Team Organization

May 14, 2014

Why Good Leadership Matters in Business

  I was having a conversation recently with a business executive about why good management and leadership matters in business.  It sounds self explanatory, and no one disputes it in a general sense, but when you look at the specific impact of a great leader or manager on a team, it starts to become clear […]
March 26, 2014

Five Steps to Make Sure Your Team Building Is Not Wasted Time

  We get a lot of requests to do team building.  Often, after initial conversations with the client, traditional “team building” is not what we end up delivering.  At least it’s not all of what we end up delivering to help the team become stronger.  Our first step is to learn more from the team’s […]
January 27, 2014

Developing Leaders: A Process That Works

  I was working with a business leader recently when I asked him what his process was for developing leaders in his business.  That question was followed by some crickets and then, well,  more crickets loosely disguised as an answer. It’s ironic that we have a process for so many things that mean much less […]
July 10, 2012

The 8 Vectors of Organizational Change

  When I was back in college and thought I was smart enough to become an engineer, I remember learning all about vectors in physics class.  A vector is an arrow that represents direction and force.  As I work with organizations to help them manage change, the same concept comes into play.  When a business […]
June 13, 2012

What A Leadership Development Program Should Teach

  I’ve had the opportunity to build leadership development programs for many different kinds of organizations and occasionally I get asked about the most important things that a leadership development program should focus on in order to get results.  Many programs feel good to the organization, because they are doing something for their leaders, but […]
April 30, 2012

Does Your Team Take Risks, or Play it Safe

  Adult humans aren’t very good at taking risks.  I say adult humans because kids are fantastic at it.  At one of my kids’ baseball games recently I was watching the players who hit what should have been triples almost refuse to stop at third base.  A triple wasn’t their definition of success, a home run was.  […]
November 7, 2011

How to Create More Engaged Employees in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps

  When I work with clients, one of the things that they are always looking for more of is employee engagement.  For many, it is the holy grail of productivity, innovation, and efficiency.  When people are engaged at all levels of the business, problems get solved faster, accountability is rampant, and senior business leaders can […]
September 25, 2011

Are You Accountable for Your Team’s Future?

  I love college football and watch it every weekend during the season. One game in the past stood out in particular, not because of a crazy play or huge victory, instead I was struck by one of the comments from the coach. He said “I’m disappointed in myself and how we came out to play. When you […]
January 11, 2011

Is Your Business Ready To Be Better?

  Will your business be different this year than it was last year, different this quarter than it was last quarter? So much of what people talk about in business these days is the pace of change but many times the problem in business is actually driving change that lasts and change that matters instead […]
July 30, 2009

If You’re the Boss, You’re Being Lied To

  I was working with the president of a business once and he was describing to me how all of the employees had committed the business’ value statement to memory and that every sales associate would start their conversations with customers using the value statement. That way the customer clearly understood how the business could […]