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.
This activity is a great opportunity for demonstrating the importance of taking time to reconnect as a team. You will need a space large enough for the team as a group to be able to mingle about for about 5 to 15 minutes. Have refreshments available. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: Tea Time” »
Today I bring to you a special guest blogger, colleague and friend of mine, Christopher Avery. He’s a fellow thought leader on leadership, teamwork, and change for companies. Since his mission often fits so well with The Extraordinary Team’s, we share his thoughts today on just one entry of his 5 part series on frequently asked questions about teams.
I was watching CNN this morning in the lobby of the Hyatt Place in Midtown, NY when I glanced at the television blaring a CNN segment on guns and violence. The commentator made a series of “problem” statements and then suggested his solution to this vexing issue.
Continue reading “Critical Thinking: Painting or Tainting Your Team’s Solution Set?” »
Your team meets to discuss an important topic or question. One person comments, another person adds another comment that may or may not support the first comment. Then a naysayer chimes in and says, “We can’t do that!” and then takes the conversation in a different direction. There appears to be no rhyme or reason and the team usually settles on the idea with the most agreement (the majority) or the loudest voice in the room. And it could happen that the best idea(s) got lost in the discussion. Continue reading “3 Steps to Avoid the Feeding Frenzy of Ideas at Your Next Meeting” »
Many years ago, when Richard Nixon was president, there was a U.S. senator who was receiving an award at the White House. Continue reading “Create Happiness Within Yourself by Making Others Happy” »
Whether you call it Roberts Rules of Order or have modified your own version (Bob’s Rules!), many Boards use some form of parliamentary procedure to run their formal meetings. I have seen these kinds of meetings run exceedingly well…and others, not so much. Continue reading “Simplified Parliamentary Procedure that Encourages Civilized Debate” »
Tell a team what you want them to do, you’ll get compliance. Ask a team for help, and you’ll get commitment. Continue reading “How to Gain Committed, not just Compliant Team Members” »
Conflict is a normal and necessary part of teams coming together to make decisions. It’s a messy process of discovering what each other knows and creating a holistic, 3-D understanding of what’s important, what’s going on, and what we want the future to be. Continue reading “Three Reasons Why Conflict Escalates in Your Team” »
Have you ever noticed that at the beginning of each football game the players and the coach put their heads together and have a motivational huddle, bringing solidarity to the group and a positive kick off to the game? This happens in hockey, football, soccer and almost every game played.
Continue reading “How to Make Meetings More Fun, Motivating and Interactive with a Team Huddle” »
I was being interviewed the other day by Doug Devitre, host of the Screen to Screen Selling TV Show, and he asked an intriguing question: “What is a trend your seeing in meetings and collaboration that groups and organizations should really start taking advantage of when it comes to using the latest technology?” Continue reading “Technology Tools to Make Your Meetings More Effective” »