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Category: Teamwork at Work

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Partnership Paradox

Partnership Paradox

  “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt Going into business is a high-risk game. It is not for the faint of heart. The success rate of surviving more than five years is remarkably low, and the first year is the […]

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Effective Meeting Models

Effective Meeting Models

Effective meeting models maximize the running of an organization. Understanding and setting the right business rhythm leads to organizational effectiveness.

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Leading Meetings Effectively

Effective Meetings Can Save Billions

How to conduct a meeting is accomplished by a small amount of deliberate practice and training and will save significant costs to the business. Businesses are spending billions on meetings and do little to improve them. In this post you will begin your exploration of effective meeting strategies.

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how to prepare for a meeting

What is a Facilitator and Other Meeting Roles

Meeting Roles lead to successful meeting. The following describes the meeting roles of leader, facilitator, recorder, time keeper and participant.

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Change Your Social Context, Change Your Life

Change Your Social Context, Change Your Life

 “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” – Gandhi Social context affects the way you behave, think, and interpret the world. It affects whether you feel comfortable or uncomfortable. It can affect whether, in a particular environment, you succeed or fail. Relative Deprivation Theory We take our cues […]

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Flatten a hierarchy

How to Flatten a Hierarchy

You need a hierarchy to get things done efficiently. But hierarchies don’t always produce optimal solutions to complex and challenging problems. To be both efficient and effective, sometimes you need to flatten a hierarchy for a short period of time. You need to speak freely across and around prescribed channels, not through them. Nate Garvis, […]

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Employee Engagement

Why don’t efforts at employee engagement work?

Effective leaders care about employee engagement because they know that engaged employees give more effort–not just the required effort to do their jobs, but the discretionary effort needed to excel. Engaged sales people sell more, engaged service reps provide better service, assembly line workers have fewer accidents and the discretionary efforts of all lead ultimately […]

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Three Ways Leaders Outsmart Themselves

Three Ways Leaders Outsmart Themselves

Being smart helps leaders, but it helps a lot less than it used to. The expansion of knowledge and the availability of knowledge is growing at a rate that is outside the capabilities of even the highest IQs in the world. The biggest differentiators for leaders these days are not how much they know individually, but how much their teams know (and know how to access) collectively.

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Rethinking Leadership

Rethinking Leadership Infographic

Rethinking Leadership Infographic was developed by Sammi Cohen. To develop your own infographic, reach out to Sammi Cohen. Rethinking Leadership In working with leaders, I have found asking questions is a sorely undervalued technique. Many equate asking questions with losing power, looking like a fool, or admitting defeat. Some believe that asking questions will simply waste […]

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Integrity Matters

Rescheduling Meetings & the Cost to Your Integrity

Integrity matters. Rescheduling a meeting results in less trustworthiness & less integrity.

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Stop trying to be right!

Stop trying to be right!

Being right can be addictive, in part because being right gives us a shot of dopamine and adrenaline. Our adrenaline, though, can alienate others.

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Make a Decision and Keep Moving

Make a Decision and Keep Moving

How often do you allow a junior member of your team to lead and experience the lessons of a decision that isn’t optimal? I expressly didn’t use the word “wrong” here. “Wrong” carries too many negative connotations.

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What unproductive meetings would you like to get rid of?

What unproductive meetings would you like to get rid of?

Teams that don’t trust each other also tend to have the most worthless, unproductive meetings.

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Optimism vs Pessimism

Leadership Challenge: Optimism vs. Pessimism

Optimism vs. Pessimism: Know where you and your team members sit along the optimism/pessimism spectrum. Use that information to be accurate and to win.

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how to prepare for a meeting

How to Prepare for a Meeting: Step #8

How to Prepare for a Meeting The first seven steps to prepare for a meeting are: 1. Set a clear and achievable goal for the meeting How to Prepare for a Meeting: Steps #1 & 2 that is in line with the organization’s vision and mission 2. Choose the appropriate type of meeting: decision-making, informational, […]

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