5 Questions Leaders Should Ask About Their Teams

'The team' is a basic and fundamental blueprint for organisational and personal success. As a leader, ask yourself the following 5 questions about your teams:

  1. Do you regularly measure team performance and, as a result, address where and how to take the team to the next level?

    What you don't measure, you can't manage. 'Team performance' means not just 'results', but how team members work with, support, collaborate and coach each other?
  1. Is 'team fit' a critical dimension of the hiring process?

    All (as in all) talent acquisition is strategic. This implies: 1) measuring both the culture you have and the culture you need in the future; and 2) access to the tools/capability needed to assess team fit. The major reason a newly hired leader fails is either: 1) they cannot adapt to the emerging culture; and/or 2) they aren't fully integrated into the team.
  1. Does the team truly reflect diversity?

    Diversity supports innovation. And not just racial, gender and/or socioeconomic differences but representing a blend of cognitive diversity. If the majority of those on the team 'think' and approach problems in the same way, you have stripped the team of a key competitive advantage.
  1. When someone new joins the team is a mentor appointed from within the team?

    If they don't land, they won't stay! Is it recognised that whenever a new team member is added, in many senses, a 'new' team is formed? The implications for remote working and the need, as a result, to revisit 'what is a team?' are no less profound.
  1. Have team members been fully trained to coach each other? Do they?

    How people learn is invariably more important than what they learn. Recognising that as the team leader you work for the team, is 'coaching mastery' how team members describe your commitment to their success?

Insights from (PDF) "Great Organisations Are Built Around Great Teams", Orxestra Inc., © 2021.


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Great Organisations Are Built Around Great Teams
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Leadership, as it must be, is strategic. It's to step back, see the big picture and, to the extent possible, create tomorrow in the room, today. Covid is but one piece of a chaotic and ever changing political, economic, societal, business and interconnected leadership puzzle. At the centre of all of this is 'the team' … a basic and fundamental blueprint for organisational and personal success.

What follows is intended as a practical guide for:

  1. Setting the scene for a virtual team.
  2. A new or established leader who needs to take the team to the next level.
  3. The executive who feels that, as the organisation navigates the turbulent waters of change, the team is losing its impact.
  4. The HR executive, division head or external recruitment specialist (e.g., the executive search consultant) who, in orchestrating team fit, needs to understand the team they are hiring into.
  5. A manager or external resource faced with the challenge of coaching the team.

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CEO Conversations: What Boards Expect

TRANSEARCH India invited a panel of CEOs and board members, to discuss the topic – "CEO Conversations: What Boards Expect". The panellists also debate the importance of agility, culture, succession planning and diversity as key tenets of good governance and purpose-led leadership.

The panellists are:

Anita Belani, Harit Nagpal, Ranjit Gupta, Sriram Khattar, Sunil Gulati and Uday Chawla. The discussion is moderated by Suresh Mahalingam.


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The Way of the Dolphin Webinar by John O. Burdett

In a post COVID world, organisational agility isn't something that is a 'nice to have.' It becomes more imperative as we realise the next Black Swan event might be just around the corner. Agility must be embedded into every aspect of the organisation's culture and must be integral to the organisation's design. It should be evident in the organisation's value proposition and must be evident in every customer touchpoint.

More than anything, agility is a way to think, it's a mindset, and as such, without 'leadership' you still don't have much. The type of leadership required exudes, encompasses, encourages, and expresses agility in everything the leader does. Which leads us to the 'The Way of the Dolphin'.

Leading the webinar is John O. Burdett, who has worked in over 40 countries as an executive and as a consultant for businesses that are household names. He has worked on, and continues to work on, leadership development and organisation culture, for some of the world's largest corporations. John has published 14 best-selling books on leadership, many of which can be downloaded from all the major online bookstores or by contacting your local TRANSEARCH office for a copy.


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Sowing The Seeds Of Innovation

What level of autonomy is allowed within your organisation?

The answer to the critical question "What level of autonomy is allowed within your organisation?" can help global leaders plan for business growth, or a lack thereof, in whatever region of the world they operate, and in any market.

That is because the answer to the question will shed light on whether an enterprise has created the right conditions to spark innovation, or if its culture is so rigid as to put predictability, reliability, process and structure ahead of everything else.

Sure, every business leader wants to be innovative, but unless they allow some of its most skilled people the cultural authority and autonomy to explore, take risks and stare potential missteps in the face, they may never realise or monetise big ideas.

Taking the first step

Whether your team succeeds or is forced back to the drawing board, it must learn from the exercise and apply those lessons - painful as they may be to recall - to get to the next level of insight and innovation. In fact, some would attest that the fall must come before the breakthrough.

Often, the kind of focus required to fan the flames of business innovation is borne of the determination to learn and to question what's possible. The catalyst of innovation, experts agree, is human energy and creativity that's allowed to germinate and multiply inside the walls of an enterprise that recognises innovation is a journey, not a preordained destination.

Only true innovators with an appetite for growth and a stomach for risk can take that first, risky step into the unknown.

Yet with so many global business challenges evolving all around us, can you really afford not to take that step?


