Thank goodness. We are moving into the next generation of office design.  We’ve been hanging out with the open office space for years.  Executive and managers would have private offices lining the outside of the building with employees in open office environments (otherwise known as the”bull pen”) with communal meeting, eating, and recreation spaces.  Nothing was private, so you had to mind your manners and try not to be annoying. Continue reading “Balance Openness and Privacy In Your Office Space” »

When I was growing up in the San Fernando Valley, California, whenever my father and brother started prattling on too long about their love of cars (which happened frequently), one of us would start singing “Jingle Bells.”  If others in the family agreed that it was time for the conversation to move on, they would join in the singing! Continue reading “Create a Team “Code Word”” »

Every once in a while, I stumble upon a quote, a paragraph or small article that resonates with me – and today I want to share this clipping from PCMA’s Convene Magazine.  It came out in January and it is still sitting on my desk.  I ponder it from time to time as I believe many of my clients are struggling with this same challenge:  How to create a culture where team members are comfortable being uncomfortable. Continue reading “How to Create a Culture Where Team Members are Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” »