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Lean Can't Get You There, Effective Teams Can

When it comes to getting work done, it is almost inevitable that we find ourselves working with other people, though rarely those of our choosing. As the pressure to deliver starts to rise, even handpicked teams run into people problems. Lean and agile practices can actually intensify these issues since they focus on rapidly exposing flaws in the system.

When it comes to getting work done, it is almost inevitable that we find ourselves working with other people, though rarely those of our choosing. As the pressure to deliver starts to rise, even handpicked teams run into people problems. Lean and agile practices can actually intensify these issues since they focus on rapidly exposing flaws in the system.

Regardless of how the team is formed or the particular development process in place, there are important team factors that ultimately lead to success or failure. And while many teams find process improvement painful, few explicitly practise building the resilience that is key to supporting those explorations.

Coaches are often more experienced with improving the way work gets done than building the interpersonal skills and group strength that support those improvements. The training and insights developed in the field of group therapy, particularly Yalom's curative factors, provide a complementary model for addressing the difficulties in teaming.

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