Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 15, 2009
One of the costliest mistakes teams can make is hoarding and competing for internal resources. This typically happens on teams with a low threshold of trust and little focus on people and collaboration.
So, how can your team transform the competition for the best use of internal resources into collaboration?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 14, 2009
I can't stop watching the Tour de France! As I mentioned in my previous post, what intrigues me most are the dynamics between the riders that ultimately make or break a team.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 7, 2009
Professional cycling is a fascinating sport. I really don’t know much about it, but for the past 8 years I have found myself staying up late and getting up way too early to watch the televised stages of the Tour de France.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 6, 2009
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 1, 2009
How many SOPs does your organization have? Do you have SOPs on how to write an SOP?
What core values guide the people in your organization? Are those values real as you hire people, work together, and serve your clients? Or, are they just pretty posters on a boardroom wall?
How do you handle your training? Do you give people a list of the 791 things they can do, a list of the 427 things they can't do, and then have them sign the bottom of the page indicating they understand it all (I've heard it called "check a box training")?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 30, 2009
One of the costliest mistakes I see teams make is when they hire people who are just like they are. This, more often than not, happens on executive teams where the primary leader has a very dominant personality.
The problem is that it creates a culture where certain behaviors are rewarded and other much needed behaviors in the organization are criticized. It also breeds "group thinking."
So, how do you avoid this costly situation?
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 25, 2009
Inscape Publishing has taken DiSC to a whole new level with the new Everything DiSC Workplace. Checkout a Sample Profile.
I have consistently seen amazing results when teams embrace this tool. Team members are able to build better relationships and reduce conflict.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 23, 2009
Have you had a chance to read The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner? It's a bit dry, but provides great stories about leadership and, more importantly, a simple and understandable leadership model. It's a great resource to have around the office.
The first of five Practices of Leadership they talk about in the book is "Model the Way." Here's a short excerpt:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 16, 2009
Last week I had an amazing hiking, camping, canyoneering trip in Zion National Park. I "took the plunge" so to speak in some beautiful canyoneering routes. Check out the video on this post.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 10, 2009
I just ran the Steamboat half-marathon this past weekend and had a blast. The half-marathon course starts at around 7,200 feet above sea level and winds through the most beautiful countryside you can imagine into the western style downtown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As I ran through the cheering crowds along the last mile of the course, I was amazed at how much faster I started running. It made me think about the importance of recognition in the work place.