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How to help teams burn bright (and not burn out)

How do you get your teams to do more – and not burn out? There are metaphors that teams under pressure tend to use. These are usually about moving faster i.e. “getting ahead” or “staying ahead” or, less positively, about “running to stand still”. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the first response to a challenge faced by many teams is to speed up and run faster.

It may feel counter-intuitive, but the leap to a new level of team performance starts with understanding that what is needed is not to speed up, but to slow down and let go of some of the “move faster” language that is the driving force of individual career ambitions.

The way we think about our development tends to be framed in this way. So if we want the team to take on more challenges, our lead article shows, then it’s time to swap “ego-drive” for “co-drive”. Co-drive requires that you momentarily forget all about yourself — and instead focus on others. It means understanding that you have already proven yourself and that your job is to help those around you perform.

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Caroline Sheridan, Chair, Workplace and Employment CMC group and Founder of Sheridan Resolutions

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