Teams

What’s Foundational About You and Your People?

By | September 18th, 2017|Building Capability, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

One of the most important factors in understanding a person is the foundation for his or her "lens" on work and life. In other words, what makes you, "you?" There are at least five building blocks to my personal foundation: [...]

A Simple Network-Building Tactic

By | August 21st, 2017|Intention, Leaders, People Are Funny, Teams|

This post will be short and simple. A client shared something she does to get to know people in her company. She invites two people to lunch. She picks up the tab. So far, her invitation has never been declined. [...]

Does Your Team Culture Drive Remarkable Results?

By | August 14th, 2017|Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

What is your team culture? What are the team's shared values/beliefs, ways of thinking, and ways of interacting with each other? In any team, there are likely some that support success and others that don't. Remarkable results are beyond "stretch," [...]

The Problem With Words

By | July 24th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Teams|

We don't exclusively communicate with words. Our body language and actions send messages, too. However, words are a critical vehicle for creating shared understanding...and therein lies a big problem. We assume the words we use have a common meaning to [...]

Be Yourself

By | July 10th, 2017|Building Capability, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

Recently, one of my friends was going through a very challenging situation, full of tough business and people changes. As we talked about how she was handling the challenges, she said that the most important thing her boss said to [...]

Allowing Silence To Source Answers

By | June 5th, 2017|Building Capability, Conversations, Leaders, Teams|

This weekend was a family weekend. My brother was in from San Francisco and my husband's daughter and our grandson (11 years old) were in from Boston. We had a lively dinner on Saturday that included my father and my son. [...]

He’s Good At Managing UP

By | May 14th, 2017|Leaders, Teams|

While I was talking with a young, new manager a of couple weeks ago, he said his manager is really good at "managing up." When I asked him what he meant, he said "you know, never pushing back, always saying yes—gives [...]

The Power Of One In Dialogue

By | April 24th, 2017|Building Capability, Creation Process, Idea Generation, Intention, Leaders, Remarkable Results, Teams|

I've been thinking about how we engage in dialogue. The Webster definition of dialogue is "an exchange of ideas and opinions." So, in our work life, dialogue would be particularly important when we are solving a problem or creating new [...]

Six Rules For Listening

By | April 17th, 2017|Building Capability, Creation Process, Leaders, Teams, Your Emotional Self|

Whether you are getting to know someone, understanding a problem or opportunity, creating something new, etc., there is tremendous power in truly listening to a person or more. Erich Fromm, an influential psychologist and philosopher (1900-1980), conducted a seminar on The Art [...]