will I be held accountable?“

If you fail to deliver an assigned task, then yes, you are accountable for that failure, even if it’s not entirely your fault. But accountability isn’t about only assigning blame after the fact; it’s a matter of owning the intended outcome and the steps taken to get there.

We’re all accountable for things in our lives, in some way or another. So, what are you accountable for?

At minimum, we’re accountable to ourselves: for our well-being, our behavior, and how we respond to the world around us. We’re accountable for how we approach our goals, our failures, and our successes. Add into that mix our families and animal companions, our automobiles, any financial debt we may have, the rule of law, our contributions to society, and to our physical environment. That’s a...

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