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The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it

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By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

2016 164

The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

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Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game.

2016 164

The Superintelligent Organization: create total competitive advantage?

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I have been studying one of the most highly regarded books on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence), "Superintelligence - paths, dangers, strategies" by Nick Bostrom.

2017 127

Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

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What do we mean by "Teamwork"? We often talk about Teamwork as if its a singular thing however in nature there are 4 different types - each of which have a very precise meaning. I call these Solowork, Crowdwork, Groupwork and Teamwork itself.

2014 200

The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

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Image Source: Chalkdust Magazine. I have been reading Lord Sacks daily thoughts "Celebrating Life" and was impressed by his piece on "The Prisoners Dilemma" which I have written about previously and in my new book.

2017 116

High Performing Teams Video Course launched by Ken Thompson

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High Performing Teams and High Performing Virtual Teams are topics very close to the heart of almost every leader irrespective of the size of their organization.

2017 116

Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

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Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch.

2017 116

Behavioural game design: A Review of popular Gamification Techniques

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Gamification, the use of game play mechanics for non-game applications , is a very topical area with many enterprises exploring how they might use it to generate new levels of engagement with their staff or customers (current and prospective).

2012 242

John Kotters new book: Organisation Biomimicry goes mainstream

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I have just purchased John Kotter''s new book XLR8 ("Accelerate") which as well as reworking his previous excellent thinking on change introduces two concepts which resonate with my work - The Dual Operating System and The Big Opportunity. Lets briefly look at each of them. The Dual Operating System.

2014 181

A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition in Organizations

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I am delighted to announce my new book " A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition in Organizations ". Team Leadership Development

2017 116

How good a team leader are you? Try my Team Leadership Assessment!

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As a team leader you have two distinct leadership responsibilities - Managing the Individuals and Managing the Team. Leaders who fixate on managing the individuals tend to have happy teams which unfortunately under-perform in terms of deadlines, quality, customer satisfaction and budgets!

2016 136

Free questionnaire and software to analyse team's beliefs versus HPTs

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I have written quite a lot about the importance of a team's beliefs on their performance and have published some modest research into the beliefs which differentiate 'high performing' teams from other teams. Until today I have not published the questionnaire which underpinned this research.

New Deloitte Collaboration Study laments meetings & distractions costs

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According to a new Deloitte Australia report, The Collaborative Economy, overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects are costing their economy $5.4 billion per annum.

2014 169

Social design inspired by nature: Positive Impact Magazine

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Excellent article by Positive Impact Magazine which reviews the growing field of Organizational Biomimicry and showcases Bioteams, the Biomimicry Institute and Honeybee Democracy. Nice examples of what we have learned from pigeons, bees, beetles, termites, geese, shrimps and even fungi.

2014 166

High performance leadership/decisions: business game findings

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Over the part few years I have been running in-house business games with a number of major enterprises who form executive teams for a global enterprise for a three year period over a single (intensive) day. So far 15 teams, of different levels of seniority, have fully completed the game.

2013 203

The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

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Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day.

2013 208

Power Posing: The Art and Science of Making Posture Work For You

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of body language and its effects on our social interactions; for example, greeting a date with open arms and a warm expression says that we''re excited for the evening, while a slumped stature and a pout says the opposite.

2013 195

Bioteams: Learning from Nature to improve Project Management

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Fabio Padilla from Brazil has written a very interesting review of Bioteams for his MBA thesis at the Universidade Católica de Brasilia - Universa. Fabio has very kindly allowed me to republish a summary of his conclusions which he has translated from the original Portuguese.

2012 208

Free High Performing Teams Instant Healthcheck Tool

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An important free tool which I provide with my new book ' A Systematic Guide to High Performing Teams ' is a Team Process Health Check Spreadsheet written in Microsoft Excel.

2016 127

Launch Offer: Get Ken Thompson's 4 Systematic Guides for the price of 1

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To celebrate the official launch of my Systematic Guides to Management and Leadership, for a very limited period I am discounting each of the 4 books by 75% off their retail price of £15 (or dollar/euro equivalent). Team Leadership Development

2016 116

Business Continuity Management: The Ideal topic for Business Simulation

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I have invited leading Business Continuity Management (BCM) expert Pierre Wettergren to write a short guest blog on Bioteams.com to introduce this increasingly critical topic.

