It’s a very difficult environment in which to establish and foster trust. That’s a problem because trust is one of the most important factors for building high performing teams. Trust supports open and effective communication, it makes you comfortable with higher levels of conflict, and both communication and conflict underpin high quality decision making. As Stephen M.R.
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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.
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.
Dealing With A Co-Worker Who Doesn’t Pull Their Weight
Take a moment to get in the right mindset before giving any feedback.
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.
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.
Dealing With Office Politics In Getting Promoted
If you’re hesitant to invest in the political angle of getting a promotion…read on.
The Confidence Curse
When you’re confident, capable, and solution-oriented, it can create distance. How does one strike that delicate balance?
Managing Underground Conflict
Without trust, there’s no confidence to have conflict openly and everyone has retreated into their own biased perspectives.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.“
When To Seek Input From Your Teammates
Many of the team members I’m working with right now feel caught between two opposing forces.
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....
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.
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.
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.
On the merits of productive disengagement