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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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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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March 7, 2023

Choosing the Right Team Building Activity for Optimal Team Performance

Building a good team is harder than it looks. People’s personalities, approaches, backgrounds, and styles don’t always line up. In fact, they don’t usually line up. If your team struggles to collaborate (and most teams do), team-building activities can help. But what’s the best team-building approach for your team?
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January 31, 2023

Navigating Team Dynamics: What to Do When You Have No Clarifiers

What happens when your team's thinking preferences are really lopsided? When I was in grad school, everyone in my class took the FourSight Thinking Profile.
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December 8, 2022

Identifying and Addressing Four Symptoms of Poor Team Collaboration

While teams can lead to great accomplishments in the workplace, they can also be unproductive. More often than not, the difference is dictated by how team members relate to one another. Teams that collaborate well and take advantage of each other’s strengths perform well, while teams afflicted by interpersonal
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November 24, 2022

Seven Team Building Strategies You Can Try Today

Do you know what Lego, Google, and Tesla have in common? Aside from being wildly successful, these businesses place a strong emphasis on teamwork and innovation. When teams are able to communicate and work together effectively and bring their unique knowledge and skills together in pursuit of the same goal, that’s
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