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Ideas for bringing a new CEO into the team
Hi Everyone I wanted to ask you if you have any ideas on how to bring an executive team and a new CEO onto the same page. I have been working with the executive team for about six months – with the old CEO, who was a significant problem. This person has since left, and the new CEO joined this week. I have a full-day workshop with the executive team on Monday, which was planned months ago. The new CEO will be attending, and I would like to know if you have any ideas on how to create a connection in the room/get them all on the same page. I will be meeting with the CEO on Wednesday to update him on the output of a half-day workshop we had last December. At this workshop we used the sailboat exercise to identify the challenges as team were facing and decide on some actions – this worked incredibly well and there is still work to be done which I was going to bring into the workshop next week. With the CEO joining the executive team still want to complete the work, but I am wondering what else we can do to get the team to gel I am just wondering if any of you have some great ideas for icebreakers or activities to help the team get to know each other. Thanks in advance Leanne
New comment 24d ago
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@Raj Mehta Love this idea and thank you for sharing the details! This is an fantastic exercise to get to know each other and I think even the team that has worked together for a while will learn about each other. Thanks for your generosity!
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@Chris Barba Having never done one of these I looked it up and it is a great activity – exactly what I need for tomorrow, so thank you very much. I will let you know how we go.
Facilitating a team in conflict
Hi Everyone! Thanks in advance for any ideas or thoughts you have on my current challenge. I am working with a small team where there is significant conflict between two managers. I have been brought in to help the team (n=5) figure out what is working and what isn't and how do we move forward? I plan to use the sailboat exercise to better understand their world and it will enable those team members that feel shut down to have a voice – I love this exercise. I have completed individual interviews with each team member to better understand their challenges. All have an issue with their senior manager. They are however all keen (including the senior manager) to attend the workshop because the conflict in the system is causing so much grief and poor performance it cannot continue. There are also members who have reported mental health challenges as a result of the conflict and one manager has ADHD. I mention this because these have been contentious challenges with the senior manager who feels they have accommodated these challenges but "at what point do you have to have the poor performance" discussion. My question is regarding the heightened emotion within the team. Have any of you facilitated a session with a team that is in significant conflict and has the potential for members to shut down or react during the session? Any specific prep/set-up? Have you set any specific expectations? Handling reactive responses during the session that have worked/not worked? I am a healthcare professional, so have a good idea of how to manage conflict, however I am reaching out to the group to get different perspectives that may help inform my workshop next week. Thanks so much Leanne
New comment Apr 3
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@Janine Katzberg In the discussion part of the session, I would of perhaps asked the team for their thoughts on what the SD had just said about their... lack of accountability, not doing the work etc. and assessed if they could have risen to the challenge.
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@Matt Ganson thanks so much for your insights and suggestions. Super useful. Unfortunately I don't see more work with this team in its current composition, as the business has decided to remove the SD from leading the team as of yesterday. They have put her on a performance improvement plan as this has apparently been an ongoing problem i.e. there have been three teams that have been impacted to date and the SD has been moved around rather than performance managed.
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Leanne Wall
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I love keynote speaking, training, coaching & facilitating. Areas I work in are leadership/team development, mental health, and resilience/self-care.

Active 25d ago
Joined Aug 1, 2023
Sydney, Australia
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