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trust - 信任 - confianza – ukuthemba

noun – firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.
synonyms:       confidence, belief, faith, freedom from suspicion/doubt, sureness, certainty, certitude, assurance, conviction, credence, reliance

verb – believe in the reliability, truth, or ability of.
synonyms:       have faith in, put/place one's trust in, have (every) confidence in, believe in, pin one's hopes/faith on, rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of, confide in

3 Milestones Around Great Teamwork

I often get asked what defines a great leader and how will we know if a team is working optimally. Much has been written about the former point of leadership, but less about the signs of a great team. Therefore I dedicate this blog to this topic with 3 simple milestones on what great teamwork feels and looks like.

Milestone 1: Trust and Respect

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. ~ Norman Shidle

Dan Pink's Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us

Motivation comes up often in my discussions with clients when they talk about themselves and their team members. I am careful not to let the discussion get into the "either s/he is self-motivated or not". Having these 2 camps doesn’t serve much purpose beyond hinting at one camp being easier to deal with and somewhat superior to the other. Also, this seems to imply that a person in either camp reacts similarly in all aspects of life.

Olympics 2012

Time: 3.45am, 28th July 2012 (Singapore time)
Occasion: Olympics London 2012 opening ceremony 

The tagline for this Olympics is "Inspire a Generation". It started with 10,960 athletes participating from 206 countries to represent over 7 billion people. 

Corporate Consciousness

Whenever the word “corporate” appears, we tend to think of an enterprise well marketed and branded. Scratch beyond the surface and you struggle with the names of key leaders beyond the token CEO and imagine it filled with floating identities easily replaceable.

The word “consciousness” brings different emotions as we find it vaguely unknown though we know it’s inherent in us. Consciousness has been defined as awareness and the ability to experience or to feel and is a term that refers to the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts.

What will this team be remembered for?

<20min into a team workshop>
“What will this team be remembered for?” I ask.

This takes everyone by surprise. Many immediately thinking of the official company marketing tagline or the vision as recently shared by their CEO. I then clarify that it’s not what their company stands for but really, what this team represents and what they want their legacy to be.

<21min into a team workshop>
A controversial way of having them think harder with hearts palpitating is when I say “If all of you were on a flight and the plane disappears into the Bermuda Triangle, what will the others miss about this team?”

Walk the talk

Much has been said about “Walk the Talk”, which simply refers to doing what you say or practicing what you preach.

In the workplace, this is evident mainly because everything else being constant (where we sit, our roles, the teams we participate in), it’s what you say and do in the end that is perceived by others. Being in the corporate world has trained many to use bombastic words like “strategy”, “common vision”, “achieving together”, “respect”, “program way of working”, “transparency”, “teamwork”, “accountability”.. I think you get the picture.

Let's start with the coffee machine at work...

Being a social coffee drinker myself (read - less than 1 cup a week), I realized that for many, the coffee machine is more visited than any other person or area in the office. The coffee machine represents much to its addicts -

1. Pride to visitors - "Come by, we have good coffee at our office"
2. Connection with colleagues - "Would you also like a cup"
3. Spontaneous 20 second chats (time taken for a cup to fill up)
4. Frustration when any of below situations occur