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Leading Teams: 10 Challenges, 10 Solutions

Leading Teams: Genuine help is here!
They say that leadership is like ski-ing; it can’t be learned from reading a book. However, whilst there are no shortcuts around practice and experience, there is absolutely no doubt that the authors of this book genuinely want to help you learn and progress with a series of easily read steps on classic obstacles.

My sense is that the ideal user of this book is someone who is starting to take on greater leadership responsibility and is self aware enough to know that they can learn from tried and tested experiences of others rather than approach every challenge as a unique, new problem. It also works as a go-to reference when you might feel stuck too with a particular dilemma. I could also see anyone involved with a virtual team really benefitting too. The chapters on ‘Encouraging long term thinking’ and ‘Change’ are particularly good.

This book cannot guarantee you won’t make some mistakes along the way, but it’s proven wisdom and obvious desire to help you, will mean you can approach the privilege of leading people with a strong sense of knowing how great outcomes are within your reach. You and your teams are likely to be smiling more by trusting the positive intent on each page.

A smartly written mine of powerful information
Leading Teams 10 Challenges 10 Solutions is enjoyable to read thanks to a clear structure easy to follow and a mix of powerful practical advices and short stories that we can all relate to. Whether as a leader or a member of a team, everyone can learn from the various scenarios, understand how situations develop and benefit from the authors extensive experience in helping shaping teams.
A must read for any new team leader at the start of their journey and a reference to go back to whenever we want to improve our team performance. I loved Elisabet and Mandy’s first book The Team Formula and absolutely also recommend this one!

This book highlights the importance of cohesiveness within the team in order to drive and sustain success. The difference in this book, is that Mandy & Elisabet don’t just address the effectiveness of the way we use our skills, techniques and resources but also the relational practices. Sometimes this can be side-lined & overlooked. It serves as a reminder of how we work as individuals, and how we work as a team has an impact on the whole organisation and the bottom line.
The book is easy to read, well structured & the solutions are incredibly helpful regardless of your level of experience. The toolkit on how to run a team workshop will be of value to all leaders.
I particularly like the stress on the importance of people working together, pulling together and supporting each other.
The approach of how to turn negative thoughts and feelings into powerful thoughts and feelings is truly impactful.
Overall, very inspiring & a book one that every leader should read.

A brilliant book full of practical examples – I love the layout which can be read cover to cover or works really well for dipping in when you need ideas and support around a specific problem or scenario. I highly recommend this to both new and experienced Leaders – the best book I have read on Leadership and employee engagement.

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The Team Formula

A management book and a story
The Team Formula is a most unusual management book; it aims to lead the reader to understand how to create an effective team; by telling a story. It treads a delicate line between its self-imposed task of coach and the need for a story compelling enough to keep the reader turning pages. It succeeds. The story is set just after a corporate merger. A manager, thrust into the role of team leader of a group of disparate individuals struggles to form them into a team. The book takes us through that struggle, observed through the eyes of the group’s members. It examines their emotional reactions to each other and to their new leader. Through this peek into their different worlds the readers’ imaginations are sparked and the book fulfils its aim of being a coach; by posing questions that the readers can answer for themselves. The story is strong enough, but told succinctly enough, that it is a short and easy read. I enjoyed it and will refer back to it.

Read it straight off in one easy read that
Books with the word formula in the title remind me of hideous days at school trying, yet again, to grasp basic algebra..that or battling with an Excel spreadsheet..
Not the case with The Team Formula. A truly enjoyable and easy read.. I read it during my relocation flight to South Africa from the UK.. couldn’t have been a better read given I was moving to a new country, a new team and a whole new life. Using a story based approach, Mandy and Elisabet really bring the characters to life. I found myself recognising certain behaviours – not all of them good either – in myself and also in the experiences I have had with others.. I would love to have had a book like this on hand a few years ago… It reminded me that no one is as confident as they make out..nor do they have all the answers..its how you work with others and understand each other that makes a good team great.
Cannot recommend this enough..I hear there may be a follow up…I’ll be pre-ordering for sure.

A clever and insightful window into the world of Team Behaviour
The Team Formula is a fantastic tool to use when reflecting on your own position within a team, whether as a leader or a team member. It gives valuable insight into the way that different personalities interact within a team and takes into account the one thing that most business books forget; feelings. Hearing the voice of Stephen allows the reader to really engage with the emotive elements of the difficulties he is facing. Having read the book I felt inspired and energised to develop my leadership style. As someone who has only recently moved into a management position I am looking forward to using this book as a tool develop myself further. There is no role and no position that the message of the Team Formula does not apply to.

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