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Hi, welcome to this episode of Jack Chat and another tiny lesson in leadership, straight up.

In this episode, I’d like to talk about teamwork. Specifically, what’s a leader’s job in ensuring that teams work better together.

Teams often complain about a lack of alignment on direction or strategy. Well, researchers recently looked at this phenomenon and they came up with three things that every leader should know.

  1. First, and probably not surprisingly, they found that talking it out in a group is the best way to create alignment… 
  2. But, secondly… they found that talking it out ONLY works if everyone is willing to change their mind. The researchers used fancy terms like “multi-factorial explanations” and “intellectual humility,” but what they really meant is don’t be so darn certain you have the whole thing figured out. 
  3. And finally, the research also revealed that the most destructive thing to alignment is… a jerk. A team member who dominates the conversation and insists on being right.

So, here are a couple self-reflection questions to help you be an advocate for alignment:

  • How willing am I to let go of my narrative about a situation?
  • What is the deeper need behind my desire for a particular course of action?
  • And… what don’t I know about the situation?

Give those questions some thought, open your mind and come back for another chat.

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