Join Host Dr. Krister Lowe and today's guest Keith McCandless--the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In this episode Keith introduces listeners to "Liberating Structures." LS are powerful microstructures or simple rules that help groups unleash a culture of innovation.
Keith is the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures (www.LiberatingStructures.com) along with his colleague Henri Lipmanowicz. They are both co-authors of the book "The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation." Keith works with a diverse array of public and private organizations to help people take on complex challenges and innovation efforts. He specializes in unleashing everyone to work at the top of their collective intelligence. He calls himself a structured improvisationalist. He holds a Master's in Management of Human Science from Brandeis University in Boston and a B.A. from Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington.
Some themes explored in this podcast include: why planned change efforts tend to fail in organizations; the origins of liberating structures and why they help groups, teams and organizational systems develop new habits and culture; avoiding the extreme poles of top down change efforts on one end to the anarchy of open discussion and consensus-building and brainstorming on the other; reference to a number of the 33 structures; a compelling story of how Liberating Structures were used to transform a leadership team and whole subsidiary of a global company in Venezuela; how groups can very quickly in less than 20 minutes leverage their collective intelligence to innovate, make decisions, solve problems and more; the un-learning that is required to use Liberating Structures as a organizational consultant or pro facilitator and more. Keith also provides a brief overview of how listeners can quickly get up to speed on using Liberating Structures by visiting the website at www.LiberatingStructures.com, by reading the book and/or by attending an "immersion workshop" which are available in different places around the world.
Liberating Structures provides all team coaches with a powerful shift in mindset as well as a set of tools that help teams unleash their collective intelligence and that can unleash innovation as well as organizational change and transformation. This is an episode that all team coaches will surely not want to miss!
Join Dr. Krister Lowe and show guests--Dr. Vanessa Druskat and Dr. Steven Wolff--for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast. The title of this episode is: "Team Emotional Intelligence: Cracking the Code on High Performing Teams." Dr. Druskat is Associate Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is an internationally recognized expert on team effectiveness, team leadership, and emotional intelligence. She works with top leadership teams around the world and is passionate about helping teams meet their collaborative potential. Together with Vanessa Druskat, Dr. Steven B. Wolff has developed a theory of group emotional intelligence that extends the theory of individual emotional intelligence to the group level. Dr. Wolff has over ten years experience as a professor teaching and researching team effectiveness and leadership. He worked as a research consultant at HayGroup where he helped Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman develop their second generation EI instrument (the ESCI), and has 15 years experience in the high-tech industry as an engineer and manager.
In this episode Dr. Druskat and Dr. Wolff take listeners on a journey from their early days in graduate school conducting research together on teams, to collaborating with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis on scholarship in the area of team emotional intelligence, to publishing an article in the Harvard Business Review on "Building the Emotional Intelligence of Groups," to creating the Team Emotional Intelligence Survey, through some great stories working with real teams using the Team Emotional Intelligence framework and survey, to training team practitioners in the Team Ei instrument.
Specific themes covered in this episode include the 20 years of research behind team emotional intelligence; the team fundamentals, team emotional intelligence norms and social capital outputs that comprise team emotional intelligence and The Team Emotional intelligence Survey; lessons learned applying Team Ei with real world teams; the critical role of norms in facilitating team effectiveness; what differentiates good performing teams from high performing teams and more.
This is a rich episode that listeners are sure to listen to over and over again. All team coaches should be familiar with this important body of knowledge that cracks the code on what drives high performing teams. This is definitely an episode that you won't want to miss!
Join Dr. Krister Lowe for this week's episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast! In today's show, Dr. Lowe rounds out a 3-part series on Team Coaching Resources with a review of 5 team coach training programs. In the episode Krister puts training in the context of the 70-20-10 rule of learning as well as the 10,000 hour mastery perspective.
The five team coaching training programs reviewed in the episode include:
1. The Team Advantage Team Coaching Certification Program offered by The Pyramid Resource Group.
2. The Systemic Team Coaching Certificate and Certification Program offered by the Academy of Executive Coaching.
3. The Certified Team Performance Coach Certification Program offered by Team Coaching International.
4. The Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Certification Program (ORSC) offered by CRR Global.
5. The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Intensive and Practicum offered by Potentials Realized.
Additional themes mentioned on the podcast are certification programs in the Team Diagnostic Survey and The Team Emotional Intelligence Assessment, the upcoming Columbia International Coaching Conference in October as well as special discounts on many of the training programs mentioned in today's episode for subscribers of The Team Coaching Zone newsletter. Sign up today at www.TeamCoachingZone.com!