Tiimiakatemia on Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulun yrittäjyyden huippuyksikkö

Friend Leadership – A Visual Inspiration Book

Kirjoitettu 22.02.15
Esseen kirjoittaja: Anu Kuivaniemi
Kirjapisteet: 2
Kirja: Friend Leadership – A Visual Inspiration Book
Kirjan kirjoittaja: Heikki Toivanen
Kategoriat: 1. Oppiminen

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The author, Heikki Toivanen, has been my team coach in my penguin year, so it was interesting to see what kind of book he has written about a very familiar subject. It’s not too often when you have the privilege to read a book from someone you know personally.

Before I started reading Heikki’s book, I listed things I am looking answers to from it.


Where to apply:

-coaching bask teams Tevo & Weif during Friend Leadership workshop

-coaching the students at Liikemiesten Kauppaopisto

-for me as a leader in Sopiva


What am I looking for:

-crystallization about Friend leadership

-leader’s character ideas – what kind of leader is a good leader – new ideas to this subject

-3 things to apply in Sopiva

-ideas how to show Sopiva’s team what is Friend Leadership -> my objective as a leader

-reflection ideas about my friend leadership -> reflection paper


What I actually got out of it:

-ideas for making Sopiva a learning environment to all there

-realization that we need to come back to the basics again and start building motivation for work from there



Action plan for Sopiva

1. I will write a story about Sopiva’s history and where I see it is going. You will find that in Finnish from my essay Taivas+ Helvetti vol 1&2. I will use Learning contract’s questions.

2. I need to update my learning contract.

3. I will show Sopiva’s team what a learning contract is.

4. I will challenge them to write their own learning contracts. I will use my newest one as one example, and empty models as other examples. Good questions to ask: Why would someone make a learning contract?

5. We will talk about leading thoughts and update them to suit the current situation. We need to think big! We set up common goals.

6. We will make a team contract and sign it. We use the book Tiimiakatemia to help us with this. Could Sopiva’s team read this book? Good questions to ask: Why the team exists? What is the meaning of the team? What do we expect from the team and each other? What are our roles? What are our team’s rules? What kind of culture we want to create?

7. We will make a visual action plan according to these previous tasks. Everyone’s commitment and responsibilities is shown there. Good questions to ask: What is our motivation for this? What would we do if we weren’t afraid? Is this realistic but challenging enough?

8. We will check development and evaluate our process. We will update our learning contracts on regular basis.

9. We start this all over again. Satisfaction kills development. We set up new goals that will make us reach even further.

10. Key factors during all of this are MOTIVATION AND FUN. We need to make such decisions that interest us and that we can commit to. We can also have fun doing this! It keeps us going and makes everything that much more enjoyable!


Why would someone make a learning contract?

Our learning starts by knowing ourselves. If we don’t know what we can do, how can we know what we would like to be skilled at? If we don’t know who we are, how can we know who we want to be? If we don’t know where we are now, how can we know where we are going?

Learning contract crystallizes our personal vision and what we want to achieve. It isn’t easy to clarify these thoughts, so first we need to study ourselves. Writing down where we have been and where we are now, helps with this.

Next questions, where am I going and how will I know I’m there, gives us an action plan. Sharing the learning contract helps the leader to lead better and others to understand the person better. When everyone knows what others want to achieve, it is possible to help with those goals.

With a learning contract it is possible to learn to focus our energy more to the right things and tasks that will help us getting where we actually want to go instead of going where someone else wants us to go. The quality of usage of time equals success. Of course not every task we need to do can be exactly what we wrote down to the learning contract. We still need to do tasks that are not our ambition and don’t take us straight to the finish line, but it is up to our attitude how we see the bigger picture and take a stand for those tasks.

Learning contract can be updated or re-written any time we want, and a good timeframe could be at least twice a year. That way we won’t get stuck and we will always have fresh ideas and goals at our hands.

If all the team members have a learning contract, we can use them as a platform for the team’s vision, mission and leading thoughts as well as the team contract!




Anu Kuivaniemi

Osuuskunta Mittava Innovations

anu (a) mittava.fi


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