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” »
While at our office in the Delta Prince Edward hotel, I stopped to speak with Rhonda Maillet, director of human resources. Standing in the lobby, she noticed litter on the floor and immediately went over picked it up and put it in the trash. Continue reading “Those Who Say “Not My Job” Will Never Be Rich” »
It’s hard to get feedback on something that you’ve worked on. You thought about it, mulled it over, formulated some initial thoughts and put it on paper. Continue reading “Is Your Baby Ugly?” »
I was having breakfast at the Red Rooster in Crapaud this week with my cousin Charlie Sherren, and we were discussing how people conducted business in our fathers’ time. His father, my Uncle Ned, was a man of solid values who would give more than take, and truly cared about his customers and workers. Continue reading “4 Ways to Engage, Empower and Involve Your Employees” »
The objective here is to enable the team to “form” quickly, provide a sense of closure to the team’s activities, and to let each other know what’s going on with them personally. This activity works well with any group size, requires 5 to 10 minutes and requires no materials. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: Check In and Check Out” »
This past week I spoke with Dave Duffy, general manager of Atlantic Adjusters. I asked him: “What do you feel is the biggest issue facing companies over the next five years?” His answer: “Succession planning”. Continue reading “Why Succession Planning is the Biggest Issue Facing Companies and 3 Critical Components to a Viable Plan” »
I am working on a special project for a client – and one of the team members has very specific opinions about the outcome. As long as he gets his way, I am sure he’ll be happy. So he sees his primary job is to influence, cajole, put down, ridicule and downright bully his teammates into agreeing with his original position.
That’s not teamwork. That’s coercion.
Driving down the road this week, I noticed new potatoes sprouting through the ground. This is great news, as it means the rain we experienced lately is getting our crops off to a good start.
Continue reading “Sowing Seeds for Business: 6 Steps Towards Success” »
“Truth be told…”
“I’ll be honest…”
“To tell you the truth…”
Continue reading “End Idiomatic Phrases: Say What You Mean” »
Every child is born with four basic emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, and anger. These hardwired emotions are neither positive nor negative, they just are. It is the utility of these emotions that make them positive or negative.
Continue reading “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Behavior” »
Full disclosure: I am a die-hard Vertical Horizon fan. So imagine my delight when I discover my favorite band is playing in Scottsdale – and Joe and I are in town!
Continue reading “Present Like a Rock Star by Taking a Few Tips from Your Favorite Band” »
I often see posters in the corporate hallways espousing a list of values — those qualities and attributes the organization holds most dear. Typical words like; “respect, teamwork or innovation”, and sometimes I see “integrity”.
Continue reading “There is Value in Integrity, But is Integrity a Value?” »
Since I retired from the US Coast Guard and am now a professional speaker, my mother thought it would be appropriate that I say a few words at the Maravilla Memorial Day event. The program director gave me 5 minutes to talk about “What Memorial Day Means to Me.”