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Ready for a New 360 Degree Experience?

July 13, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

Inscape Publishing just launched the Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders, and my clients love it.

They love it for three reasons.

(1) It combines the best of a 360 degree assessment and the power of DiSC.

(2) It does away with the often useless, open-ended responses raters can give, and instead gives raters a set of choices to select for open-ended questions - making the feedback behavioral based and more valuable for the leader.

The 4 Ps of Strategic Team Building

July 1, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

In my previous blog post, I talked about the 4 reasons why team building fails and how it is important to be aware of those common pitfalls so that you can design a program that makes a positive impact on your team.

Team building can have a profound effect on the way teams collaborate, but to achieve that level of success you must incorporate The 4 P's of Strategic Team Building.

4 Reasons Why Team Building Fails

June 29, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

The concept of "team building" means different things to different people. Over the past 9 years I have spent a ton of time with hundreds of clients and thousands of people creating successful team building programs. Our shorter programs may span only four to eight hours in duration, and our programs focused on helping teams make a significant shift in how they collaborate may last over 9 months.

Regardless of how long the program is, I have always defined team building in three ways:

1. It is a tool to help accelerate team formation.

What to do When Feedback doesn't Work

June 23, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

I have written quite a bit in the past about the importance of providing feedback to team members. In fact, in a recent blog post, I termed feedback as "the glue that holds alignment together."

But what happens when feedback just doesn't work?

When performance isn't meeting expectations, and a team member has been provided with consistent and transparent feedback, the next step in trying to help a team member make behavioral change is constructive discipline.

Professionalism: Common Sense, but not Common Practice

June 22, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

I moved this past weekend into a new home with my wonderful fiance. I couldn't bear to ask my friends for help as I know that by this point in time in our lives we have just helped others move way too many times. So, I decided to hire 4 college students from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Three showed-up and here's what I got.

Everything DiSC Application Library Virtual Showcases

June 15, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

Interested in learning more about the latest and greatest Everything DiSC Application Library Programs? Then join me for an upcoming virtual showcase led by publisher Inscape Publishing.

The showcases involve taking the profile (Everything DiSC Sales, Everything DiSC Management, or Everything DiSC Workplace) as pre-work, and then participating in an interactive 90-minute webinar.

Here are some upcoming showcases:

Transitions

June 10, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

I am going through two major transitions in my personal life right now - (1) getting married in October 2010, and (2) selling and buying a new home.

Both are amazing changes that will have a significant and profound impact on who I am as a person. And as I reflect on these changes, I am constantly reminded that change itself is inevitable in this life, but how we handle it is a choice.

Overcoming Overwhelm

May 26, 2010 -- Sal Silvester

Ahhh overwhelm. It's that moment in time where you feel stuck. Where there is so much going on you don't know where to start.

The stories that play inside our heads are ones that sound like:

"I have too much to do. I'll do it (the important thing) tomorrow."

"There are no jobs out there."

"I don't have time to develop knowledge about new topics, ideas, and legislation"

"I'm not experienced enough for that role"

"It's faster to do things than to train others to do it"

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