Smart Teams Playbooks

The Smart Teams Playbooks summarise the ideas and concepts from Dermot Crowley’s Smart Teams and Urgent! books.

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The Email Playbook

Turn down the communication noise

Learn how to reduce the level of noise that comes into your collective inboxes.

Email is an efficient communication tool, but when we send and receive too many it becomes a crippling burden. The email noise created within our teams can distract us from our more important priorities, and lead to busy yet unproductive workstyles.

This Playbook looks at powerful strategies and agreements that will help reduce the noise levels within your team forever.


The Meetings Playbook

Count every meeting and make every meeting count

Meetings are often cited as one of the worst drains on corporate productivity.

Meetings are a useful but expensive and resource heavy way to get work done.  For many of us, a great deal of our day is spent in meetings, and if they are not operated effectively in a way that produces results, this can cause a massive drain on our productivity.

This Playbook will help your team spend less time in meetings, and will ensure that the meetings they do attend are focused and effective.


The Collaboration Playbook

Work together more productively

Learning to collaborate productively is critical in today’s workplace.

Today more than ever, we are being asked to collaborate on complex projects, processes and problems with our own teams, with other teams and with a range of stakeholders across our organisation. This collaboration can happen in face-to-face situations, or remotely. The challenge is keeping the work, the progress and the deadlines visible and aligned.

This Playbook looks at how you can leverage the power of tools like Microsoft 365, Teams and Planner to collaborate productively with others.


The Urgency Playbook

Create a sense of urgency, not senseless urgency

Sometimes it seems that everything is urgent, and when that is the case, nothing is really urgent. How do we create a sense of urgency without creating senseless urgency? This Playbook provides practical strategies to get in control of the unproductive urgency in the workplace.

Based on Dermot Crowley’s book Urgent!, it will help you take control and work to shift the urgency culture within your team. This is not just about dialing down the urgency, but about knowing when and how to dial it up or down in a purposeful way.

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