Articles

From time to time Balance Curve publish articles designed to support and assist our clients. Some of our historical articles are found below.

All High Performing Teams

How do you create a “psychologically safe” team?

9th September 2020

This is the fourth in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help. When people don’t feel “psychologically safe”, team…

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What’s your Team Purpose? You need to make this clear!

25th August 2020

This is the third in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help. The focus today is on clarifying Team…

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Creating Effective Teams – 6 conditions that deliver outstanding performance

5th August 2020

This is the second in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help.   How do you create and sustain…

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Creating Effective Teams – Negotiating the criteria for success

21st July 2020

Creating Effective Teams – If you don’t negotiate the criteria for success, your team is in trouble. This is the first of a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team…

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The Secret to Google’s High Performing Teams

15th March 2016

What’s the secret to creating a high performing team? Over the last few years, Google has spent millions of dollars researching the performance of different teams to try and find why some teams were consistently more effective than others. In a recent article in the New York Times, Charles Durhigg shared the results of Google’s…

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High Performance Teams – Paul Wilson, Petbarn

9th June 2015

Paul Wilson is the Managing Director of Pet Barn, Australia’s largest pet specialty retailer. Since buying a small chain of 8 stores in 2005 Paul and his partners have grown the business so that it now has 130 stores together with and 100 vet practices in Australia and New Zealand, employing more than 2500 people.…

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High Performance Teams – Interview with Liz Broderick

18th May 2015

Elizabeth Broderick is the Sex Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Group, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women and since her appointment in 2007 has…

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High Performing Teams – Interview with Grant O’Brien, CEO Woolworths

5th May 2015

Grant O’Brien is the Managing Director and CEO of Woolworths, Australia’s largest retailer. Woolworths has more than 3,000 stores across Australia and New Zealand with interests in food, liquor, petrol, general merchandise, home improvement and hotels. The company employs more than 198,000 people and serves around 28 million customers each week. Grant’s rise to CEO…

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Five Questions that Drive Performance

3rd November 2014

Whether you are holding a formal annual performance review or holding an informal monthly or quarterly performance meeting, there are five questions you need to ask to drive the performance of your team members. How are you? What’s the progress towards achieving your KPIs? What are the obstacles to progress? How can I help remove…

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Using Performance Reviews to Motivate and Engage

14th October 2014

If you aim to create a high performance culture then you need to be thinking and talking about performance all the time.  I advocate that leaders should have regular performance review meetings with their team members. The frequency of the meetings depends on the experience of the team member but, for most, monthly or quarterly…

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