I was asked by an organisation to help a newly formed leadership team to perform at their best. The team needed to be up to speed quickly in order to meet project deadlines and they realised that unhelpful behaviours and communication were derailing them.

I carried out interviews with each team member to understand their view of their strengths and weaknesses, and what they thought a high performing team would behave like.

A series of interactive workshops were delivered, showing how the mind works and why we can behave in ways that doesn’t help performance even when we don’t want to. Everyone developed a better understanding of themselves and also how others in the team worked. We talked through real work situations to help them develop practical plans to avoid the emotional pitfalls they had previously been falling into it.

An example was the need to win in team meetings rather than listen to what others had to say. At the end of the programme they reported that they were individually better able to manage themselves at work, made decisions more effectively, were able to give each other constructive feedback and hit their project deadlines.