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Searching For The Agile And Proven Leader

A special breed of leader

Global corporations are looking for a special breed of leader. Strategic priorities are framing ever more specialised requirements for new executive hires and the selective upgrading of existing management roles. Superior executive talent is increasingly seen as an important lever to calibrate investment in new markets, new products and new innovations.

With existing management teams stretched to capacity, the time has come to reinvest in high performers and to attract the kind of proven leaders who can effectively lead and inspire others while shouldering the pressure of increased performance expectations. Most companies are unwilling to place large bets on untested managers. Many are already searching for richly experienced leaders with a track record of making tough decisions that improve the bottom line.

Global business leaders in today's economic environment generally agree that, at least for the foreseeable future, business decisions will need to be made faster, teams will need to collaborate more effectively than ever, and data needs to inform decisions, not limit them. Today's search for business results is a search for both experience and agility.

Adjust, adapt and change course as and when necessary

Today's business mantra suggests that one thing is certain: leaders will be faced with more volatility, uncertainty, change, and ambiguities than they have faced before. This explains why there is such a large premium on the right mix of leadership experience and specialised know-how. Yet it is agility - the capacity to move quickly and easily through a potential minefield of business challenges - that is mounting in importance when it comes to finding and attracting business leaders who can make an immediate, as well as lasting impact.

The capacity to be open-minded enough to consider the full implications of their decisions and their interactions with colleagues, subordinates and customers is a critical leadership trait. Mental agility requires top leaders to abandon cognitive rigidity and absorb the full panoply of solutions to problems, especially those they have not encountered before.

While businesses around the world charge toward improved performance and results, they must demonstrate a willingness to test prospective new hires' true agility. After all, as the world we've known for so long changes so quickly around us, the very best executives will show they have what it takes to adjust, adapt and change course as and when necessary - and know when to stick to their convictions.


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Productivity And Positivity Are Keys To Reaching Your Goals

Economic challenges and lacking corporate resources are enough to frustrate even the best-laid business plans - and the best global leaders.

Yet that reality is nothing new to executives the world over who've faced difficult challenges - perhaps defining or redefining ones - during the course of the last few years as economic uncertainty and challenging environments have combined to reduce management confidence and investment.

It's time to turn the page

To turn the page requires some level of individual renewal deep within each one of us. It calls us to look to the future for the seeds of opportunity and to purposefully and regularly cast out the doubt that has at times paralysed our decision-making process or clouded our view so much as to render any meaningful strategic planning useless.

Global leaders must seize on every single day to find not only their highest and most rewarding calling, but to manage the demands on their time and focus so they can elevate or maintain their own personal productivity at the highest levels possible.

The alchemy of reaching your business and career goals is the combination of that productivity with a healthy measure of optimism and positivity, no matter what the world might throw at us in the months to come.

Productivity and positivity matter

A positive attitude coupled with an enterprising or promising outlook can endear today's global executive to their teams, colleagues and peers. To be the source of positive expressions about the things we can control might well serve others as much as ourselves. If difficulty is inevitable, it's up to the leader to enlist the support of colleagues and friends and explain why it's a test worth the best of every person around us. We can choose to shrink from it, or rise to it.

To do the latter, we must accept our circumstances and commit to improving them, through a combination of hard work, commitment, support for one another in the work environment, and a positive, uplifting attitude that inspires others.

If we can find new ways to be more productive and face new challenges with optimism and confidence, we may just find the pathway to achieving what's next in our organisations and for our careers.


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Replacing Fear With Fortitude
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As one considers the existence of fear as part of everyday humanity, and the need to overcome it to achieve maximum human and organisational performance, it is striking that so many leaders who have come before us have focused so consistently on fear as an obstacle to success.

Consider the influence of fear on how you behave, how you lead, what you say and how you interact with others. You may just find that fears are holding you back, and if not, all the more time for you to help others acknowledge and address their own fears.

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Bedford/TRANSEARCH Hybrid Workplace Whitepaper 2021
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Remote work is here to stay. Wherever you fall on the Venn diagram of attitudes to the remote office, that much we can agree on.

Whether our instincts are to push back on it, lean into it, or dance around the edges — that cat is out of the bag. Going forward, every organisation will have to contend with at least one singular, intractable market reality — a workforce that knows just how much is achievable and sustainable from one end of a Zoom conference or Slack group.

Executive leaders are going to have to navigate this reality and accept that the right way forward may look like nothing we've ever seen before.

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Holding Firm In The Storm, Aligning For The Future
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Now more than ever before, leadership in any business management function beckons leaders to lead.

These are the times that test the relationships we, as leaders, have built with employees, with peers and business partners. Everything we put into these will now be summoned as people look for trust and support in others in trying times.

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Tomorrow Will Be Different. Will You?

Even without COVID-19, the current and projected level of social and economic disruption dramatically changes, irrevocably, what it means to be successful both as an organisation … AND as an individual.

A more relevant approach to resilience involves pushing to the edge, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, adapting to the new state, reflecting on the experience and developing new ways to behave. It's a dynamic rather than a static process. It's about leading and learning; not absorbing and then acting as before. Resilience means not only weathering the storm … but being strengthened by it.

Tomorrow will be different, will you?


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