Team Effectiveness

Fresh insight into group dynamics to create powerful changes in top teams.

  • What’s Missing From Executive Teams Today?

    What’s Missing From Executive Teams Today?

    It turns out that the executive ecosystem (and in fact your entire organization) suffers for the absence of these endangered species.

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  • Do Your Teammates Know Your Struggles?

    Do Your Teammates Know Your Struggles?

    What a waste when you have teammates who can share the burden and even lighten the load. If you are struggling in silence, ask yourself why.

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  • Dealing With A Co-Worker Who Doesn’t Pull Their Weight

    Dealing With A Co-Worker Who Doesn’t Pull Their Weight

    Take a moment to get in the right mindset before giving any feedback.

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  • Counter-Intuitive Advice on Building Trust

    Counter-Intuitive Advice on Building Trust

    Trust is the basis of a healthy team dynamic. Too little trust and you won’t open up, won’t bother sharing your unique value, and won’t have the courage to broach difficult topics.

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  • In Defence of Senior Management

    In Defence of Senior Management

    There is a widely-held belief that senior management is politically motivated and only behind ideas that add to their own prestige. We have got to stop perpetuating this perspective.

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  • Dealing With Office Politics In Getting Promoted

    Dealing With Office Politics In Getting Promoted

    If you’re hesitant to invest in the political angle of getting a promotion…read on.

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  • The Confidence Curse

    The Confidence Curse

    When you’re confident, capable, and solution-oriented, it can create distance. How does one strike that delicate balance?

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  • Managing Underground Conflict

    Managing Underground Conflict

    Without trust, there’s no confidence to have conflict openly and everyone has retreated into their own biased perspectives.

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  • Infographic - How To Say No To A Good Idea

    Infographic - How To Say No To A Good Idea

    I was giving a speech to the top 400 leaders at a hospital last week. In the Q&A period, I received many great questions, including: “how do I say no to a good idea brought to me by a team member?”

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  • Running a Great Monthly Meeting

    Running a Great Monthly Meeting

    On a regular basis, your team needs to pull out of the operational detail of working in the business and spend some time working on the business. Here's what an effective monthly meeting looks like.

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  • A Better Meeting Structure

    A Better Meeting Structure

    Teams have failed to link the structure (i.e., frequency and duration) of their meetings with the job that needs to be accomplished in those meetings.

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  • Wasted Time in Meetings

    Wasted Time in Meetings

    Teams, and especially executive teams, spend way too much time in the weeds. It’s a colossal waste of time together and, in my experience, the main reason why people are so fed up with meetings.

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  • 10 Questions to Increase Collaboration

    10 Questions to Increase Collaboration

    As the leader of a team, you have a strong obligation in fostering teamwork. For me, teamwork requires two things: 1) a shared goal; 2) interdependence. Have you set your team up with both?

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  • How to Provide Input Constructively

    How to Provide Input Constructively

    In three sessions with three different teams recently, the key theme has been the lack of shared ownership: A phenomenon one participant described as “everyone swimming their own race.“

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  • When To Seek Input From Your Teammates

    When To Seek Input From Your Teammates

    Many of the team members I’m working with right now feel caught between two opposing forces.

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  • How to go faster

    How to go faster

    In my previous post, I talked about the blight of teams today: the overpowering compulsion to go fast. I’m not delusional and arguing for a return to the leisurely pace of the good old days....

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  • You're Not Going As Fast As You Think

    You're Not Going As Fast As You Think

    Teams try to move fast at the expense of knowing where they are going. Inevitably, these are the teams that make the least meaningful progress.

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  • Good and Bad Stress

    Good and Bad Stress

    Recent studies suggest that 50% of office workers are experiencing significant stress at work. But is all stress bad? Is there good stress? This was a question posed to me by client recently.

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  • Tsunami of Stress

    Tsunami of Stress

    Stress is no joking matter. You definitely need to stop accepting the bumpf that stress is “par for the course,” because the more important you are the more stressed you are.

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  • On the merits of productive disengagement

    On the merits of productive disengagement

    Thank you to those of you who have sent notes complaining about the...

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