November 1, 2018

Who laughed and said, ‘what 1:1 meetings?! Wishful thinking..’ I bet there were a few of you and that there were many more who, as a result of that thought, aren’t reading now. Regardless, when it comes to the world of change and growth, we know that humans won't chang...

October 24, 2018

We are constantly looking for ways to improve team performance so it would be inaccurate and unfair to suggest that you hadn’t already tried. But the ongoing fact remains is that they need to continue to lift. The question is how do you come up with different ways to l...

July 3, 2018

Crunch time is when we compress a lot of hard work into a relatively short amount of time. It’s the classic pressure cooker scenario. Every minute counts.
So during a time where business partner engagement and stakeholder management is critical, teams must be having...

June 14, 2018

Let’s face it: crunch times are sink or swim opportunities. People carry crunch time experiences 2 ways: as scars or badges of honour. And this has the ability to define how you are perceived in the business. Are you relevant or irrelevant (and quite frankly, painful)...

May 29, 2018

I recently came across a term I hadn’t heard before, ‘succ-stress-ful’. As someone who loves to play with words, I was intrigued by the thoughts that it provoked. While the article defined it as ‘An existence when you are equally as stressed out as you are successful.’...

April 17, 2018

I believe our reality is full of uncertainty and ambiguity. Crunch times quite often are characterised by their uncertain or ambiguous nature. What will the result be? Will we get the answer we want? What happens if the results are poor? What will they think of me? Wha...

April 10, 2018

Team dysfunction is not OK. Yet I have many conversations with senior leaders who observe that teams around them are ‘a little bit dysfunctional’.

Consider the following impacts of dysfunction in teams:

  • the additional meetings held because decisions/agreements can’...

April 3, 2018

(Steve Smith, March 25, 2018)

What happened last week in South Africa demonstrated the harsh reality of what can happen during crunch times when a team - including its leadership team - doesn’t feel certain it can obtain the ‘right’ outcome (in this case, a win) and t...

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