Episode 71: Team Building Tip - How Cohesive Teams Behave

September 27, 2015

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Today, I have another Team Building Tip for you. (Take a look at my other team building tips: Episode 57Episode 62, and Episode 65 )

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One of my favorite leadership books is Patrick Lencioni's, 

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Toward the end of this amazing book, Mr. Lencioni sums up his ideas by focusing on how a cohesive team behaves.

According to Lencioni, truly cohesive teams do the following:

1. They trust one another.

2. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.

3. They commit to decisions and plans of action.

4. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.

5. They focus on the achievement of collective results.

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I hope that this makes you think about your team.

Does your team follow Lencioni's thoughts about a cohesive team?

For more info about teams, I encourage you check out The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, share it with your team members, and use it to help guide your team to becoming more cohesive.

Enjoy!
Length: 7:46
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Episode 62: Fighting for Who is on Your Team-Team Building Tip #2

July 19, 2015
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Just a few weeks ago, I began a 5 part series of short podcasts that are focused on team building. 
Check out the first team building tip episode here.
Today, I am focused on fighting for who you want on your team.
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As the leader, it is important that you have a say in who gets to be on your team. Too often there are forces at work that would like to fill the openings on your team with their picks.This practices flys in the face of what it takes to build a quality team. The team has to work together to achieve its mission and goals. 

When the leader interviews potential new members, he is looking for the right fit. He is looking for someone who is driven and a self-starter. He is looking for someone who makes things happen.
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The candidate is also interviewing the team leader. The potential team member wants to know if the team and the organization are a good fit, as well. 
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The team is important to the well-being of the organization, therefore it is important to take ownership. This can't happen if others who are outside the team place new members in the group.

Who is on your team is worth fighting for.

Hopefully, this is good food for thought as you get ready to start the new school year.

Length: 6:15
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Episode 57: Team Building Tips with Steve

June 3, 2015

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This month I am introducing a new addition to the Teaching Learning Leading K12 library:

Team Building Tips with Steve.

These episodes will be monthly and run between 5 and 10 minutes.

I will be talking about ways to get your team to be a team.

Each episode will feature a resource that you can use to help you focus on the growth and health of your team.

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On today’s show I ask the question “Is your team a team?”

So is it?

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Here is a list of the resources that I mention:

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell

This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt (A Podcast)

Episode 163 of Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn (A podcast) where the host interviews Michael about Team Building and Leadership

Also, Don’t forget to stop by my blog article called Principals: 5 Things to do Before Next School Year

Additionally, I did a few full podcast episodes about Team Building. Check out Episode 35: The Law of the Inner Circle and Team Building

Episode 31: Trust-The Key to Team Building

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I hope that you enjoy this new segment and will follow the links to the awesome resources that can help you become more team oriented.

Best wishes!

Have fun!

Go Team!

  

Length 6:30

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Episode 48: Dr. Mark Wilson - iPrincipal

March 4, 2015

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Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder of The Educational Leadership Group. You may remember that I interviewed him way back at Episode  8 . He is the Georgia Principal of the Year for 2008 and the National Principal of the Year of 2009!

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Today we are starting a new monthly segment called iPrincipal.

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Check out his TED Talk

He is a teacher, coach, consultant, public speaker and now an author. His book will soon be available but you get a sneak peek into it by joining us for these monthly segments.

Connect with Mark on twitter @ MarkWilsonGA and his website  http://www.markwilsoneducation.com/

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Each segment will start with an “ i ” (next month is Innovate). Mark will talk and share stories about the principalship. He will provide suggestions for the school building leader in addressing the many demands of the position.

This should be an awesome opportunity for professional learning!

Enjoy!

You can also contact Mark at

Mark.wilson.ga@gmail.com or call him at 706-474-2454

Length 17:34

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Episode 46: Building Relationships with Hugh Kight

February 10, 2015

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Hugh Kight is the principal of East Laurens Elementary School in Laurens County, Georgia.

Laurens is Hugh’s home. He grew up here, attended school, and eventually became a teacher and principal here.

Hugh is actually retired but “Un-retired” to be the principal of East Laurens.

Between his amazing energy and contagious smile he is someone who everyone should get to know. Just spend a few minutes with him and whatever troubles you will wilt away as you will see the silver linings, feel the sunshine, and want to smile…because you know that all will be good.

Mr. Kight is always looking for methods to recognize success. He connects with kids and, staff, and the community. He wants to find unique ways of saying … “Good Work! Keep it Up!”

Hence the Falcon Fun Zone!

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A place where the teachers and staff can schedule to send kids who have demonstrated hard work, success, and achievement! A place where the kids earn time to play…(check out the pics of the many games and activities)! What an amazing idea!!!

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By the way, the teachers have also been able to find time to initiate the room! (And the paintings of characters on the walls were created by a staff member!)

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Hugh also has his Coca-Cola Diner…It's not sponsored by the corporation…but it grew out of an idea for having a room to celebrate and connect with others. Hugh is known for his cooking skills…just ask anyone about the chicken dinners!

In this room he often feeds staff, students, families, and community members. The walls have the school’s test scores and other data to show their gains and successes. Feels like you are visiting family…

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Hugh likes to visit garage sales and flea markets…this is what led to his decorations for the room…Check out some of the really cool Coke artifacts!!!

I challenge you to think about the ways that Hugh has created to celebrate, connect, and build relationships and develop your own. It will inspire your kids to do well. It will help your staff feel valued and it will help you connect with the parents and community.

Enjoy!

Length: 37:26

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