2013 180

The Huffington Post: Biohacking the Organization

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An excellent article on Bioteams by Doug Kirkpatrick, US Partner at NuFocus Strategic Group concludes: "The power and elegance of bioteaming is indisputable.

2016 116

How nature optimises its teams: small is beautiful but big is powerful

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Nature has a way of automatically right-sizing a group to tackle the job at hand. Just like the Russian Matryoshka Dolls (dolls within dolls), small groups link into bigger ones, which in turn link into still bigger ones.

2013 175

A free Leadership Development Benefits Estimator Tool

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" How do you justify investment a specific people development activity (e.g. Leadership, Change Management, Learning or Behaviour Change), such as a business simulation game , in a straightforward but credible way"?

2014 159

How to spot an ineffective org. values statement - easy - no conflict!

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Organisational Values Statements are very popular these days as a way of lining up the people of the organisation behind a set of values which the organisation wishes to aspire to and be known for.

2016 116

Natures Design Guarantees - Bioteams in The Henry Ford Magazine

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I am delighted to be able to publish a new Bioteams article in the Summer 2014 edition of The Henry Ford Magazine entitled "Teams in Nature". The article summarises the differences between human teams and natures teams in three critical areas: Communications, Leadership and Scalability.

2014 159

CAMP: A simple but effective model for building high performing teams

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I would like to share with you a very simple model I use for helping teams become more High Performing which addresses 4 key aspects of teams - Communications, Alignment, Meetings and Support ("CAMP"). Team Leadership Development

2014 148

How good is your team? Try the Team Pressure Cooker Exercise!

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Sometimes teams can become quite blind towards some very obvious improvements to their performance. There may be huge elephants in the team room which have somehow become camouflaged.

2016 116

C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

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Most approaches to project management concentrate on the tasks which need to be successfully completed to achieve the project goal. Important as this is, it is at most only half of the story of successful project management.

2013 180

Why you should apply Living Systems Theory to Social Network Design

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With the explosion in social software and the recognition that these types of systems need to reach critical mass to survive and prosper it is amazing that so few people are applying the well-established philosophical principles of living systems ( autopoiesis ) to design for sustainability.

2012 196

Consistently resolving 5 Meta Dilemmas marks top performers!

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There are 5 basic dilemma stereotypes which underpin almost all of the operational and strategic issues which challenge leaders today. These are so prevalent and pervasive I call them the META DILEMMAS which apply to the given situation. Team Leadership Development

2012 195

Ken Thompson's New Book on GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL)

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I am very pleased to announce the release of my new guide book: A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL) IN ORGANIZATIONAL TEAMS.

2016 116

Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

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One of the most useful aspects of Microsoft Excel is its ability to quickly slice and dice customer data from live systems to identify important trends and behaviors which can inform strategy.

2012 206

Collaborative thinking: four key roles

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In his unique book "Dialogue and the art of thinking together" William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams. Team Leadership Development

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15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning

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I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element.

2012 192

Behavioural Economics can predict irrational human behaviour

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I have been reading about Behavioural Economics (and Behavioural Finance) through the excellent 8-minute summaries from iminds.com.

2012 178

Four rules for collaborating well in meetings

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A lot of my work involves facilitating large meetings where groups need to collaborate to resolve difficult issues or develop future plans for working together.

2012 197

A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

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I am pleased to release a new white paper " A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) ".

2015 116

Creating Values/Behaviour Questionnaires for Leadership Devel

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A practical framework for change - head, hearts, hands & feet

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The late Stephen Covey always reminded us that "the main thing was to keep the main thing the main thing !" However when you think about "Change Management" you could be excused for thinking its all about detailed road maps and large tomes of procedures and checklists.

2012 178

Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

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The Guardian reports on the growth in "Persona Management Software" which individuals use to engage in web conversations using multiple identities on forums and social sites. The aim is to create the perception of a (fake) upswell in sentiment on a given topic (a practice is known as astroturfing ).

How the way we talk can change the way we work. and think

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I am reading an intriguing book How the way we talk can change the way we work written by two psychologists of adult learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

2012 170

The 5 Myths of business: How they invisibly drive our thinking

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