Makarios Consulting Blog

Communication: High-performing Teams Keep Dialogue Flowing

Communication – always a characteristic of high-performing teams – becomes even more crucial in times of crisis such as we are currently experiencing with the coronavirus pandemic. During a crisis, people are easily distracted as urgent matters arise unpredictably and unexpected developments reshape the business and the marketplace. In recent weeks, we have worked with … Continue reading Communication: High-performing Teams Keep Dialogue Flowing

Accountability: A Positive Word for High-Performing Teams

More concerns and complaints have been raised about accountability among our clients than perhaps any other area of leadership. The theme of these concerns and complaints is always the same: accountability is about punishment, confrontation, failure, and blame. Yet, high-performing teams invariably practice accountability. The team members consistently hold themselves and each other accountable. And … Continue reading Accountability: A Positive Word 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

The Power of Team Health

If you have been in business for any length of time at all, you probably have experienced or heard of a team horror story. A story of toxic relationships, poor communication, and heightened conflict. A story where energy and motivation were crushed, and grumbling and frustration were the order of the day. This is not … Continue reading The Power of Team Health

Go to the Danger Zone

The scene is the conference room. The actors are the leadership team members of the business. You are there, sitting at the table. You have hard problems to solve – perhaps customer-related, perhaps product-oriented, perhaps financial, perhaps strategic. You have a decision to face: will you tackle the really tough problems that are facing you? … Continue reading Go to the Danger Zone

Your First Commitment Is to Your First Team

An organization’s top executives usually sit on two teams. They are members of the company leadership team, but they are also leaders of their department teams. So, as you circle the conference table, you find the people in charge of Business Development, Finance, Operations, IT, Sales, Manufacturing, and so forth. This is all well and … Continue reading Your First Commitment Is to Your First Team