Your Teams Don't Work! Let's Fix The Issues With Humour and A Few Small Nudges

James Redden

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Life Skills
14th April 2019
Business | Teamwork | Personal Development | Leadership

Teams can move the Heavens and Earth, but only when they are working as a coherent unit. Trying to apply the Army's approach of 'parade ground punishments' isn't going to work, but some of the less discussed soft skills James learned during his time as an NCO will make a difference.

In this talk we will delve into: the reasons why teams don't work | how to motivate by not motivating your team | the one not so tiny factor that will make a difference to your team's performance | helping you decide if a team member is the right fit | British Army values that can be used to fine-tune your team into all-star go getters

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About James Redden

James Redden spent 13 years in the British Army, 10 of which in were in a highly specialised unit comprised of volunteers who undergo a rigorous test process. During his military career he worked in many hotspots around the world. As a non-commissioned officer he was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of junior soldiers.

His military service took him across the globe: the Middle East; the jungles of South East Asia; the Americas; Africa (including two months in the Sahara Desert); the Former Yugoslavia, to name but a few.

After leaving the Army, James embarked on a career in technology and built a consultancy business that serviced the needs of some of the biggest companies in the UK.

In recent years James has returned to his first love: the great outdoors. In 2016, after 10 years of navigating the corporate world he decided to ski to the North Pole. Reinvigorated, he then set his eyes on other destinations, skiing across Norway and the Hardangervidda. In 2018 he joined a former colleague and skied across Greenland.

James talks on many subjects and can still laugh when he describes any number of occasions when he thought his life might be drawing to a premature close. His core subjects focus on leadership, in particular dealing with conflict in the workplace and developing highly effective teams. He is also prone to describing the moral sapping effects of bodily functions when experienced in the close proximity of a covert observation post!

Companies such as Microsoft, Carlson Wagonlit and Pearson have experienced James's unique take on life, leadership and making things happen, as have a large number of schools.

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