Leadership skills training and team building for technical teams and leaders

Team Building

Want to Enable Your Team Members? Take A Military Commander’s Approach to Delegation

About six hours before the D-Day amphibious landings began on June 6, 1944, about 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne forces were dropped inland. Their overall mission, the opening forays of Operation Overlord, was to disrupt the Nazi forces ability to reach the coast and repel the beach landings. Individually, units were tasked with capturing […]

Six Great Reads for Technology Teams

In my ‘High Impact Tasks for CTOs’ eBook I mention starting a book club as a way to impact organizational culture and drive performance.

There are several benefits to reading the same books for technology team members, including:

Prompting ideas and solutions for organizational challenges.
Developing a common framework for problem-solving.
Building a shared language.

The Power of an Elite Team Identity

In a previous blog post, I discussed the idea of focusing on team identity rather than worrying about the difficult issue of culture. The efficacy of this approach is based on Social Identity Theory, which basically suggests that when I consider myself part of a group, I begin to think and act like a group […]

Developing a Compelling Team Mission Statement

Most management theorists and leadership experts agree that high performing teams are built around a compelling and engaging mission (sometimes called a vision or purpose). This mission is the core purpose for the existence of the team and dictates the team’s methods and goals. As Jim Collins suggested, “ provides guidance about what core […]

Technical Team Leaders: Quit Struggling With Culture And Focus on Team Identity

Building a culture is complex, but this simple approach is so much more powerful and accessible for team leaders
For many companies, developing a high-performance culture is both a quest and a challenge. There are many books and articles about both the importance and process of how executives deliberately creating culture. But what about individual teams? […]

The 5 Secrets to Building Trust

Trust is an interesting thing. We all know what it is, and we know when we have it (and when we don’t), but if I ask you to actually define it, things get a bit more tricky. Furthermore if I ask you why you don’t trust someone, you might be able to pinpoint to a […]

What Do Effective Team Building Events Look Like?

Can a technical team go to the movies as a team building event? How about a BBQ, bowling, or paintball? If a team spends time together is that team-building? The answer, like so much in the world of leadership, is ‘it depends’.  At Brilliant Training, we think there are two main differences between spending time […]

The Road to a High Performance Team

The benefits of a high performance team are clear, but the key question is how of you get there? In the 1960’s, a psychologist named Bruce Tuckman developed a model of the stages of team development. Over the past 15 years, I have found this model to be very compelling and an effective description of […]