8 ways to develop winning teams in a lean organization

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Highly performing and effective teams use a set of values that encourage listening and responding constructively to views expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others.


  • 1. 8 Ways to Develop Winning Teams in Lean Organizations
    Presented by
    Jeff Hajek
    Gotta Go Lean
    Tim McMahon
    A Lean Journey
    Version 4/14/2011

2. Introduction
3. Pick a Winning Team
Here are a couple of things to consider when picking team members:
Balance of "hard" and "soft" skills
Best experience possible
Coverage of the knowledge areas needed
Willingness to join, available
Leadership /Management skills
Maturity to take responsibility
Follows through on commitments
Good listening skills
Willing to actively participate
Can give and take feedback
Can communicate clearly
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4. Dont Treat Everyone Equally
Focus on WIFM?
Equal is not fair.
Tailor leadership style to individuals.
No group punishments.
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5. Great Groups Have Great Leaders
Every great group has a strong and visionary leader.
Not simply an ambition to succeed.
Vision that inspires the team to work as if the fate of civilization rested on their completing their project.
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6. Focus on Behaviors, Not Results
Performance has a random pattern to it.
Rewards and reprimands dont change results short term.
Work on changing behaviors and skills.
7. Effective Meetings Are a Necessity
Create an agenda and stick to it.
Establish a meeting code of conduct.
Everyones idea will be heard.
3 Knock Rule.
Parking Lot for out of scope ideas.
Further Reading: Meeting Codes of Conduct
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8. Get People the Right Skills to Succeed
Performance requires many factors.
Minimum skills to meet basic job requirements.
Enhancement skills lead to exceptional performance.
Skill building requires resources and a plan.
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9. It All Starts and Ends with Communication
It is crucial to be able to communicate openly and honestly about ideas, recommendations and concerns with other team members.
It is just as important to be able to listen attentively and respond objectively with helpful feedback.
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10. Let People Fail
Give people autonomy.
Match skills to risk.
Doesnt apply to negligence.
People learn best in sink or swim situations.
Leaders should act as lifeguards.
Teams should not fear failure.
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11. Conclusion
Pick a Wining Team
Dont Treat Everyone Equally
Great Groups have Great Leaders
Focus on Behaviors, Not Results
Effective Meetings are a Necessity
Get People the Right Skills to Succeed
It All Starts and Ends with Communication
Let People Fail
12. Follow-up Information
Not All Groups are Teams
Meeting Codes of Conduct
10 Tips for Good Listening
Leadership: The Power of Influence

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