Have the Weird Conversations

Have you ever found yourself in a weird space at work - an awkward, strange, uncomfortable, how-did-this-happen kind of place? And then you just let it pass…and pass…and pass? 

Yes, You Need Team Building. But What Sort?

There are basically two different types of team-building programs – those designed to reward & those designed to fix organizational problems.

Coaching Your High Potential People (A Players)

Audrey works as a software engineer in a fast growing technology company in Denver. She’s young, smart, and a rising star on her team. She’s got a great attitude that is equally matched with performance. You might call her a “high potential” team member or even an “A” player.

The Yes And Myth

leadership communication - using yes and

The latest workplace communication craze called "Yes and" has recently been popularized by team builders and improv folks who've never stepped into the business board room. It's a technique that minimizes disagreement and encourages agreement. So, instead of responding to a team member's idea with a "No" or a "But," people are trained to respond with a "Yes and…."

The 4-step Feedback Process

Most leaders struggle with how to give team members feedback. Use this model to provide feedback in a way that will engender team member commitment.

Explaining The Big Why - Part 2

leaders explain their rationaleIn my last post I wrote about "The Big Why" - the importance for leaders to communicate the rationale behind their decisions. After all, who wants to be told what to do? And emotional commitment only comes when people understand why.

Why Leaders Should Explain The Big Why

leaders explaining rationaleWhen was the last time someone told you what to do without explaining the reason behind their directive? What was your reaction? Did you unquestionably cooperate? 

Interpersonal Agility: Overcoming Cross-cultural Biases

overcoming biases with team building denverToday’s global business environment requires leaders to navigate geographical and cultural differences that team members and constituents bring to the business. Perhaps it’s remote employees based in China, India, or the Philippines. Maybe it’s the sales relationship with customers in different regions of the country.

Leadership and Conversations

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review, Leadership is a Conversation, by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind. As of June 2012 Boris and Michael had spoken to over 150 people in 100 companies where research participants consistently mentioned their efforts of "having a conversation" or "advancing the conversation" in their organizations.

I agree that Leadership, in part, really is a conversation. And I have also found that leaders who struggle most fail to engage people through conversation. Often times they: