Change Your Team

For people who care about great teamwork

  • 3 Big mistakes you make when trying to influence

    Imagine that you need additional resources to finish your project on time. Or you’re lobbying to get your choice in a procurement process. Or you want the design of a new product to go a certain...

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  • When feedback triggers backlash

    I love the questions I get at the end of a keynote. This week I got a couple of really good ones. The first was, “How do I handle it when someone asks for feedback and then responds poorly when I...

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  • Tips to improve the connection when you communicate

    Great communication creates a strong connection between you and your audience. Unfortunately, if you’re self-conscious, ill prepared, or wedded to business school formality, you’re probably...

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  • How to handle the quiet person on your team

    In my last post, I shared my response to an audience member who asked how to reduce the impact of the person on her team who needs to talk everything out. You can read that post here. As I was...

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  • How to handle someone who talks too much

    “I’m trying to chair efficient meetings, but I have someone on my team who always needs to talk it out before coming to a decision. How can I reduce the amount of time he takes up in our...

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  • Restart

    I’m back. After four wonderful weeks of vacation with my family, I’m back at home (well actually, I’m wrote this on the plane en route to my first speech of the season) and back to work. I’m...

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  • What’s wrong with balance

    At least once a day I hear someone talk about the importance of balance. Balance is the elusive state of having two or more things in the right proportion or the right emphasis, amount, or weight....

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  • Dealing with a hold out

    When we get invited to help a team become high performing, occasionally, there is a team member who doesn’t want to participate in the process. It all starts innocuously; the team leader starts by...

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  • Maybe you shouldn’t give feedback

    I have a new speech that I’m working on called “The New Nice.” It’s the culmination of all my work on increasing productive conflict and getting comfortable being uncomfortable. One of the topics...

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  • How smart is your team?

    Since the seminal work of Charles Spearman at the turn of the 20th century, we have been studying, measuring, and eventually selecting for, individual intelligence. If you want to, you can find...

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  • Strategic execution needs to be more inclusive

    Facilitating executive teams as they develop their business strategies is one of my favorite things to do.  I love learning about shifting dynamics in individual industries and about macro-trends...

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  • Practices that inhibit good talent management

    I got all excited in my last post about the shady dealings that plague team’s efforts to manage talent effectively; hiding, protecting, hoarding, and stealing good people.  As I was writing, I...

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  • Talent management shenanigans

    A great test of whether or not a leadership team has high trust is how they handle the movement of people across different departments.  More often than not, shady dealings expose the true nature...

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  • Why decision making is not so simple

    You make decisions each and every day about what is the most important priority for your team. At least I hope you do. But I’m starting to worry that many managers aren’t making these decisions....

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  • A two week cleanse

    If you had nothing but flour and water to eat, you would survive for a while. But combine this flour and water and make it into bread and you would be nourished for a lifetime. This is a...

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  • Adam Grant versus Brené Brown: Two Truths are Better than One

    I never thought I would witness a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em battle royale between heavyweight social scientists, but that’s exactly what’s playing out in the media this week. In one corner is Adam Grant,...

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  • When you’re not the subject matter expert

    I’ve watched you do it. While you’re presenting your content at the meeting, you’re interested and engaged and you add so much value. I love your passion and your feisty defense of your plan. But...

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  • Preparing for a new leader

    A change in team leadership can be highly disruptive. I’m on post three of a three-part series on succession and its impact on teams. I started with what to do (and not do) if you’ve decided to...

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  • Surviving a succession race on your team

    A few experiences recently triggered me to start a series on changes in team leadership. In the first post, I talked about the decision to vie for your boss’ job and how to behave while you’re in...

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  • When your team needs a new leader

      Three events recently have got me thinking about leadership transitions and their impact on teams. First, I attended a one-day conference of Industrial Psychology practitioners and heard a panel...

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