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.
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“Truth be told…”
“I’ll be honest…”
“To tell you the truth…”
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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.
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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!
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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”.
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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.”
The objective of this team activity is to creatively demonstrate the importance of teamwork. Group teams of 4 to 8 people are optimal and the exercise will take 30 minutes.
I was having lunch with a colleague and the conversation meandered toward the Landmark Forum, a derivative of Werner Erhard’s est (Erhard Seminars Training). I mentioned that I had taken the course over 15 years ago and that it had made a memorable impact on me. The curious type, he asked, “So what were your top three lessons?” I thought about it for a minute and responded:
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For years, many organizations jumped on the band wagon of team training. But, does it stick? In my experience – it does not.
When you think of team building, do you picture your group off at a resort playing games or hanging from ropes? This is how many organizations approach team building. Then, they wonder why that wonderful team spirit failed to change behaviors back at work!
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Imagine my horror to discover that I have not blogged about it, nor defined it for you! So here goes:
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During the first break of a four-hour workshop with over 100 attendees, the meeting planner ran over to me and gave minute-by-minute feedback on what he thought went great and his opinions on what he would have done differently. He did it again at the second break, as well at the end of the session.
As a speaker I certainly appreciate constructive feedback, however, it just wasn’t the right time. This type of unsolicited feedback can be distracting when the focus should be on the attendees and fine tuning the content of the next session.
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