Why I wrote my latest book

Andrew Jenkins at the launch of his second book in July 2017
Posted on: Sunday 23, July 2017
Category: Leadership Development

When leaders and teams are given the time and space to learn how to grow into a high performance team, then magic happens at many different levels! 

My latest book, (see below), was recently published. And the lead up to it created quite a buzz on Social Media with lots of people asking why I had chosen to write about this topic.

So what was my rationale?

Well, firstly, I wanted to take the courage to share my expertise in developing high performance teams openly. Secondly, I wrote this book for leaders to recognise the importance to develop their people and teams to achieve success in their business and for their people too. Thirdly developing high performance has great personal pay offs for team members too.

Let's explore these in more detail:

Share not hoard

On a warm July evening this year, the publisher organised a book launch for three new books including mine in Kensington, London. These events are always fun and relaxed. Many guests came along to celebrate this event and members of the publishing team, as well as fellow authors of the Authority Guide Series. My fellow authors and I were asked to say a few words about my book. So, I talked about my desire to be open and share my knowledge and expertise rather than hoarding it, that some consultants and so called experts seem to do. I said that my book was deliberately written to change that perception.  I have to say that was not easy for me either, as it took a lot of courage to do that.

Those of you who have already worked with me know that I have a strong commitment to encouraging reciprocity: 

"When you give from a place of not taking, people will want to give back." (Mark Schaefer – Author and expert on Digital Marketing).

That means that I would love to get a return flow of insights and ideas from anyone who uses any of the practical tools and accessible exercises in my upcoming book. In fact, that is already happening. The reviews I am receiving both directly on my website and Amazon are saying exactly that.

Here's an example:

'This book is a mine of information and ideas, complimented by a very generous resources section. Wow! What a boost to the work I do with Leaders and Teams - I can't thank you enough. I'm sure this little book will be of huge value to other 'game changers' (e.g. Coaches, Consultants, Business Owners and Managers) who use it. Highly recommended!' (Emmy Y)

So for me, a great outcome would be where experts stop hoarding information and openly share it instead. That way the sum of knowledge increases by more people collaborating on the quest to refine even better ways to develop high performing teams. That way everybody wins.

Working as a high performance team

But, sadly very few people I talk to about high performance have ever worked in a high performance team. However, those lucky ones that have speak about it with joy and delight. I have been fortunate enough to lead a high-performance team (HPT), and it was a great privilege and an addictive one. I still look back at that time as a peak experience. Since then, one of my primary motivations is to help other teams achieve this too.

I often talk to people about the need to feel that their work has a purpose beyond the paycheck. That it somehow has to count and that their very best work makes a difference and that it makes the world better in some way. It is this that drives me to teach others to find purpose and joy in their work.

Happy at work, happy at home

I have always believed in the joy of work. When teams learn how to grow into a high performance team, people find tremendous satisfaction in their work too. That has a positive knock-on effect in their home lives as well - their partners, families and friends all benefit.

Fulfilled and satisfied individuals at work tell me they speak more to their partners and their children when they get home at night.

Imagine for a moment:

"What if you enjoyed your work so much, that as soon as you wake up and your feet hit the floor you feel excited about the day ahead?

How would it feel if you went to work singing and at the end of the day came home again whistling?"

Learning high performance requires a process

By focusing on your people and approaches to improve teamwork is a winning formula towards achieving success. That is because it provides the ongoing motivation for your people to grow and enjoy their work.

Over time I have been committed to teaching leaders and teams to get the most out of their work and achieve their very best.  Today I have a proposition that blends a mix of tried and tested tools, personal growth, developing authenticity, emotional intelligence along with a focus on business and leadership culture.

Another key to high performance is to help teams and leaders to overcome common development needs that stand in the way of achieving their goals. I often find the willingness to face up to conflict and to sort out common issues lacking in many teams.

To tackle development issues and to grow a team is about setting up the right atmosphere for people to change and learn, trust, relate and collaborate well with one another.

When teams are given the time and space to learn to do this, then magic happens!

Summary

It is for all these reasons that I wrote Developing High Performance Teams. In this way, I can share what I have found to be a winning team development process with a wider audience. My desire is to make these tools and techniques readily accessible and out there for anybody to use who is interested.

So my overriding intention is to make it easy for others to take my HPT ideas and expertise and a make them their own and run with them. Hence me writing this book.

So, are you making the most of the greatest asset in your business?

To make your good business a great business I believe is more than just a having a strong product or service and robust processes. Becoming a high-performing team is guaranteed to give you a sustained competitive advantage. 

Why do this? 

Well, I believe that we will all benefit by doing so. 

Whether you are a leader, business executive, owner or entrepreneur we can all make the world better. We can all collectively make a difference to our organisations through exceptional teamwork. One small nudge at a time.

To give you further insight into my approach to developing leaders and teams then have a read of some of my recent blog posts, 'Bitten by the unwritten', “High Performing Teams – Fact or Fantasy?” and “The Trust Factor – Important of Not?” 

Here's an extract from the back cover of my book:

Andrew Jenkins helps you discover how to cultivate in your people the willingness to grow as individuals and as a group. Packed with easy-to-follow activities, exercises and models this Authority Guide explains how to build a high performing, collaborative, trusting and resilient team. 

The new book is designed to be a toolkit for managers, consultants, trainers and facilitators.

The content can be mixed and matched to suit any team’s needs. The key to the book is that I have made it straight forward enough so that people have the freedom and confidence to pick it up, try it and give it a go.

So if you want a copy, then head over to the link below. Or if you'd like a personalised signed copy, then contact me directly - I'd love to send you one.

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[This blog is updated and amended version of an older blog called, Why I wrote my upcoming book Originally published May 2017.]

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I am a skilled leadership and team facilitator and development consultant. Please contact me today to discuss how you and your organisation can benefit from developing your team in emotional intelligence development or high performance team programmes. Call 07795 182 860 or email andrew@pdx-consulting.com to arrange an informal discussion.

I deliver 1 and 2-day practical workshops and 4 and 6-day (2 days per quarter) high-performance training programmes alongside emotional intelligence development, one-to-one coaching packages NLP to teach your leaders, managers, and teams these skills.

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(My first book - helps you create personal change and how to overcome your conditioning to reach your true authentic self.)

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Other Leadership Blogs

High Performance Teams Fact or Fantasy - Blog Post

Leadership - Who is Pulling Your Strings -Leadership development blog from Andrew Jenkins Leadership Development Consultant and Coach

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Photos

Me swanking about at my book launch on 20th July, Waterstones, Kensignton, London.


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TYAS YUMA SIRSYAM

Absolutely Brilliant Book.

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