Category: Helping Teams Thrive

Leadership Tip: Recipe for Disaster Ingredients 1 set of missing or unclear expectations 1 dose of poor communication High-stress situation (optional) Instructions 1. Direct team to take action using missing or unclear expectations. 2. Let team members make assumptions, interpretations, and best guesses using poor communication. 3. Wait.

Recipe for Disaster

We need to stop blaming our teams for failing when they aren’t getting the things they need to succeed. Getting clear on expectations, ensuring people have the skills to communicate well, and checking to make sure expectations and communication are being used effectively take a lot of time and energy.   And it’s one of…
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Leadership tip: "Easy" Leadership Goal: Celebrate 1 small victory per day (or week)

Looking For An Easy Leadership Goal?

We are so used to receiving only negative or no feedback. We tend to only get recognition or reward when we’ve accomplished “the big thing” and get little to no recognition for the little efforts and achievements along the way. We often label things as “no big deal” when they actually take a lot of…
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Text - Leadership Tip: are you plagued with boring, ineffective meetings? Image - cartoon face yawning Text - Meet more and mine for conflict Image - two people facing each other in argument, one holding a sign with the word "yes!" and the other holding a sign with the word "no!"

Meetings Don’t Have to Be Horrible

Dreading that upcoming meeting? In his book Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni shares that the answer to terrible meetings isn’t to have less of them. He suggests we should be having more and proposes: ⭐ Daily Check-Ins – a quick 5 minutes with the team to discuss the upcoming day.⭐ Weekly Tacticals – 45 to 90 minutes…
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Focus on the lawn not on the weeds

Focus on the Lawn, Not the Weeds

How much time do you spend talking about the underperformers in your organization?  If you’re like most organizations, it’s a lot.  The 80:20 Rule tends to come into play with underperformers – chances are 20% of the people are taking up 80% of your time.  And draining 80% (or even 100%) of your energy. This…
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Soft Skills Silence Silos

We’re often so focused on doing the work that we miss doing the work that matters. We prioritize selling, creating schedules, developing programs, designing products, manufacturing, and installing. We head off to our respective departments and focus on our respective objectives and the work we believe needs to be done. We focus on our bubble…
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Build your team by discussing values

Looking for A Great Team-Building Activity?

Looking for a great team-building activity? Lead a conversation about values.  If you don’t yet have values: If you have values: If you have defined behaviours: If you’re looking for an easy place to start: Respect and communication are commonly held values that are often not articulated, agreed upon, or documented.  Do the team members…
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High-performing team meetings are different

Team Meetings Feeling Like a Waste of Time?

So often, team meetings become a time to: Meet. Provide update. Complain. Check box. Next. No wonder we dread meetings and feel exhausted after we leave them. When high-performing teams meet, it’s different. They may share some updates, but the focus of the meeting is on strengthening the outcomes of each individual and the team as a whole. Team…
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You can always make a difference

You Can Always Make a Difference

Sometimes you can see so many problems and opportunities, but it feels like you can’t do anything about them. You can’t control the leaders above you.You can’t control your colleagues. You can’t control the people you lead. But the reality is that you can always make a difference. You can INFLUENCE the leaders above you, by…
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Two people in a canoe paddling in opposite directions

Paddling in Opposite Directions

Tired.Frustrated.Demotivated.  So much time, energy, and money expended. And yet we’re still in the same spot on the lake.  I’m angry at them. They’re angry at me.  I’m working hard! We’re getting nowhere. It must be THEIR fault.  If one of the people in the canoe changed direction, in just a few minutes there would be more progress…
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Mutually Agreed Upon Expectation Make A Huge Impact

Making an Impact with Expectations

3 hours. Not a huge amount of time to get results. The organization was struggling with policies and procedures not being followed. The senior leaders were putting a lot of time into dealing with individual incidents while those that remained unaddressed created increasingly large and complex problems in the background. It was creating stress for…
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