Image for post
Image for post

At RallyBright we’re focused on helping managers become better leaders and building better teams. A big part of this is sharing our findings related to what drives team performance and how to improve team relationships and values.

Below you’ll find a running repository of the infographics we’re creating to share our insights around building high performance teams:

Team Measurement:

The 5 Building Blocks of Resilient Teams

For any team to succeed, it needs a strong foundation of resilience. The good news is that the building blocks of team resilience are learnable and measurable.

Image for post
Image for post
Download the infographic

Team Dynamics, Communications, Burnout / Remote Work Challenges & Opportunities:

All things related to leading the “people” part of teams including relationships, communications, and burn-out. As the world of work has shifted, many of these focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of remote work. …


Image for post
Image for post

As we continue to make our way through this prolonged pandemic and significant cultural shifts, many of us are experiencing an unprecedented disruption in our professional and personal lives. One ability we have in our resilience toolkit as humans is our capacity for empathy — a psychological identification with the thoughts, feelings and attitudes of others. If you lead a team, ensuring you’re leading with empathy is one of the most important investments you can make in your organization right now.

Empathy, along with the other four components of emotional intelligence, has gotten a lot of attention over the months of the COVID-19 crisis. That’s because, in times of great stress and hardship, leading with empathy is the best approach to keeping employees engaged. An empathy-based leadership has also shown that it boosts productivity, performance, happiness and collaboration; results that have led many management professionals to believe that empathy is the most important leadership skill. …


Image for post
Image for post

Some companies and groups of workers are now heading back to the office, while others continue to work from home. Whether you’re among the first group or the latter — or somewhere in between — it’s clear that this new hybrid workplace will be with us for the foreseeable future.

In this environment, leaders and teams will benefit from leaning on resilience principles more than ever. This is because scattered teams, high stress and a challenging market climate for the vast majority of businesses mean team resilience in the COVID-era workplace is a necessity. …


Image for post
Image for post

Most of us have now been under local lockdown orders for several weeks or more. We’ve rolled with the first waves of scary COVID-19 news and, for those who are office workers and new to remote work, we’re adjusting to the new normal of working from home. The future is uncertain to some degree. But we do know that sooner or later the social distancing guidelines will relax. And then we’ll start climbing out of the economic hole that opened beneath our feet in March.

As we get back to work, what can we expect for the rest of 2020? What will work look like after COVID-19? For leaders and their teams, I believe we will see a continuation of four key trends that were already happening, but have now accelerated under pressure from the pandemic. …


Image for post
Image for post

For the foreseeable future, it’s likely that many of us will be cutting out nonessential travel as we’re increasingly encouraged to help “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases. We’re already seeing trade shows, conferences and other large offsite business gatherings canceled or postponed. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but it seems likely that there will be continued disruption to the economy and business as usual for a while.

If you lead a team, what does this mean for you and your team?

For onsite and remote teams alike, offsite gatherings are important times for team members to spend some intensive in-person time together building camaraderie and deepening their connections. Team connection isn’t just a nice-to-have, either. It’s a key ingredient of the team resilience that drives long-term success among teams. Connected team members are engaged and care about the wellbeing of the team as a whole. They also trust one another and are good at navigating through conflict. …


Image for post
Image for post

Like everything else in our fast-moving, tech-enabled world, the theory and practice of leadership is constantly evolving. Last year we saw shifts including deeper investments in human capital, greater focus on employee coaching, and the rise of millennial managers, among others. This year, many of those trends continue while new ones have also broken onto the team leadership scene.

What’s shaping this changing landscape? Demographics is a big one, with millennials asserting their needs and preferences as the largest generation in the current workforce. Millennials want workplaces that are innovative and collaborative, and that provide thoughtful paths for professional development. Like Gen Xers, they also want interesting lives outside of the office and freedom from crippling job-related stress. …


Image for post
Image for post

The clock is winding down on 2019, and things are as hectic as they are every year at this time. Like a lot of CEOs and other managers, I’m trying to lead a company to a strong finish (our best ever). For me that means guiding and supporting my internal team, keeping our company partnerships strong, serving current customers while bringing on new ones, and continuing to develop our platform.

Despite a long to-do list, the end of the year is a natural time for reflection. This year more than any other perhaps, I’ve been thinking about teamwork. After all, RallyBright is in the business of helping teams and their managers accomplish more. We’re lucky to be in the trenches with so many teams, witnessing their successes and struggles. …


Image for post
Image for post

If you think a culture of gratitude at work is just a touchy-feely nice-to-have, you may want to think again. Several recent studies on the benefits of gratitude suggest that not only is gratitude great for our health, sleep and stress reduction; but it also pays off at work, resulting in greater job satisfaction, higher productivity and employee retention, and stronger teams.

One explanation of these benefits is that gratitude fuels resilience — that secret sauce of long-term outperformance. It does this by shifting our focus away from whatever challenge we’re currently facing (e.g. a rushed deadline) and towards what is already helping us to be successful (e.g. helpful colleagues, an understanding spouse). It turns out that it’s human nature to focus more on our barriers than our blessings, a bias psychologists have dubbed “the headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry.” …


Image for post
Image for post

Here we are at the last quarter of 2019. And that means time is running out to get done what you promised yourself you’d do by the end of the year.

If you lead a team, how to set it up for success is probably on your mind quite a bit. …


Image for post
Image for post

Just how important is it to get along well with your colleagues? According to HR veteran Liz Ryan, interpersonal challenges with managers or coworkers top the list of issues that employees bring to HR.

I’ve said it before: few things matter at work more than relationships. If there’s one surefire way to improve your work life, it’s to learn more about what each of your colleagues brings to your team through their personality and behavioral styles (as well as being aware of your own) so that you have a deeper understanding of the most effective way to interact.

In our work with high-performing teams at RallyBright, one problem we see often is a strong personality dominating the team and disrupting its dynamics. But there are other common interpersonal issues among teams. Differences in dealing with conflict, for one, can exacerbate strained team relations. Teammates who are chronically negative/critical, competitive rather than cooperative, or resistant to new ideas/change are also commonly experienced as challenging to their colleagues. …

About

RallyBright - John Estafanous

@RallyBright, founder & ceo — helping business leaders and coaches build better teams — reformed agency exec.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store