Leadership, Genuine, Meaningful and Productive

One of the best lessons I have learned is the impact and importance of leadership. It is so easy to identify dysfunctional leadership in a company (or of a governmental entity!). Many times, the common misconception is that the executives in the "ivory tower" sit around and relax, while the... Read More

Characteristics of High Performance Teams

Abstract: Based on significant research, Entelechy has defined characteristics of effective teams.Entelechy reviewed over 50 studies on high performance teams and compiled a list of high performance team characteristics. We grouped characteristics into eight categories as indicated on the graphic below.Participative LeadershipAligned On Purpose And VisionTask Focused Shared Responsibility Innovative... Read More

Building Teams -You see it everywhere

A college football team has it. A corporation has it. Even a growing family has it. These three organizations share a common desire to build their prospective teams. For example, a college football team continually needs to bring in new players to replace the graduating players. A corporation builds its... Read More

Company Picnic Ideas and Planning Tips

The company picnic is a beloved tradition at many firms.It's an opportunity for employees to mingle and "let down their hair."A well organized company picnic with planned activities can help integrate employees with each other. This is particularly important if the company has undergone recent reorganization. As such it functions... Read More

Building High Performing Teams: Putting the I Back in Teamwork

Ever watched a really brilliant idea meet with resistance and die? Or been involved in the battle of wills created when two people (or two departments) meet head on with their independent agendas? Equally painful perhaps, have you ever sat through one tireless and non-productive meeting after the next? Believe... Read More

Yes, But What Are You Really Saying?

More and more I hear people misunderstanding what someone else has said to them, especially when it came through a memo or email. This can lead to a great deal of turmoil at work and affect morale.You see, when we are standing in front of a person, we pay more... Read More

A Team That Gleamed

Too many techies get a bad rap for lacking teamwork and communications skills. The stereotype is that while techies are great at what they are trained to do, they cannot parlay their knowledge onto others. Because of the stereotype that techies cannot communicate, they also can be stigmatized that they... Read More

Empower Your Trainees

One of the most memorable quotes that I heard from a trainer came from a man I knew named Rizal:"As trainees, you are supposed to interrupt me if you don't understand something. You are supposed to ask questions. But you are not to go ahead of where we are in... Read More

Effective Team Building For Organizational Success

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." -Andrew CarnegieTeam building and team work is the key driver in organizational productivity. The days of the lone... Read More

Effective Brainstorming

Most managers simply herd some people in a room with a flip chart and call it a brainstorming session. Yet there is a definite process that maximizes the size and quality of the idea pool. While there are hundreds of valid techniques for doing this, below are just some of... Read More

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High Performing Teams: 10 Things You Want To Know About Building A High Performing Team

"Conflict becomes politics, commitment becomes 'Only if it's in my... Read More

Motivation - Dont Make Your Team Uncomfortable

The people in your team may feel a bit uncomfortable... Read More

Whats Your REAL problem??

When was the last time you spent excessive time and... Read More

Business Innovation ? Group Creativity

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

Book Summary: The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

A follow-up companion reader to The 17 Indisputable Laws of... Read More

What College Taught Me About Teamwork Training

I declared a Communications Major two years into school, after... Read More

Communication between franchisees in a franchise system

If you own a franchise you would be wise to... Read More

Marche, or How Teams Work.

On the trail in Northern Canada "Marche" was the word... Read More

The Magic and Mystery of Teams

As the world of manufacturing has become increasingly competitive, managers... Read More

Constructive Group Dynamics: How to Go from the S.N.I.P.P.Y. Syndrome to a C.L.E.A.R. V.I.E.W.

If asked to look at your work calendar for the... Read More

Story Telling With a Purpose

For a brief time, I tried to sell life insurance.... Read More

Franchisee Relations and Team Work

Franchisees of a particular franchise must get along in order... Read More

Trust: A Critical Factor to Your Teams Success

True or false? Teams that practice good teamwork contribute to... Read More

Putting the I in Team

This sports cliche is a memorable phrase that reminds people... Read More

4 Tips for Keeping a Team Motivated

Companies often have incentives for reps, but sometimes that isn't... Read More

Hand Out Warm Glows

Do you remember how you felt after your last interaction... Read More

Aligning Teams with Organizational Goals

Teams don't have to be aligned with the goals of... Read More

Yes, But What Are You Really Saying?

More and more I hear people misunderstanding what someone else... Read More

3 Steps To Successfully Build A Team In Any Program

Any x by y matrix plan has one big risk...... Read More

4 Tips for Keeping a Team Motivated

Companies often have incentives for reps, but sometimes that isn't... Read More

Building The Winning Team

Winning teams aren't created by accident. Rather, the team or... Read More

Station Teams: Assembly Required

Too often teams aren't assembled. They just happen. A project... Read More

Manage Expectations to Reduce Everyday Frustrations

Just today my partner Russ and I sat down to... Read More

Motivating Teams

Introduction:Working with teams, whether as leader of a single team... Read More

Solitude Vs Teamwork!

Irrespective of any given situation, "Team Work Works!" It is... Read More

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