Category Archives: Teams

Creating Winning Teams

Last weekend, I accompanied my son and his marching band to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Grand Nationals. I’m no stranger to marching band (having been involved in high school), but at BOA, I saw some amazing stuff. I saw … Continue reading

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Are poor communications sinking your team?

We all know that strong communications is important to effective team work. If you read through the description for any leadership position, I can almost guarantee it will include “strong written and oral communication skills.” And yet, poor communication is one … Continue reading

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Volunteering vs. VolunTELLING

I recently contributed to an article about the new role of volunteering in the workplace. Offering volunteer opportunities (or corporate social responsibility, CSR) is fast becoming a positive differentiator in recruitment and retention. On the surface, this looks like a win-win-win: companies … Continue reading

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5 Ways to be a better team member

There are a lot of articles out there talking about how to be a good team leader. For certain, the success of a team can depend heavily on the attitude and actions of its leader. But it is not fair to … Continue reading

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Why can’t I get a volunteer?

One of the greatest challenges for any leader is getting volunteers. Whether it is getting someone to pick up extra work on a project or finding people to set up for a fundraising event, the success of the project relies on … Continue reading

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Leadership: How good was your first time?

For many of us, our first foray into team leadership comes on a small project team or perhaps a volunteer committee. When this experience goes well, we seek additional, growing levels of leadership, which usually correspond to greater personal or professional success. But what about when that first leadership foray goes wrong? Continue reading

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Stormy Teams (Or why you should always bring an umbrella to a meeting)

It strikes me that meteorology provides a perfect analogy for working with a team. Continue reading

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Firing your weakest link won’t help your team

    “Take a moment now to reflect on the performance of each team member. Think of the lowest-performing team member. By default, that person’s level of performance sets the standard for acceptable performance on your team–it’s the performance level … Continue reading

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Conflict isn’t a 4-Letter Word (I counted … twice)

This article first appeared on my personal blog on August 11, 2015, so if you think it looks familiar … I was helping to facilitate a leadership workshop with a group of Millennials. As you could probably predict, part of … Continue reading

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Accountable Teams: The Myth, The Legend

Even though teams are the key to taking our businesses further, they are also one of the things managers (at all levels) complain about the most. Specifically, managers complain about the difficulty of creating accountable teams. Continue reading

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