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   1ST EDITION 6 MARCH 2018  WELCOME TO THE EXECUTIVE TEAM Entering the Sausage-Making Factory  Coen Bester  Editor
HEY  NOBODY IS PERFECT   This book is dedicated to all the soles who have been called to serve on an executive team.  It c...
READ THIS BOOK     YOUR OWN RISK There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when th...
SERINDIPITY For 10 of the last 12 years, John Vars served on the executive teams at TaskRabbit, Say Media and Dogster, Inc...
IT   S MESSY HERE  You   ve just been promoted to the Executive Team at your company. Congratulations   We are   certain y...
THE CLAIM  Wikipedia claims that senior management, executive management, or the management team is generally a team of in...
EVERYBODY IS CLUELESS Being promoted to the Executive Team is an exciting milestone in anyone   s career, however it can a...
FUZZY   REALITY Behind closed doors you realize that The Plan is a bit fuzzy. It dawns on you that it is not a foregone co...
1.CONFLICT The best executive teams encourage debate and even conflict. They take sides and dig in. They get passionate. T...
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS How else did you think it works     A team is a conflict-in-process.   Listen what renown...
2.WHO THE HELL   DECIDES  It   s often confusing for a newcomer to understand how a well-functioning team makes decisions....
3.DISAGREEMENT. NOW WHAT  As you sit in this executive meeting you maybe thinking,    okay, we have a decision, but severa...
4. LET ME TELL YOU HOW YOU ARE SUCKING Whether you   re the CEO or the intern, it   s your job to give feedback, ask for f...
5.CALLING EACH OTHER OUT It   s usually unpleasant to get called out for not delivering on a commitment. It   s equally un...
6 .REALLY  FEELINGS  Conflict, disagreement, commitment, accountability, feedback   it all sounds pretty harsh, right    H...
7.WHAT TEAM ARE YOU ON ANYWAY   Executives spend most of their week running their functional departments whether that be O...
DEAL WITH IT  Yep, every   company   is different and every executive team will have their own quirks, habits, and unique ...
AFTERTHOUGHTS So you decided to stay at your current company despite some alarm signals  Let s assume it s because   you b...
CONVINCE YOURSELF The scenario we talked about on the previous pages is actually not fiction. You can leverage the ideas t...
SOFT IS HARD As you can see, the foundation of the teamwork pyramid is TRUST. No trust, no team. Simply put, if YOU don t ...
FEAR NOT Almost nobody likes the idea of conflict, so don t  feel alone. View  productive  conflict as the sign   of peopl...
BUY-IN The purpose of a meeting is not to get your way. Nor is it to get even. It is to get buy-in. This includes you  par...
A DIRTY LITTLE SECRET Are you prepared to call your peers on actions or behaviors that are counter-productive to achieving...
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS Sorry to spoil your day. If you don t make a difference you don t  matter. And without results the...
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