Category: Teamwork

8 Questions That Indicate Whether You Have Trust

You obviously cannot assume everyone trusts you equally. A great way to find out is to survey your people. I am a big fan of Pat Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team Survey, which has questions to evaluate how much team members trust each other. Here is a sample question from that survey to help…

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Do Your Team Members Trust You?

Do you believe your entire team trusts you? How do you know? If you could increase their trust level would it increase performance? If you pay attention, you will notice that you expect everyone to trust you all the time while you give only varying degrees of trust to everyone else. Interestingly, your team operates…

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How Conflict Can Help Your Team

A great way to tell if you have a strong team is by examining the amount of regular, healthy conflicts that occur in meetings. Conflict is actually good. It’s natural and it can result in powerful ideas that save or make the company significant dollars. If you aren’t seeing healthy debate in your meetings, the…

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4 Ways to Create Linsanity on Your Team

Do you have a Jeremy Lin on your team? You might. You may think you understand the potential of every person on your team but the truth is, you could have unbelievable, untapped talent sitting “on the bench” just waiting to be discovered by you—or your competitor. As company leadership we must think like championship…

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Overcoming the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Pat Lencioni identified team behaviors that reduce positive results in an organization. In my opinion, this book is a must-read for all managers and C-level leaders. As the company leader, you are the core of your team. Your primary responsibility is to motivate and…

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Talent Building Lessons – Miami Heat Coup

Acquiring Chris Bosh and LeBron James and retaining Dwyane Wade has created a lot of press for Miami and the Miami Heat. However, there are some critical business principles that all business owners can learn from this experience.

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Building A Winning Team – Making Decisions Stick

Many leaders complain that they hate to go to meetings because they are non-productive. It is common to find that decisions taken at meetings do not stick. Instead, group decisions at meetings become the subjects of post-meeting lobbying. Some team members call separate meetings to try to filibuster the decision. Others take a passive-aggressive approach,…

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Is Your Company Flying in V Formation?

Geese fly in V-formation for aerodynamic efficiency. Are management and staff focused on reaching a common goal through teamwork? How do you know if your teams are staying focused and flying in a V-formation to generate customer retention and loyalty?

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How To Improve Your Team

Millions of dollars are misspent every year on team-building exercises and programs that do not get to the core of unlocking the potential of team performance. Teams are sent to exotic places to participate in fancy programs and fun activities that fail to help them achieve peak performance. This article explores why team-building programs fail…

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