Over the years, I have facilitated a leadership team discussion of the results of their employee engagement surveys and focus groups. The topic of “physical environment” inevitably rises to the surface: The furniture is outdated or even broken, there are missing ceiling tiles, smudges on walls, piles of files stacked in corners…the list goes on. Continue reading “Give Your Space a Team Engaging Makeover!” »
It’s finally here! This is the week Joe and I have set aside to do our strategic planning. We’ll work in the morning and play in the afternoon. No other work. No obligations. Just focused time on the business. Continue reading “How to Brew Up Strategic Initiatives AND Plan for the Long Term” »
Wishing a Happy New Year to all from not-quite-so-warm Scottsdale, Arizona!
This is a great time to reflect on the past year in preparation for putting together your operational or strategic plan – whether you do this for yourself, your team, or for your organization. Continue reading “Quick Tips to Design a Strategic Plan for 2019” »
As the song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….everywhere you go!” But I gotta tell you, I am just not that big of a fan of this holiday. The main purpose of this solemn event is to herald in the birth of Jesus Christ, yet we are more concerned about decking the halls with boughs of holly. All of the materialism that goes along with the modern day Christmas has spoiled the joy for me – and besides, I sincerely doubt that Christ was actually born on December 25th! Continue reading “One Wonderful Way to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Team” »
This activity is useful for discovering the perspectives of each team member or of the organization. It works well with any team size and requires 10 to 15 minutes. All you will need is a piece of paper for each team member. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: Read All About It!” »
I was trying to explain my position during a recent meeting, and one of my fellow board members started to interrupt me. At first, I glanced at him awry and cocked my head. I then raised my hand and said, “Please, let me finish.” When he continued to interrupt, I was a bit more forceful and said, “Let me finish.” When he continued to persist, I leaned forward and said, “To be a good board member, we agreed that we should listen to each other. I listened to you. It is now my turn.” To which he finally stopped and let me finish my thought. Continue reading “How Team Members Can Intervene Gracefully” »
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Or so you would think with all the Christmas decorations already up on display! Continue reading “With Gratitude in My Heart” »
I am a huge fan of the song “Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle?” by Zedd and Maren Morris. Whenever it comes up on the radio, I turn it up and sing along. It’s got a catchy tune and I love the tick-tock refrain. Continue reading “Aim for Team Collaboration Vs. Compromise” »
Holy Cow! The value of face-to-face meetings is estimated to be more than $1.03 trillion US bucks! That’s the amount cited for the worldwide direct spending of the meeting and event industry in 2017 according to the Global Economic Significance of Business Events. The average amount spent per business event participant was $711, according to the report. Now that’s a lot of moolah for a meeting! Continue reading “Shocking Statistics on the Cost of Meetings” »
Once you have addressed the problem, now it’s time to move into the analysis phase. Now this is the tricky part where our cognitive biases influence our thinking. Wikipedia, otherwise known as the font of all knowledge, lists 175 biases – which is far too many to discuss in this article – but keep in mind that they all play into our perceptions and realities. There’s no escaping them. However, you can gain awareness of them and how they impact your thinking, and then take countermeasures to become less influenced by these biases. Continue reading “8 of the Most Common Biases in the Workplace” »
Time. We all have just 24 hours in one day. Doesn’t matter if you are the President of the company, a customer-facing employee, or in the back office. We all have just 24 hours – and where each of us allocate that time is a choice. Continue reading “Your Choices Reflect Your Highest Priorities” »
This is an entertaining team activity that demonstrates the concept of a “stretch” goal. It works with any size group and requires about five to 10 minutes. You will need an easel chart or whiteboard and a marking pen.
A colleague mentioned the name of a book he read that made a profound impact on him and his view of the world. It is To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Have you heard of it? I had not, so I ordered a copy and started reading it this week. Continue reading “The Essence of Truly Extraordinary Teamwork!” »
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 five to 15 minutes. Have refreshments available. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: The Importance of Tea Time” »