138: The Four Unique Types of Teams
Published April 28, 2014
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    The word team is used a lot in organizations to describe anything where two or more people are involved. However, groups and teams look very different, depending on their purpose and organization. In today’s show, you’ll learn about the four unique types of teams and how to work within and lead each.


    Guest: Susan Gerke from GoTeam

    Teams are different and unique

    Stage of Development

    When you are trying to figure out how to lead a team, 2 models can be very helpful.

    Types of Teams

    Interdependence degree of cooperation and coordination

    Number of meetings
    Content of meetings
    Goals —team vs. individual
    Reward team vs. individual


    Training plan


    The I in Team* by Susan Gerke
    Go Team by Susan Gerke and David Hutchens


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    Question from Laura:

    “I’m an introvert. Plain and simple! And I find it challenging to engage in conversation but, my direct coach has advised me that regardless of my nature the needs of the business requires that I become more extroverted and continue to go out of my personal comfort zone when it comes to leadership as in the end its not about what makes me comfortable but, more so on what makes the team comfortable and what works with them. Although I agree that i should be less intense and be more vocal I also firmly believe that the worst advice that you can give someone of an introverted nature is to become more extroverted. While I understand that the needs of the business and the team should trump my own I would appreciate some advice on how to do this and be less shy or unsure while doing so.”

    Resources I mentioned in my response:

    Episode #115: How To Create And Track Effective Leadership Habits
    My coaching plan on Lift: Become A More Respected Manager
    Episode #44: Susan Cain on The Power of Introverts
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking* by Susan Cain
    Episode #136: How To Create Leadership Connections in The Smallest of Moments with TouchPoints from Douglas Conant
    TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments* by Doug Conant and Mette Norgaard

    Thank you to Hector Abegg-Garcia, Sanjani Ramkissoon, Mishal Rb, Kristen Albert, Corey Johnson, Lori Olsen, Christine Brewder, Barbara Ferranti, Corinne Cope, Heather Balcerek, Ailie Murray, Wendy Suddendorf, Philip Jackson, Kris De Heel, Dumisani Gubuza, Craig Coppaway, and Yves Jonckheere for subscribing to my weekly update this past week.

    A special thank you to Anthony in the UK and Mishal in Saudi Arabia for the written review on iTunes you left. If this show has been valuable to you as well, please leave a written review on iTunes or Stitcher by visiting http://coachingforleaders.com/itunes or http://coachingforleaders.com/stitcher
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