team leadership

3 ways to look after your staff’s wellbeing during COVID-19

As most working professionals spend a third of their time at work, it’s been a massive adjustment for the masses to start working from home. It’s hard enough just working from home without the added stress of looking after children and the constant financial and health worries stewing in the background, so it’s no wonder …

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Your ultimate guide to leading your team during COVID-19 (even if you are all working virtually for the first time)

In the last 3 years, I have grown a virtual team of people and worked from my home office. I never thought that my expertise in leading a virtual team would be so in demand right now as Europe and the US goes into lockdown due to the COVID-19. Therefore, in this article I have …

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What is the biggest priority as a team leader? You may be surprised

  It is possible to make partner just by your own merits. However, if you want to successfully take the step up to a full equity partner, then you will need to have built a team behind you. Even if you are in a law firm! With this team, there is one thing, above all, …

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How to construct a speech which inspires a team to improve its performance

Motivating your team, particularly when the going is tough, is hard work. In this extract from an interview with Errol Williamson in Spring 2015, I talk about how to get your team onside and motivate them to higher levels of performance. EW:     In your book ‘How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life’, Part …

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Inheriting a new team – how to decide which team members to keep?

When you get made up to partner, either through a promotion or a lateral move, it is not uncommon to inherit a new team, or a dysfunctional group of people who happen – more because of a HR structure chart – to belong to the same team. Your long term success as partner is driven …

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How to keep your team happy when they are stressed out with tough deadlines

No-one said that being in the professions would be easy! However, when you get to manager in a practice you get given the equivalent of a ‘hospital pass’. On the one hand you need to keep your clients and partner happy. Then you also need to keep your team happy and motivated, often by asking …

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The 2 easy things you can do to increase your team’s performance

In our experience it is not impossible to get to partner without the support of a great team to deliver your client’s work. (Does that match your experience?) However, if you are going to take the next step up to full equity partner, you need to have built a very strong team supporting you. After …

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Team away days… an 8 point action plan to get them right – Part 3

When I used to be employed as an in-house learning and development manager, I was always being asked by my business units whether I would run a team away day for them. Very often it’s the up-and-coming partner or junior partner who is given the job of organising the department away day. I’m all for a …

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