In the normal course of business, you need to respond to changes in technology, the marketplace, the economy, and more. But 2020 was not a normal year … and 2021 is not going to be normal, either. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of change has been dramatically accelerated – and your response to … Continue reading Happy (Disruptive) New Year!
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
Teams exist where every issue, problem, or opportunity becomes a matter of dialogue, deliberation, and consensus. That may sound like a positive, but it is not: these teams sink under the weight of decisions that ought to be made autonomously by individual team members. On the other side of the equation, teams exist that are … Continue reading Making Decisions: High-performing Teams Know How to Get Business Done
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
Great teams live out of their strengths – and leverage those strengths to shore up their weaknesses. They understand that no single person “has it all,” but that, together, the team can get the job done and do it extraordinarily well. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you take a systematic … Continue reading Strengths & Weaknesses: High-performing Teams Know Each Other Well
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