Jerk-Free Leadership - How to use a team charter


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1 Day


Cohort-based Course

This is your secret weapon to get your team performing at its best.

Course overview

People quit their boss, not their company.

A leader's job is to align your team. And a team charter is a simple & powerful tool that helps you do just that.

Help your team do more with less and do it better through clear expectations and good relationships.

Who is this one-day workshop for


Busy Managers who need their teams to show up and get the work done — with no need to micromanage them.


New Managers who want to set your team (and yourself) up for success from the start — and those who need to re-set a struggling team too.


HR / L&D Leaders who want to build a cohort of skilled team leaders across a company (a great use of a professional development stipend!).

What you’ll get out of this workshop

A simple procedure to guide a complex process.

A team charter is an easy-to-use tool that moves a team through the stages of team development (forming, storming, norming & performing) quickly and without missing steps (that you'll have to do over later).

When to set boundaries and when to allow agency.

One of the hardest things for leaders to navigate is knowing how much freedom to allow their teams to have. We'll dig deep on this topic and give you some simple heuristics to follow.

What to do when things go wrong.

No two teams are the same and no process is 100% fool proof. I'll help you understand where charters can go wrong and how to modify your approach when they do.

The question that changes everything.

There's one question you can ask your team that will unlock their potential. But you have to come to class to find out what it is (or just follow my writing because I do talk about it a lot 😊).

What people are saying

        Bob is one of the very few people I've ever met who has years of experience, and is well-versed in the latest, cutting-edge approaches. He's incredibly high IQ and high EQ — that is very, very rare. He's a pretty special consultant and advisor.
Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin

CEO, General Assembly
        If you want to improve your Leadership and Management skills, take this course. Things I loved: Bob is a fantastic facilitator and sessions are interactive and collaborative. We didn’t glide across the surface, we dug in and I could use the material right away. It was SO valuable to learn with other students from a range of industries. Thanks, Bob!
Brian Shea

Brian Shea

Salesforce Consultant
        Successful communication leads to intentional action, which can only happen with enrollment. Bob's work offers you a  breakthrough in finding all three.
Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Author of "Leap First"
        Bob provides a simple set of tools that will help you and your team align and thrive.
Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

CEO and author of "How to Be an Inclusive Leader"

Meet your instructor

Bob Gower

Bob Gower

Author & Advisor

Bob Gower is passionate about helping people work together to create better outcomes.

In his 30+ year career he's led creative and technical teams in web design, newspaper design & production, software development; and organizational design and transformation.

Bob is a leading authority on agile development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, and the author of two books: "Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity" and "Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations That Will Transform Your Business and Your Life."

He's advised leaders at numerous companies—including New York Public Radio, General Assembly, GE, Ford, Spotify and many more.

He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management and frequently keynotes gatherings (on four continents and counting) on what it takes to build great teams and organizations.

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Workshop agenda

3 Hours
  • Friday December 9

    10:00AM - 1:00PM ET

    This interactive class includes:

    • Lecture,
    • Discussion, &
    • Time to work on your own team charter.

    You'll also receive resources to guide your work with your team including a Workbook & Slide deck

  • Community

    Participants also get ongoing access to Bob's weekly office hours and private Slack group of motivated, human-centered leaders like you.

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