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Tom Heck, International Association of Teamwork Facilitators

It’s embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to post this interview with Tom. He’s an old friend, president and founder of the IATF, and and has long been a champion for helping teams do extraordinary things. This is important, because I believe that the team is the most powerful unit for change within an organization. Trying to “boil the ocean” of the whole organization is nearly impossible, while focusing on just one person is useful, but rarely enough to be a catalyst for broader change. With a team, you’re flexible enough to respond to change and resilient enough to deal with the vicissitudes of change. In our conversation, we discuss:

  • How Tom decided that enabling the conscious use of team building was the path for him
  • What gets in the way of teams succeeding the way they could and should
  • What it means for a team to practice being a team
  • The link between coaching skills, responsibility and a high-performing team

Listen to my interview with Tom Heck.

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