A coach or mentor who encourages you, and sincerely wants you to do your best, is the best asset any manager can have. I found that out the hard way many years ago. As a new manager at a Fortune 500 company I took the attitude that the reason I got promoted over the others was because I was smarter, faster, more decisive, and had more energy than everyone else. Continue reading “Mentoring: Gaining Wisdom Without Risk” »
This is an awesome activity for developing cooperation among team members and to gain problem solving experience. It works best with groups of four to eight people and requires 10 to 15 minutes. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: To Build a Bridge” »
I recently had a tough decision to make regarding a business venture. On the upside, it was a potential opportunity to considerably increase revenues. On the downside, it would consume substantial resources and precious personal time. Continue reading “Removing the Doubt from Decision-Making” »
This blog is NOT about buying a new car…but it IS about the decision-making process I used this week in THINKING about buying a new car. Continue reading “What Was I Thinking? To Buy a New Car…or Not?” »
Happy New Year! Per our tradition, Joe and I are spending the week updating our strategic plans. We review the past year’s metrics while noting our accomplishments and things we would have done differently. We also reflect on the upcoming years – the opportunities and our threats/limitations to our businesses. You can take a look at the process we use each year here and here as well as how to turn it into a Daily Useful Living One-Page Plan.
As we go through this period of reflection, we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your readership and all the support you have given us in the last year. AND we are wishing you a wildly successful 2016!
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Kristin Arnold is a professional meeting facilitator and international speaker who is passionate about helping leaders and their teams think things through, make better decisions and achieve sustainable results. The Extraordinary Team’s approach to building high performance teams combines consulting, coaching, training and process facilitation within the context of working real issues.
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As we come to the close of 2015, it is time to reflect on the year and focus on the things for which you are most grateful. Although that might be hard because of the seismic events we experienced. We are still in a rabbit economy, where business hops up and down and we are not sure where it is going to be even a month from now — including the stock market and housing prices.
Continue reading “The One Thing Managers Must Do Before the New Year” »
In my interviews with leaders, I often hear that managing people is one of their hardest jobs. They report working more overtime without pay, while employees with fewer responsibilities are making more money. They resent the extra paperwork and having to “babysit” disengaged employees. Continue reading “6 Negative Management Styles of New Managers” »
This is a great team activity which allows the team to see what it thinks of a decision, without actually agreeing on the final outcome. It works with any size group and requires about 10 minutes. You will need a prepared easel chart with a “5L” scale and one removable colored dot for each team member. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: Test for Consensus: A Straw Poll” »
Survey after survey has shown that, in general, 65 percent of employees are not satisfied with their job. Recent research conducted by Right Management showed that only 35 percent of employees indicated that they were either “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” on the job. Continue reading “Unhappy Managers Cost Organizations Billions: Tips for Managers to Cope” »
I am so over hearing Boomers moan and whine about Millennials in the workplace and how different and difficult they are to manage. There are actually many more similarities than differences: Continue reading “Why Boomers and Millennials Are More Similar Than You Think” »
For those of you who recently accepted the responsibility of becoming a manager I applaud you. You have just taken on one of the hardest jobs you will ever experience, yet it also has the potential of being the most rewarding job you will ever have. There is a growing need for exceptional managers like you who genuinely want their staff to succeed and feel excited about coming to work. Continue reading “The Best of Times and The Worst of Times for Managers” »
When I recently traveled from Prince Edward Island to Istanbul then Iran, returning to Toronto, San Francisco, and finally Phoenix, I experienced significant jet lag. I also noticed swelling in my legs and my energy was much lower. Continue reading “Importance of Circadian Rhythm and 6 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag” »
It’s never easy to initiate a difficult conversation. You have something to say that is unpleasant or uncomfortable and/or you believe that receiver of the message will not take it well. All in all, it’s never any fun for the sender or receiver of the information. Continue reading “7 Steps to Having a Difficult Conversation” »
I was talking with a client this week about facilitating a focus group to get some strategic feedback on their products and services. As we discussed the objectives, it became clear that this was less about having a “focus group” and more about having an informal, intimate conversation among peers.