Unhurried Team Building
Everyone wants to be part of a good team, and there are plenty of videos, books and courses that will tell you what a great team does. And there are thousands of well documented “team building activities”.
But building a good team is harder work than that, because it’s easy to talk about good practice and much more challenging to create spaces where we can be honest with each other about the things that aren’t working. This takes time and a willingness sometimes to engage in more challenging conversations. Relationships can’t be grown in a rush.
Effective teams must have an emotional connection. Most of us have more talent for it than we realise
We're not machines, teamwork is expressed in our bodies not just our heads and words
Learning rooted in live issues for participants, not teaching idealised abstractions based on other businesses and industries
Some of the most powerful development happens when we learn from our experiences of each other
Nothing sustains a willingness to grow more than seeing some practical benefits, sooner rather than later
Stories about my work
I share my experience in a series of short videos. Here are a selection and you can see the whole collection here.
getting over ourselves
Reinventing ourselves without deep analysis of our back story
Finding space for strong feelings when working together
alignment and aliveness
Vibrant teams shouldn’t be too rigidly aligned
Some of the issues I work on with teams
Communication skills: listening skilfully, speaking effectively, and conveying trustworthiness and integrity in how you communicate.
Emotional intelligence: developing empathy, managing stress, and building strong relationships with others.
Conflict resolution: resolving disputes, managing difficult conversations, and building consensus among stakeholders.
My experience includes being a tutor on the Oxford Strategic Leadership programme at the Saïd Business School, which draws on the humanities to enrich learning. I’m also on the faculty of the Changemakers Leadership programme at Homerton College, part of Cambridge University.
My book, Unhurried, explores how to create richer connections in an anxious and fast-paced world by finding ways to create the space and time to notice more of what is going on around us and so seeing more elegant solutions to the challenges we face.
Contact me for more information.