Posted in leadership, performance, team

Building your winning team

Building a Winning Team -Stanford Executive Briefing
DVD by Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus

  1. Have a culture of greatness
    Win in the workplace then in the marketplace
    Relationship drives numbers
  2. Stay positive
    Positively charged work environments out produces negatively charged environments
    Leaders manage people but they also manage people’s beliefs
  3. “Just keep running” (airport story)
  4. “Success Fridays” (weekly end of the week meetings that just focus on success)
  5. No energy vampires allowed; let them off the bus
  6. Don’t complain
    80% don’t care and 20% are glad you have problems
    check out (another book)
    Rule: no mindless complaints, solutions must be offered
  7. Avoid poor communication
    When there is a void in communication, people assume the worst
  8. Build optimism by a unifying vision; something everyone can rally around
    Everyone should know the vision and what it means to you
    Share the vision, invite them on the bus
  9. Empower them to drive the bus by asking ‘How can I help achieve your vision?” and then “How can you help the organization achieve its vision?”
  10. Engaged relationships breed trust via spending time with your people; people follow a leader first and the vision second;
    Release their passion; if you aren’t passionate about your organization you need to get on another bus
  11. Soup-A recipe to nourish your team (another book); who is stirring the pot matters
  12. Einstein, “Vision without execution is hallucination”
  13. Do common things with uncommon focus and passion

To summarize:

First steps to building a team are to let people know what motivates you

Expect the best even during challenging times…from yourself and from your team

Expect great things to happen

Do we empower our people?

“Culture drives behavior. Behavior drives habit.” Practice when it is slow for habit when it is busy

“Pay attention to the root of the tree rather than the fruit”
Nurture people
Set the tone; Stay positive for your people and the people

Negative talk occurs when things are slow and when they are busy; communicate to prevent negativity during these times

Define your vision in what you want to achieve as an individual, as a team, as an agency

Extra: Worst time to provide feedback to folks is on an empty stomach; talk after lunch

Build relationships that can help to build your agency; help your people do what they do best
When all else fails, stop wasting your time
Don’t try to pull them up if they don’t want to be there; devote your time to people who want it

To motivate “Fully Sats” – If you want them to do more, adjust the goals and they’ll meet them.

Get rid of low performers. Work with high performers and leave others in the dust.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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