The 6 Team Conditions

Models with numbers are often good mnemonics, from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Well, last week I was introduced to Dr Ruth Wageman’s 6 Conditions framework that underpin and drive team effectiveness. Who’s Ruth Wageman?, you ask. She’s an American scholar and professor (Columbia, Harvard et al.), who researches team performance and building capacity for collaborative leadership.

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Coaching leaders for humility, but no quick fixes

In a couple of sessions recently at WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit), attendees were invited to think about coaching leaders out of their arrogance towards greater intellectual humility, as well as the pros and cons of giving advice. In an effort to prevent Zoom fatigue, both presenters used various creative techniques to keep the sessions dynamic and engaging.

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Humble Leadership by Ed & Peter Schein

Back in 2018, the Scheins proposed this leadership model as a way of evolving managerial culture. It was then urgent; now, it is more so. Part of the Humble Leadership Series that includes “Humble Inquiry” and “Humble Consulting”, this book is a timely call-for-action for professionals, especially senior managment, to practise and role model “humble” behaviours, like being curious and asking, listening, and getting more personal and vulnerable.

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Lencioni’s advantage

Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of the consultancy, the Table Group, based in the San Francisco bay area, kicked off the World Business & Executive Coach Summit last week. With his signature dynamic enthusiasm, he summarised and blended his thinking from two of his eleven books, “The Advantage”, about organisational health, and, probably the better known, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

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The new facilitators

At the Amerikahaus second-hand book exchange here in Munich, well before Covid-19, I chanced upon “Managers as Facilitators” by R. Weaver and J. Farrell, described as a “Practical Guide to Getting Work Done in a Changing Workplace” – a great find with some helpful tips for team leaders and managers wanting to build their facilitation skills.

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The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

This short, beautiful book that became a world bestseller may seem to have nothing to do with our current crisis – and yet it has. Yes, this surely is the moment – and maybe Fromm would agree were he alive today – for us to be practising his “art of loving” in whichever form that may take. It may be through care, compassion, altruism or solidarity, and could include our relatives, neighbours, colleagues and ourselves.

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FT Digital Dialogues – Leadership & Resilience

This was just one panel session of the FT Global Boardroom event moderated by Opinion & Analysis Editor, Brooke Masters. She spoke to Jesper Brodin, President and CEO of the Ingka Group (IKEA), who said that short-term resilience for him has been about setting up a taskforce to get back to business, keeping the business going and focusing on safety. Supporting others with kindness has also been important. That’s nice.

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Why Grow Up? by Susan Neiman

Chancing upon this writer online, I discovered this was the same Ms Neiman who was planning to talk about her recent book Learning from the Germans in Munich just before the lockdown. But I thought I’d start with her earlier book, Why Grow Up?, not only because its title relates to my coaching work, but because the subsidiary title intrigued me: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age.

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