Category Archives: Teamwork

That’s the Wrong Answer!

  I was working with a group of manufacturing frontline leaders, and we were talking about the characteristics of a high performance team.  One of the characteristics is a shared vision. So, how does a team know if every member … Continue reading

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The “If / Because / In spite of” Dynamics of Motivation

   At a manufacturing plant in Illinois, a foreman told me he returned from vacation to find his crew had accomplished very little during his time away.  He was disappointed in production numbers, and I could tell he was disappointed … Continue reading

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The Fearless Front Line

I have just read and reviewed a new book written by a friend and colleague, Ray Attiyah. His leadership philosophies help us understand how to engage front line workers in a way that creates ownership of their business. In the … Continue reading

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Beyond Civility

  The elections are upon us, and now, more than ever, we need honest communication to move our country, our states, our counties, cities and communities in a positive direction. For the past several months, I’ve been involved in a joint … Continue reading

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The Secret Power of Introverts

A friend of mine recently posted an article on his facebook page that caught my attention. It’s from Forbes.com and is entitled “The Secret Power of Introverts”.  In it, the author explains that the American workplace tends to favor, and … Continue reading

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“None of us is as smart as all of us”

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” These words were uttered by the comic strip character, Pogo.  I recently thought about this sentiment as I was browsing through my old educational journals and saw a consistent theme: … Continue reading

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A Process for Building Consensus

Not every issue in an organization can be decided using a consensus model.  At the same time, when parties are invited to participate in organizational outcomes, an increase in ownership and engagement can be the result. There are several ways … Continue reading

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The Anxious Organization

I am a great fan of the book The Anxious Organization by Jeff Miller, a management consultant, therapist and coach.  He clearly articulates what happens to people within an organization when leaders fail to demonstrate centered thinking and calm behavior during … Continue reading

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Talking About Your New Role

  It is common that people will move along a career path in an organization. This takes place when a promotion is granted, a lateral move occurs or a new title is bestowed.  When this happens, the dance steps change … Continue reading

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Accountability

I was facilitating a team discussion several months ago, and the team agreed to enter into a written commitment for how they would work together. One member of the team suggested that all team members commit to accountability. Immediately someone … Continue reading

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