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How to Create an Environment for Innovation to Flourish


Kristin Arnold and I have been facilitating several conversations around innovation lately.  For your business to innovate, there are certain critical conditions that must exist. Some of these include:

1. Engaged front-line employees who have the freedom to experiment with random ideas.

2. Employees who can take a break and have fun …

Posted March 23, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Atmosphere, Critical Thinking


Tips for an Effective 15 Minute Team Huddle

file000324726511I’m a big fan of team huddles where you bring everyone on your team together (face-to-face and/or virtually) to quickly touch base.  It’s typically a 15 minute stand up meeting that is held first thing every morning, once a week or at the shift change.  Facilitated by the “huddle master” to keep it moving, there are 7 core elements:

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Posted March 18, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in teamwork


5 Ways to Turn Negative Stress into Positive Stress & Beat Winter Blues

stressIt has been a long winter, and many are finding the endless snow days, the difficult and dangerous road conditions and the inability to get out and carry on business very frustrating. However, stress is not necessarily the boogey man that many people fear. In fact, the human race would not have survived without it.

There are two kinds of stress. One is eustress, which is positive …

Posted March 10, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Employee Satisfaction


Where Does Innovation Come From? The Seven Sources of Innovation

innovationInnovation. We all know how important innovating new ideas are for the growth and future of the any business. But where does “innovation” come from? Do you just wake up in the middle of the night screaming, “Eureka!” or is it more nuanced than that?

One of the most prolific management thought leaders, Peter Drucker, defined seven sources of innovation in his book, Innovation and …

Posted March 4, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Critical Thinking


Networking or Not Working?

networkingThe business world is changing in every way, especially in the areas of prospecting, cold calling, marketing and productive networking.  Networking is defined as ‘a socioeconomic business activity by which groups of like-minded business people connect to act upon business opportunities’.

In the past, corporations would do this by attending networking events where they might meet people who were potential business opportunities. Some local networking business venues …

Posted February 25, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Communication


The Drawbacks to “My Team is Just Like Family”

team like familyWhen I work with teams, I often hear the simile that their team is just like family.  While aspiring to be a tight-knit family might be nice in theory, it has some drawbacks:

Families always have drama.  I haven’t met a family that doesn’t have some drama going on – and it gets exponentially worse as the family talks about it behind each others’ …

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in teamwork


The Four Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make

decisionmakingI was recently asked to speak with students in the fourth year Entrepreneurs Business Program at UPEI.  Since my normal audiences are usually executives, managers, and professionals, I wondered what message I would share that could help scholars at this phase of their life.

It all comes down to the choices we make. When people make the “right” choices early in their life, it propels …

Posted February 11, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Clear Direction, Critical Thinking, Decision Making


Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter pictureThe Winter Extraordinary Team newsletter is now available! Get your fix in full color or grayscale/black & white.

This quarter, we have featured:

Your Strategic Planning Document: Credenzaware or Useful Plan?
The Chief Reputation Officer
March 12th Webinar on 7 Success Strategies for Geographically Dispersed or “Virtual” Teams
Practical Team Activities: Personality Poker
The Peril of People Watching
What’s New at QPC, Inc.

Enjoy the newsletter and feel free to forward it …

Posted February 11, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Newsletter


How to Turn an Enormous Strategy Document into a Daily Useful Living One-Page Plan

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For the past few months, I have been facilitating several strategic planning efforts and I am loathing to create an enormous strategy document that no one ever reads – or refers to again.  It simply becomes “credenzaware” – sitting untouched, but proudly displayed on the bookshelf or edge of the credenza.

Your strategy …

Posted February 4, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Clear Direction, Critical Thinking


Boys in the Boat: A Great Case Study on Building an Olympic Team

My mother casually mentioned that her latest book club selection as an interesting book about how the US rowing team came together to win Olympic Gold in Berlin in 1936.

I had never heard of Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.  It’s a New York Times Bestseller (I must be living under a rock), so I immediately went to the closest bookstore (that would be …

Posted January 28, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in teamwork

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