Christina-Wodtke

18 / Simple Steps to Achieve High-Performing Teams

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We’ve been working together in teams forever, right? After all, humans are social creatures. So it only makes sense that we would come together, organize around common objectives, and apply our energies and intellect to solve problems and deliver outcomes that move our world forward. If that is so, why do so many organizations simultaneously implement dubious structures and practices that conflict with their pursuit of high-performing teams?

In this episode, Sean and Paul catch up with Christina Wodtke – professor, speaker, and author of Radical Focus – to discuss techniques that help organizations create and sustain high-performing teams. Christina has admittedly made a career out of stating the unstated, exposing the proverbial elephant in the room. Whether it’s questioning the value of meetings and status reports or how companies conduct their hiring practices and performance reviews, Christina unabashedly critiques the ways in which those same organizations treat their most important asset – and in the same breath offers remedies that address them.

Recommended Resources

The Culture Map, by Erin Meyer.

The Fearless Organization, by Amy C. Edmondson.

The Team That Managed Itself, by Christina Wodtke. [New Release!]


About Christina

Christina Wodtke trains companies to move from insight to execution as principal of her firm, Wodtke Consulting. She has led redesigns and initial product offerings for such companies as LinkedIn, Myspace, Zynga, Yahoo!, Hot Studio, and eGreetings. Christina has founded two consulting startups, a product startup, and Boxes and Arrows, an online magazine of design; and she co-founded the Information Architecture Institute.

She’s the author of 101 Theses on Design, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, and her new book about OKRs, Radical Focus. Christina currently teaches the next generation of entrepreneurs at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education. She speaks everywhere from conferences to universities to boardrooms, and opines across the internet, but most often on eleganthack.com.

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