A #RUDay

So today I’ve been out of the office at an event for service designers in local government and the wider public sector. The day is advertised as, and called, a “Really Useful Day”. Or #RUDay for short.  So I went in to the session today really hopefully that for a full day away from the…

An exciting day

A little while ago I used the awesome Superpowers tool (as part of the Teamworks product) from SYPartners to identify what my Superpower is – i.e. my natural talent that I bring to the team. It was creative thinking.    And this morning I’m off to top up my creative levels at an event in…

Quote – Simon Sinek

   It’s better to have a great team than a team of greats. – Simon Sinek Created by iammichaelwatts.com, 2015

Find your superpower

I’ve wrote quite a lot in this blog about how I used the SYPartners tools to find my superpower – and then how I started to live, breathe and be my superpower. A superpower is: A natural talent someone brings to the team when it’s most in need of help I have been using the…

The power of praise

Today was just another ordinary day in the office. My team was building webpages around user needs. My team was challenging other teams to move to digital services. My team was writing strategies. My team was analysing feedback from our users. And then something magical happened – we received an email. Okay, we all receive…

The challenge of creating the right sub-culture

One of the most acknowledged key ingredients for any great team or organisation is its culture. The most innovative companies – such as Apple, Google or Pixar – are always used as examples of organisations that have the right culture. Other organisations – such as local government or financial institutions – are often used as…

Creating a shared purpose

During my research into what makes great teams great, one of the reoccurring essential elements that I keep stumbling across was the need for a shared purpose. Something that all members of the team buy into. Something that they all own. Something that drives everything that the team – and the individuals within the team…

The importance of stress

Stress is a given in life – both at work and at home. It comes in different levels and in different ways. It shows itself in different ways too. And quite often, people see stress as a negative thing. As something to stop. As something that we should all try to avoid. And to a…

Enhancing my superpower 

After finally understanding, identifying and having my superpower confirmed through the brilliant Teamworks strengths tool, I then used the action focused approach of the tool to create a new ritual for making sure I keep my superpower topped up. I tried to design my ritual so that it was simple, doable and built on my…

My superpower

After working out my superpower was, I started to use it. I started to work in a different way. I started to use my superpower in all my tasks. I started to use my superpower in all my discussions with me team. I started to allow my superpower to be seen. What was my superpower?…

Who am I?

After working hard to understand myself better, to understand my team better, and to begin our transformation towards becoming a ‘great team’, my plan of action was starting to making a difference. After a few months I was starting to see a difference in team morale, in the completion of tasks, in communication and engagement…