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Trust: The Foundation of High-performing Teams

In our first blog in this series, we shared our “top ten” list of characteristics that define high-performing teams. Now, it’s time to get down to business and talk about each of those characteristics in greater depth so you can take action to improve your team’s performance. We start with the foundation that all the … Continue reading Trust: The Foundation of High-performing Teams

10 Characteristics of High-performing Teams

There are times when a certain person says something and no one can say it better. This quote from Patrick Lencioni in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable falls into that category: “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so … Continue reading 10 Characteristics of High-performing Teams

If There Are No Consequences, There Will Be No Change

Years ago, I (Rip) was at a conference where Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric, was asked what he wished he had done differently in his career. He said, essentially, “I always moved too slowly on the tough people problems. People problems are not like fine wine. They don’t get better with age.” I … Continue reading If There Are No Consequences, There Will Be No Change

Improve Your Talent Acquisition Batting Average: Part 2

When you are hiring someone into a leadership position in your company, you want to have confidence that you are choosing the right person. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to strike out and bring in an individual who does not move your business forward. We want to help you improve your talent acquisition batting … Continue reading Improve Your Talent Acquisition Batting Average: Part 2

Improve Your Talent Acquisition Batting Average: Part 1

Hiring someone to be a leader in your business is a nerve-wracking prospect. The ramifications of bringing in the wrong person can be damaging in the extreme. Horror stories abound about new hires that proved themselves to be lazy, argumentative, egotistical, incompetent, aggressive, and a host of other negative character traits. For that reason, it … Continue reading Improve Your Talent Acquisition Batting Average: Part 1

Make Your Priorities a Priority

There are many forms of self-sabotage when it comes to reaching your goals, whether those are goals for your life or goals for your job. For example, one of our friends has a sign on her desk that says “I don’t procrastinate … I reschedule!” While procrastination is a very obvious form of self-sabotage, prioritization … Continue reading Make Your Priorities a Priority