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The 4 Keys to a Management Team Offsite

May 25, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

So, you want to take your management team off site and work on building cohesion? After having conducted management team retreats for over 9 years, I have learned a few things. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Identify your objectives. If you want maximum focus from your management team off site, get clear on what outcomes you want to achieve. Also identify what challenges will stop the team from achieving the expected results and what will be different when those challenges are overcome.

A Senior Leader Mistake: Spending too Much Time IN the Business

May 19, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

One of the costliest mistakes senior leaders make is spending too much time IN the business instead of ON the business.

When senior leaders focus too much time on the technical and tactical aspects of the business, and playing the role of project managers, they fail to look at the strategic aspects of the business and the longer term plan.

This typically results in ambiguity of roles and responsibilities and a lack of alignment.

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A Senior Leader Mistake: Hiring People Just Like You

May 18, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

One of the costliest mistakes senior leaders make is hiring people who are just like them. The problem with this mistake is that it often results in senior leadership teams rewarding behaviors that are similar to their behaviors and criticizing behaviors that are often needed in the workplace.

It's human nature to more easily get along with some people than others. But, when that tendency translates into our hiring practices it can have a negative impact on an organization's culture.

The 4-way Test

May 13, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

I had the good fortune of speaking at a local Rotary Club meeting last week, and at the end of the meeting I was given a pen inscribed with "The 4-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do."

Now this wasn't just an ordinary pen. It was one of those cool "clicker" pens, where every time you push on the top of the pen a different message appears in its side window. In this case, the pen displays each of "The 4-Way Test" messages:

Controlling Your Personal Control Needs

May 4, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

I recently wrote a three-part series on reluctant new managers. One cause of reluctance that I wrote about was due to a fear of losing control (which often leads to a reluctance to delegate, hand over responsibilities, etc.).

I recently came across an article called When Teams Work Best by Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson and within their article they deal with a similar issue head on. And I quote: "The best way to manage your personal control needs as team leader is to demonstrate behaviors that share control.

There's Still Time: Avoid the 5 Costliest Mistakes Teams Make

April 26, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

Does your team suffer from:

  • A lack of focus
  • Hoarding resources within silos
  • Marginalizing people in the work place
  • A patchwork approach to hiring
  • Little to no focus on training and growth

Then join me for my upcoming webinar this Wednesday from 12:00 - 12:45 mountain time on The 5 Costliest Mistakes Teams Make, and learn how to overcome these issues and accelerate team development.

The 5 Costliest Mistakes Teams Make: Free Webinar

April 21, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 28th; 12:00 - 12:45 mountain standard time

Are your teams struggling and as a result costing your organization millions each year due to poor performance and low productivity, misaligned resources, and high levels of employee disengagement and turnover?

Does your team miss out on business opportunities as members engage in endless conflict, revisit decisions over and over again, and hoard resources within their silos?

Well, it doesn't have to be that way.

Join Sal Silvester for this 45 minute webinar and explore:

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