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Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

The values of an organization get a bad rap.  Usually they come after the prestigious mission and vision, don’t receive the proper time to be fully developed and are rarely used for what they were designed for.  At times they can be characterized as the ‘fluffy’ stuff or the ‘human interest’ piece of an organization […]

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Sowing the Field for Self Directed Work Teams in Your Organizations

Usually the first we try to do when we’re brought in to discuss building a culture around self directed work teams is to convince the organization not to do teaming.  We know, it sounds counter intuitive for a teaming firm like ours to convince the potential client not to do teams.  However, we take that […]

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How to Roll Out a Team Culture in 3 Years (Yes, It Should Take That Long)

An organizational change as massive as moving towards a high performance, self-directed team structure should take nothing less than 2 to 3 years to implement fully.  The complexity of completing the workload, shifting accountability and power and building collaborative competencies needed at every level of the organization, as well as the general acceptance of the […]

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The Façade of Teaming and What Real Teaming Looks Like

No matter where we go or who we talk with about implementing a team-based organization, there is usually the “we’re pretty much teaming now” or “our teams are really at a high performance already” response. At that point we usually attend a team meeting, or watch a team perform on the floor, or we have […]

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How To Introduce Teams Into Your Organization’s Culture Without a Mutiny

One of the most critical moments in creating a high performance team culture is the day you decide to let the whole organization hear your plan.  Up to that point, the changing of culture and embracing of a new way of doing something, whether teaming or anything else, has probably been a strategic discussion behind […]

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Creating a Culture of Yes

I recently had a couple of unique brainstorming sessions with a good friend of mine.  Afterwards, he mentioned how much he appreciated my ability to hear his vision and bounce ideas around with him.  I thought nothing of it – I love new ideas and expanding upon thoughts.  But for him, it was a me […]

Thumbnail : Catch the Flu? No, Catch Engagement, Positivity, & Goal Achievement

Catch the Flu? No, Catch Engagement, Positivity, & Goal Achievement

Well, it happens like clockwork – school starts and about 3 weeks later, my daughter ends up at the doctor’s office. Then the next question is: have you gotten your flu shot yet? (If not, the billboards and road signs will certainly get your attention.) Oh yes, it’s that time of year! Today, we are […]

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Leadership advice from honeybees? Experts give us seven lessons from the hive

Leaders can inspire and engage, or they can disappoint and disillusion employees. Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive takes the lid off a beehive and provides a fun, relevant and reflective look at effective leadership through the eyes of one of the world’s most industrious creatures, the honeybee. Deborah Mackin and […]

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What Kind of Organizational Culture Do You Have? Would you call it Healthy?

Everyone plays a role in defining an organization’s culture.  Culture is a compilation of values, principles, beliefs, and actions that ultimately define how an organization works.  Many organizations today use words like efficiency, excellence, customer-oriented and lean to describe their cultures.  Here’s an important question:  would we add the word healthy to that mix?  As […]

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5 Reasons “Survival of the Hive” is a Must-Read, Summer Book for Today’s Leaders

Survival of the Hive is a small, 100-page leadership book in the genre of Who Moved My Cheese and Our Iceberg is Melting that’s colorful, bright and easy enough to read in 2 hours.  However, it packs enough leadership “punch” to drive revitalization of an entire organization’s leadership strategy. There are 5 main reasons we […]

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What the World’s Most Industrious and Successful Creatures, the Honey Bee, Can Teach Us about Leadership

When we purchased our first beehive, after carefully placing the queen in the hive, we tipped the box upside down and shook 5,000 bees into the hive. At first the bees were flying everywhere. But within minutes all the bees had settled into the hive and begun their work. During the past three years as […]

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WORKPLACE CULTURE: 4 Steps to Building a Culture of Accountability in the Workplace

Accountability seems to be the focus of most organizations these days.  How do we get employees to take more accountability for their actions?  What can we do, as leaders, to engender a culture of accountability in our workplaces?  Why do some people thrive on accountability, while others avoid it at all costs? Let’s take a […]

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GENERATIONS: How to Excite and Engage the Millennial Generation to Join Your Nonprofit Association

Next week I present at The Professionals Collaborative (TPC) January meeting on how to excite, engage and motivate the millennial generation specifically in an association/non-profit world.  This is a group of organizations that represent many of the associations or non-profits in the workplace development field.  It being a new year, I thought it would be […]

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BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT: The Power of Habit to Determine Our Behavior

As leaders there’s always one behavior or another we’re trying to shape or change in others.  What about the chronic latecomer, the constant complainer and the time management challenged? We attempt to give constructive feedback, help them set bodacious goals or focus on teamwork and continuous improvement. Sometimes it clicks; sometimes it doesn’t. What’s fascinating […]

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CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING: The Challenge of Working Across Cultures

“Let us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy American University, Washington, DC 1963 More and more companies are dealing with cross-cultural issues either as a result of having divisions located in […]

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