Team Leadership - Lead Your Team, Don't Manage It
Publish agendas or session flows in advance with enough time for team members (including yourself) to prepare for that team session. Why not invite inclusions to the agenda.
If the session is going to be a long one, break it up into manageable sections, take breaks. Be creative, have some fun, do some exercises. I personally would not go more than 50 minutes, an hour, before taking a break.
Introduce quick 15-20 minute training sessions any meaningful and contextual topic or theme. e.g. Giving and Receiving Feedback, Brainstorming, Setting S.M.A.R.T. Objectives. Empower team members by a) Have each team member prepare and deliver the training session and b) Have another team member facilitate the training session.
Deliberately have a non-context topic or theme on the agenda but, again, one that will add value and benefit participants - e.g. invite a technical expert or different functional / departmental head to give a 15-20 minute presentation on what and why they do what they do (This can be as good as having an actual break).
Before the formal session starts, get each team member to 'dump' - get rid of all the stuff in their head that's going to prevent them from focusing on the task(s) in hand. Caution team members need to feel safe and comfortable to do this. It also needs to be carefully led so it does not get out of control. Most importantly, it needs to comply with the team's agreed ground rules that were set at the formation of the team.
Continually develop individuals - give others the opportunity to prepare and publish the agenda for the next team session, empower them to lead and facilitate the session and to write the follow-up review afterwards ( apart from anything else, it gives you a rest! ). Further development can be achieved by inviting other team members to provide constructive feedback - with the knowledge that they too will be given the same developmental opportunity and will also be receiving 'constructive' feedback.
Have fun and celebrate successes. Take time out, have a bbq, have a picnic, supply the supper when the team session's a late one.
Lead by example at all times. Show the team that your business, their business is a serious one with specific goals and expected results BUT the best way to achieve success is through ongoing individual and team development, empowering others to succeed and having fun along the way.
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