LESLIE BENDALY: WINNING REQUIRES A FINE TUNED TEAM ENGINE

Imagine trying to win the Grand Prix with less than a fine tuned engine. And yet that is not unlike what many leaders do every day. In fact, they often try to be the first to the finish line with an engine that sputters. Henry Ford was someone who knew engines and realized that he not only needed to design high performance engines to drive his Model T Fords but that he needed a high performance engine to drive business results. He...

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Essential Leadership Practice: Clarifying Expectations

If morale is low, if there is conflict within the team, if team members are having difficulty communicating, or if you find the team isn’t quite ‘gelling’, it is often because the team has not taken time to explore the behaviours and practices essential to the team’s performance, and just as importantly, the behaviours and practices needed in order to create the right environment for individual team members to...

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Repairing Your Team’s Broken Windows

Broken windows is a theory in criminology that suggests that if you let little things go they become bigger ones. The theory is based on the observation that the existence of broken windows in a neighbourhood frequently is found in association with other signs of general social fragmentation and disorder, such as property neglect, disrepair, abandoned cars, litter, and graffiti. In the absence of a sense of community order and control...

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Teamwork: An Interview with Leslie Bendaly

We caught up with Leslie Bendaly, one of Canada’s most respected thinkers and practitioners in areas of organizational leadership, teamwork and change. Leslie’s books on leadership include Strength in Numbers, Winner Instinct, Organization 2005, Games Teams Play and Leadership on the Run. Kinect President (and daughter) Nicole Bendaly teamed up with Leslie to co-author the latest book, Improving Healthcare Team...

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Looking Ahead to The HRPA Conference with Nicole Bendaly

Nicole Bendaly is a renowned author and President of team performance and development companies Kinect, teamfitnesstool.com and healthcareteamfitnesstool.com. The experienced Toronto-based HR professional has been invited to talk at this month’s HRPA conference.  Nicole will be offering insights into team performance enhancement and the behaviours and practices she has found to be critical to success. We got some time with Nicole to...

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You’re not going to get where you need to go if your team is running on empty

Leaders need to know how to create energy that will fuel their teams. Occasional team celebrations and motivational events provide energy spurts but they don’t have staying power. A leader’s consistent actions are powerful sparks for igniting team energy that lasts. Consider the following energy boosters and check whether you practice them consistently. Click here to access the exercise sheet. About the author: Leslie Bendaly is...

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When Team Skills Don’t Equal Team Performance

The gap between skills and performance is a frequent frustration and worse, a conundrum, for leaders. The team appears to have all of the skills required to excel but doesn’t measure up on key performance metrics. The most frequent performance inhibitor is lack of team synergy. Getting along well together isn’t enough. High performance teamwork requires productive and energetic connectivity, the lack of which not only derails team...

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Smile! Team performance is fun

Recognizing team performance Recognition comes in many forms.  It can be a specific “thank you” for something that has been well done or it can be a leader showing sincere interest in their team members as individuals. Whatever form the recognition takes, the objective is to ensure that your team members feel good about themselves and the contribution they are making.  Only then will there be the energy required for high performance....

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