One of the key challenges during my career was how to manage a team successfully, without stress, having active discussions, encourage learning and productivity and making work fun. As a young leader I started out by thinking I had all the responsibility for how the team was functioning. Later I understood it is a team effort to get things moving. Here comes one of my first thoughts about productivity by reducing stress in a team. Continue reading “Reducing the stress level in a team – use this icebreaker exercise!”
I have a vivid and quite painful memory from my early career when I suddenly realized there was not enough time to be the instant remedy to all matters in my team. I had just returned from parental leave and had the opportunity to lead the Microsoft Internet Explorer market expansion in the Nordics. Up until this point I knew tech, sales, marketing, customer needs etc. sufficiently to dive into all aspects of my assignment. But at that time my daughter Matilda had to be picked up at kindergarten every day and there was suddenly a limit to all the hours I could put in. I had to start trusting others on a new level – and thus learning to lead instead of being the operator myself. Continue reading “Going from an operator to a leader – this 6 step team exercise is a good start!”
Some decades ago lots of energy was invested in making business plans. Big corporations even made long-range plans trying to determine likely business outcomes 3 to 5 years into the future.
Today we know that this does not work anymore. The fast-moving and fragmented market with unexpected events occurring ever so often, make detailed plans obsolete in no time. With teams that may be spread across continents and subject to constantly shifting customer demands the urgency to adjust their work instantly is overwhelming. This makes planning a challenge.