Jan Terkelsen's Blog (41)

How to Interpret Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

If you’ve been following People Leaders a while, you’ll know we’re all about optimising your team’s performance and effectiveness. We like to explore ways in which we can help you, and we love hearing what leading-edge thinkers have to say. This week (and on the podcast), we’re looking at the work of organisational health expert Patrick Lencioni and…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 10, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

How To Create A Values Based Personal Development Plan

Values are at our very core. They guide our behaviour and what we stand for. But how often do we really focus on them? We recently re-read The Power of Full Engagement (see below for details), and it reconfirmed to us just how important values are. The message we’re sharing today in this post and podcast, is that…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 4, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

4 Types of Performance Conversations for Leaders and Managers

Performance conversations are extremely important in your job as a manager. A fundamental part of your role is giving feedback to improve your team's effectiveness as well as helping each member develop their skills and career. In this post and podcast we're looking at the four broad performance categories: Underperformers, Average to…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on March 28, 2018 at 17:55 — No Comments

How To Take Care Of Your Customers and Stakeholders In Your Planning Process

At the beginning of the year, our clients all share a keen interest in putting their plans into place, identifying objectives and rolling out the strategic plan. One of the key steps in this strategic planning process is a stakeholder analysis. In this post (and this podcast), we're going to step you through a very simple - yet very effective -…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on March 8, 2018 at 9:53 — No Comments

The 10 Key Steps of Team-Based Planning

In our last post and podcast, we introduced you to the idea of team-based planning and its many benefits. To recap, it’s an activity most commonly carried out at the beginning of the year (or whenever a refresh is required), and…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 22, 2018 at 13:11 — No Comments

How To Take Care Of Your Customers and Stakeholders In Your Planning Process

At the beginning of the year, our clients all share a keen interest in putting their plans into place, identifying objectives and rolling out the strategic plan. One of the key steps in this strategic planning process is a stakeholder analysis. In this post (and this podcast), we're going to step you through a very simple - yet very effective -…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 22, 2018 at 12:23 — No Comments

An Introduction to Team-Based Planning

Team-based planning is something we work on with our clients at the beginning and end of the year as a top and tail activity. But what exactly is team-based planning? Who’s involved? And what are the benefits? In this post and this podcast episode we take a look.

What is team-based…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 24, 2018 at 11:44 — No Comments

5 Effective Leadership Practices to Round Out the Year (and to continue next year)

In this post, we want to share with you our 5 favourite leadership practices that we’ve shared or discovered in the past 12 months. These have worked for hundreds of leaders during the past year, including us, especially those who practiced and made them their own. They found ways to incorporate these into their day to day life that were authentic and appropriate for them.

1. Make Your Conversations Count - Have Quality Conversations 

Start by having regular…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 22, 2017 at 9:21 — 1 Comment

The 3 Keys to Executive Presence for People Leaders

‘Executive presence’. We hear the term a lot, particularly in leadership circles. But what exactly is executive presence? And how does one develop it? At People Leaders, we refer to those with executive presence as having an authentic, confident and poised sense of self that makes a positive impression. In this post (and this podcast) we've boiled down the…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 19, 2017 at 16:49 — No Comments

How to Keep Your Team on the Same Page With a Team Charter

Working well in a team can often be the difference between project failure and success. One way to increase team cohesion is to develop a team charter that details how the team will work together to get the best result. This simple yet instrumental document encourages members to discuss and agree on how best to coordinate efforts towards their shared goal. It sets out expectations for behaviour and provides a framework for how the team will operate. To get your new team off on the right…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 13, 2017 at 9:51 — No Comments

How to Create a Team Purpose Statement in Three Steps (and Why)

It’s fair to say that most organisations have a Purpose Statement, Mission Statement or something that determines the company's’ scope of operations and direction. However, though they need just as much clarity and direction (or perhaps more!), it’s rare that individual teams within organisations have their own distinct Purpose Statements. In this post (and this podcast…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 1, 2017 at 13:11 — No Comments

A 4 Step Framework for One-on-One Catch Ups for People Leaders

It’s important for managers to check in on their staff in regular one-on-one catch ups. But without a process or structure, these conversations can be quite transactional. In this post (and this podcast episode), we explain how we help managers pave the way to far more valuable and effective catch ups using four steps and five additional tips.

Step 1 - Follow…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 27, 2017 at 12:18 — No Comments

5 Tips to Effectively Influence ‘Feelers’

Influencing is an important skill for anyone, especially people leaders. In this post, we continue our discussion on Influencing, focusing our attention on how best to address those with the personality style of ‘Feeler’. Let’s be clear again - this isn’t about manipulation. It’s about how delivery of a message is integral to how it’s received. To influence someone with a…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 20, 2017 at 10:11 — No Comments

Influence Through Preparedness and Tangible Takeaways

Today we’re sharing insights about the benefits of preparing tangible takeaways before heading into an exchange with a team member (or a colleague for that matter). We’ve recently come across several situations where we’ve helped leaders prepare for a variety of responses heading into a conversation. Invariably we’ve found that presenting visual materials or specific evidence to back up points or demonstrate intent has successfully influenced outcomes. Here’s how. You can listen to the …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 10, 2017 at 17:38 — No Comments

A Racey Matrix to Help Your Teams to Collaborate Effectively

For teams to work well collaboratively, every member must be crystal clear on roles and responsibilities. The RASCI matrix (pronounced ‘racey’) is a simple ‘quick view’ tool that defines who’s involved at what stage and in what capacity. In this way, it helps managers keep everyone on the same page.

RASCI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Supported, Consulted, Informed. It’s an…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 2, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

This Is Me – How to Help Your Team Know You Better

Understanding how team members operate is the key to high-performance teamwork. But it can take some time (and painful trial and error) before you really know what makes each person tick. Through the work we do with managers and teams, we’ve developed a practical shortcut that helps people get to know each other quickly. It’s a simple and highly effective exercise we call, ‘This is me’. You can …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 23, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

A Simple 5 Step Career Planning Guide for Leaders

There are certain times of the year that people get the impetus to examine their careers and career goals to see if they’re on track. They may be reflecting on what they have accomplished in their current role. They might be asking how the current role or job they have in their organisation fits with who they are. They may also be wondering whether they are fulfilled and on the path that will lead them where they ultimately want to go in both career and…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 16, 2017 at 11:58 — No Comments

5 Tips to Effectively Influence ‘Thinkers’

A big part of any leadership role is knowing how to influence others. Not to manipulate or cajole but to influence so your team can work more cohesively. Because we all see the world differently, not everyone has the same ‘influence buttons’ but the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) gives us clues how to frame an argument based on style or ’preferences.’

We covered preferences in more detail in this post on …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 5, 2017 at 10:19 — No Comments

Meditation – Your Secret Leadership Weapon

Meditation is a subject full of misconceptions and misunderstandings, yet those of us who do it regularly can’t imagine life without it. It’s one of the best kept secrets around but fortunately it’s becoming more and more mainstream.

In fact at the leadership level it’s becoming an essential skill. Mark Bunn, author of …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 3, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

6 Good Coaching Habits For Managers and Leaders

As you move up the leadership chain, your role steadily changes from supervisor to manager to leader. Supervisors are very task oriented and the focus of their work is ensuring that outputs are met in a particular timeframe. Managers and leaders however are more focused on empowering their team members to take responsibility for their own outputs.

In the modern work environment, this requires managers and leaders to be coaches and mentors, usually to their team members but also…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 12, 2017 at 10:31 — No Comments

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