Why We Suck at Setting Boundaries

How language and accountability reinforce our dysfunction. HOW WE SPEAK and hold others accountable reinforces a myth about personal responsibility. Do any of the following sound familiar? “You make me mad”, “On our wedding day you made me the happiest person in the world”, “Our 2020 F150 Toyota truck will give you the feeling of […]

How Teams Develop Resilience

TEAMS, NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS, need to be resilient. Here are 5 steps teams can take to develop resilience.

Make resilience a commitment. If we use yesterday’s thinking to solve today’s problem, we will only recreate history.

How To Lead Through Fear and Isolation

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10 steps to build connection and engagement. THE CORONAVIRUS HAS CAUSED all of us to experience our greatest fears of being excluded and losing control. On top of that, the number of employees working from has shot up from 16 to over 60%. Working virtually has major challenges: 1) not being able to have deep […]

Why Structure is So Important to Leadership

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Have the right behaviors, but also the right structure. INOVATION IS THE CORNERSTONE for surviving and thriving in today’s world of V.U.C.A, Volitivity, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity; or what I describe in a white paper of the same name, The New Normal 2.0. To not be aware of nor respond to the seismic changes in our […]

Preventing Rejection at Work

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You walk into a meeting late and people are already in huddles.  Colleagues glance over ever so briefly then turn back to their conversations.  You sit down in a corner and use your smartphone to check email. Once the group discussion starts, you want to offer an opinion but can’t seem to get a word in. Eventually, you […]

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

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Book Summary – by Patrick Lencioni The first step towards reducing misunderstandings and confusion within a team is to understand that there are five dysfunctions, and that each one that applies has to be addressed separately. The root cause of absence of trust lies with team members being unable to show their weaknesses; to be vulnerable […]

Poster Child for Significance

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Several articles we have published have provided insights into the growing trend of people in all walks of life to reevaluate their definition of success.   A rapidly growing audience of individuals, companies, and even nations is embracing the pursuit of Significance, above and beyond financial success.  Why?  The journey to Significance feeds our hunger for […]

Keeping Employees Motivated

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How to keep talented employees motivated in tough times   Across the country, employees are tired of doing more work with fewer resources and little or no recognition.  Burnout is the new normal.  More than half of those surveyed by DDI, a talent-management firm, said their careers are stagnant and that they plan to look for […]

Building a Team

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It appears we’ve entered the age of narcissism, for reasons that include fear for our own well-being, companies that measure and reward individual instead of team results, a new generation of employees who feel more entitled than their older peers and a U.S. culture that reveres individual success.   Let’s face it, some amount of […]

Getting members of your team to speak up

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To see American management 20 years ago, visit a company in India today.  Like many other developing countries, India imitates American business. Yes, U.S. businesses have leaped forward in many ways. But we’ve also taken several steps back. Today in this country, we often avoid conflict by tiptoeing around issues and discouraging debate. In an effort […]