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May 2, 2024

A Team Leader Who Made All the Difference

Last month marked the passing of my beloved high school field hockey coach, Muriel Brock. She was 94. She never married. Never had kids. Her memorial service was last Saturday. I drove six hours to Detroit to attend. I wanted to make sure she had a good showing. I shouldn’t have worried. The church was packed.
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April 9, 2024

Teams Work on Purpose. Does your team know yours?

Jerry Folz leads a team of a dozen small business owners who meet monthly to develop themselves as leaders. Every month, Jerry starts his team meeting the same way, by calling on the host to share the team’s purpose. The host, often a new member, invariably jerks to attention. Everyone else smiles knowingly, as they
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March 5, 2024

Avoiding the "Blind Spot" Phenomenon

A fast-growing HR firm based in Sydney was stunned when revenues suddenly plummeted. LinkedIn had just entered the Australian market. The HR firm had heard of LinkedIn; the tech start-up had launched in the United States seven years earlier, but the firm’s management team had been so focused on growing revenues, they
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January 31, 2024

Good Goal, Bad Goal - Three Tips

Watch the 80-second video. Here's the transcript: A good goal is like a steering wheel. It lets you or your team move toward things that are positive and away from things that aren’t. At least that’s what happens when you pick a good goal. But sometimes we pick bad goals. Ones that are unattainable or just not that
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November 16, 2023

FourSight comes to Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving used to feel like a command performance. As a mom who prefers to implement, I considered it my job to land the turkey, potatoes, yams, hams, beans, rolls, cranberry sauce, and gravy on the table, hot and delicious, in front of a dozen expectant family members, in record time.
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October 10, 2023

Do You Play Favorites?

Dorte Nielsen, founder of the Center for Creative Thinking in Copenhagen, gave the FourSight assessment to the faculty of a Danish high school. She gathered all the teachers in the cafeteria, handed out their results, and asked them what they had learned from their thinking preferences. One teacher stood up and said,
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August 29, 2023

The Hazard of Leading with Your Preference

As a team leader, you have lots to do. You have goals to meet and people to manage. You have to make assignments, clarify roles, communicate, fix problems, build systems, track trends, set strategy, and put out countless large and small fires along the way. Oh, plus your own work.
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July 11, 2023

5 Popular Problem-solving Approaches and the Thinking that Powers Them

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, Good Team, Bad Team: Lead People to Go After Big Challenges, Not Each Other, written by FourSight partners, Sarah Thurber and Blair Miller When our son got his first corporate job, he discovered the workplace was full of competing problem solving processes (e.g.
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May 5, 2023

Understanding the ROI of FourSight Training on Innovation and Leadership

Two years after training, the organization could still measure the positive impact. In 2013, Brett Richards, PhD wanted to test his new culture survey, which measured an organization’s growth potential. He found willing participants at Sheridan College, one of Canada's largest colleges. Nearly a hundred administrators
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