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Build The Team: Alignment vs. Results

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

What do you do if you have someone on your team who produces great results but isn’t exactly an “team-player?” Do you have a prima donna or a lone-wolf on your team? Is there one team member who produces great results but comes up short on the category of “works and plays well with others?”

Teams are complicated organisms, propelled by the energy and interpersonal dynamics of the members.

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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

As you grow as a leader you find yourself spending more time developing people and less time knee-deep in the weeds. Here are four questions to ask your direct reports on a regular basis. If you do so, they will evolve in their ability to deliver results and you will develop as a leader.

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Five Questions To Ask Your Boss

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

Want a better relationship with your boss? It’s easier than you think to create a great working relationship. The secret is effective communications and a mutual understanding of what you expect from each other.

Ask these questions on a regular basis, ensuring that you and your boss are on the same page. Try inserting one or two of them into your one-on-one meetings with your boss — in the most open-ended way you can. Let your boss surprise you!

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Conflict At The Office? A Simple Start to Fixing It.

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

Conflict is a part of life.

It’s brought on by human nature. We each have different goals and dreams, and we each see the world just a little differently.

When you put us in a work environment, these natural forces become amplified — mostly by our ambitions — until they create inordinate amounts of tension, dysfunction, and stress.

This is, no doubt, why 70% of the American workforce is disengaged from their job.

For some reason, we are reluctant to address the conflict. Strange. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Play Hard. Play Fair. Nobody Hurt. Simple rules for great meetings and teams

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

Working together is hard. Running an effective meeting can be even harder. One of the challenges is that everyone wants to be heard. To make it even more challenging, not everyone speaks up.

Setting a few ground rules is one of the surest ways to get everyone engaged while producing amazing results. Let it be known that you expect full engagement and everyone to be pulling in the same direction. My favorite set of ground rules comes out of the “New Games” movement from the 70’s. Their motto was Play Hard. Play Fair. Nobody Hurt. I can’t think of a better set of guiding principles for great meetings and vibrant teams.

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Team Dynamics: Learn, Improve, Repeat.

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

Continuous Improvement” is a mantra for just about all areas of our businesses and — if we’re ambitious — our lives. Companies make huge investments in everything from lean manufacturing to agile software development knowing that the best way to make things better is through steady and continual improvement. We reengineer our business processes to have feedback loops so we can learn from what we have done and build on those learnings.

Learn. Improve. Repeat.

It’s a no-brainer, right? The relentless pursuit of perfection, as Lexus would say. Everything is fair game. Nothing is exempt from the beneficent outcomes of continuous improvement…

Well, almost nothing.

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People follow you because…

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

I believe, however, that pitches are won — and people are willing to follow you — not because you’ve twisted someone’s arm, but because people see that you understand them, that you’ve applied the time and the sensitivity to do so, and that you possess a special gift that can help them reach their heart’s desire. — Kevin Allen, Win the Pitch: Tips from Mastercard’s “Priceless” Pitchman

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Cohesive Leadership

July 15 @ 5:13 pm

A spotlight post highlighting some research on, what I call, Cohesive Leadership, reinforcing what I mean by an aligned organization and a cohesive leadership team. A cohesive leaderhsip team trusts one another, leverages each other’s skills to innovate, commits to a common agenda, and delivers results.

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