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Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” And now is the best time of the year to do that. At a year-beginning meeting, I once had a participant say, “But we spoke about this last year.” My response was, “Great, so how did you do on those goals?” He admitted he hadn’t actually documented any goals, so had nothing to report. “Then isn’t it great,” I replied, “that you have another opportunity to transform your life.”
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Happy New Year!   Per our tradition, Joe and I are spending the week updating our strategic plans.  We review the past year’s metrics while noting our accomplishments and things we would have done differently.  We also reflect on the upcoming years – the opportunities and our threats/limitations to our businesses.  You can take a look at the process we use each year here and here as well as how to turn it into a Daily Useful Living One-Page Plan.

As we go through this period of reflection, we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your readership and all the support you have given us in the last year.  AND we are wishing you a wildly successful 2016!

Here are our top 10 posts for 2015:

  1. The Four Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make

  2. Where Does Innovation Come From? The Seven Sources of Innovation

  3. Three Ways To Be A Better Teammate

  4. There is Value in Integrity, But is Integrity a Value?

  5. Present Like a Rock Star by Taking a Few Tips from Your Favorite Band

  6. Four Ways to Engage, Empower and Involve Your Employees

  7. Those Who Say “Not My Job” Will Never Be Rich

  8. Three Reasons Why Conflict Escalates in Your Team

  9. Ten Tips for Facilitating Your Own Focus Group

  10. Six Negative Management Styles of New Managers


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Kristin Arnold is a professional meeting facilitator and international speaker who is passionate about helping leaders and their teams think things through, make better decisions and achieve sustainable results. The Extraordinary Team’s approach to building high performance teams combines consulting, coaching, training and process facilitation within the context of working real issues.



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As we come to the close of 2015, it is time to reflect on the year and focus on the things for which you are most grateful.  Although that might be hard because of the seismic events we experienced. We are still in a rabbit economy, where business hops up and down and we are not sure where it is going to be even a month from now — including the stock market and housing prices.
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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” »