Archive for the ‘Team Building’ Category

Tips for Managing Your Relationships

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”  Margaret Wheatley Relationships are all we have. They are critical. Our personal and professional lives can not be separate – […]

10 Ways to Deal with Difficult People

Try on their shoes. Well maybe you can’t actually try on one of their shoes but you can imagine stepping into them for a few minutes. When someone is being difficult, excuse yourself for a moment and imagine – really imagine – what their life is like. What are they struggling with, where have they […]

Grow Your Leadership Skills [7]

Turn up the music. Music inspires us, brings up our mood and creates a more relaxed atmosphere. Turn on some music in your office and see if it makes a difference. Let your employees listen to music if it’s appropriate. Music has a way of making every the most boring jobs more manageable and more […]

GROW Your Leadership Skills [4]

Conduct employee check-ins. Check-in with each employee every quarter. Take the time face-to-face to check-in and see how they are. Ask them what’s working, what needs improvement and how you can better serve them. Be genuine and consistent with your check-ins. They only work when you work them consistently over time. Have a fight. Yes […]

Dare to GIVE Back

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar When I think of leadership – I think of giving.  Leadership isn’t about me – it’s about others. I want to be the kind of leader leading from behind – focusing on helping my […]

12 Easy Ways to ENGAGE Your Team

1. Focus on what is right. It’s easy to focus on all the negative stuff, all the things that are not working. It takes commitment to focus on what’s right. To stand back and assess our workplace and team through the lens of what’s working. Take some time right now and come up with a […]

Can We Change Workplace Culture?

Can we really change the culture of our workplace? Do we even care enough to want to? Is it our job? Changing the culture of an organization is an enormous task.  It’s hard work and will take time. But the rewards are worth the effort. In order to make changes in an organization we must first […]

Be GOSSIP Free

We could change the entire American workplace by giving up one thing – GOSSIP. Gossip destroys workplace morale faster than anything. Yet the reason it continues to exist is that we love it. Now we don’t ‘admit’ we love it but most of us do – at least a little bit. The problem with gossip […]

GIVE more…

I was recently on a plane that had to make an emergency landing. It was quite scary – especially when there were emergency vehicles lining the run way when we landed. Yet the fear I felt during those moments while landing wasn’t what I remember about that night. What I remember is how people acted. […]

Developing Excellent Teams

“If you could get all of the people in your organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, any market against any competition.” Patrick Lencioni I recently read and then reread Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. It was a fabulous book – full of things we NEED to know […]