Makarios Consulting Blog

Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader

John C. Maxwell, the prominent leadership speaker and author, said famously, “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Today, we want to shine the spotlight on one place in business where this truth can result in severe losses: namely, when a “benevolent dictator” talks about becoming … Continue reading Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader

Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

One of the messages we deliver in many client meetings is, “Look around the table. Ask yourself, ‘What can I do to help everyone else at this table be a superstar?’” Too often in corporate culture, we focus exclusively on our job, our role, our responsibilities. We never pick our head up to see what … Continue reading Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

If your team has twenty or thirty items on its “to do” list, we have one word of advice for you: don’t. Don’t scramble to try to get everything done at once. That is a surefire recipe for increased stress, wasted energy, and missed goals. High-performing teams recognize that to go fast, they have to … Continue reading Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams

High-performing teams all have this in common: everyone understands each team member’s role. It is so easy to say … and so hard to do. We have found in our work that teams are frequently plagued with problems when it comes to knowing who is supposed to do what. Roles on the team may be … Continue reading Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams

Feedback: The “Secret Sauce” of High-performing Teams

In our “top ten” list of characteristics that define high-performing teams, providing appreciative and constructive feedback is always a tough one to actualize. When it comes to appreciative feedback that recognizes a job well done and seeks to encourage repeat behavior, many people dismissively figure that “it goes without saying” or “no news is good … Continue reading Feedback: The “Secret Sauce” of High-performing Teams

“Dumping” Is Not Delegating

Many people follow a predictable career path: they excel in their job as an individual contributor with no direct reports, the company notices their great performance, and they are promoted to a management position. Many of the same people then stumble into a predictable career pitfall: they are not trained on how to delegate responsibility, … Continue reading “Dumping” Is Not Delegating