Productivity

How Do I Stop the Drama without Engaging in it Myself??

I recently conducted a webinar for a large group and had this question come up.  It’s one I hear quite often, actually.  I can answer it simply but realize that execution can be a bit more difficult.  The results are well worth it though, so give it a try. I prescribe to the concept of […]

Tackle the 4 D’s of Discipline Avoidance

Creating the dynamic team of your dreams requires great communication both of expectations and of issues.  Most employees will respond well to correction.  They will appreciate the feedback, take it to heart and make the required changes.

Some employees, however, have no desire to change and will do whatever it takes to remain stuck where […]

Does Your Team Even Like Puzzles?

Recently I was working with a client and we got talking about puzzles, believe it or not! We were discussing how he likes to work. He said he likes to have a clear endpoint for a project but the opportunity to be creative in how he gets there. He likes his work to be like a puzzle. It was such a great analogy! I asked if I could use it in an article.

Are you Monitoring Your Progress?

I talk a lot about mission. You must have a mission. Make sure your team is fired up about your mission. But missions can be huge! How do you know that you are moving towards your mission? What progress should you make each week; each month; each year?

What Do You Do in the Gap?

In every relationship, including those at work, we have expectations. We expect others to act a certain way, respond to situations the way we’d like, care about the same things we care about. If you are someone who sets the bar high for yourself, chances are you also set it high for the people you share your work and life with. The problem is

Are you an Inspiration or filled with Desperation?

Every once in a while I run across a great read that so succinctly says what I’ve been telling my clients for years. “The Oz Principle” by Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman is one of them. It fires me up! Accountability, by their definition, is not derived through punishment and consequences but rather through ownership and empowerment. Their specific definition is:

Team Norms: What are Yours?

A norm is an often unstated rule that governs how people act in a group. New members of a team usually learn the norms through observation or trial and error. These norms can work for your business or against it. Left to their own devices, teams can become toxic, aka drama-filled! An employee arrives in a bad mood. The group norm is to complain and whine about everything. Perfect! He or she fits right in! Even a new employee who starts off with high energy can get sucked in and turn sour.

Leadership Lessons from a Climbing Adventure – Part 4 in a Series

I went rock climbing recently. It was a ball! I used to make time for it consistently and hope to make it more of a priority again.

It’s always fun to revisit an activity like that after years. You find that you have a whole new perspective. I am at a very different place in […]

No Mission? You’ve Got Drama!

Yes, it’s true! I have been preaching it to my clients for years now. You must have a clear mission for your business. Why?

Leadership Lessons from a Climbing Adventure – Part 2 in a Series

I went rock climbing recently. It was a ball! I used to make time for it consistently and hope to make it more of a priority again. I guess that I must still feel pretty at ease way up the wall because my mind was on more than where I would put my foot or hand next. I couldn’t help but think about how many analogies there are to make between climbing and leadership.