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Reaching Consensus on Key Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

Consensus is about agreement and support, unlike voting which is just about agreement. It’s a belief that when you disagree, you see something another person isn’t able to see. Therefore, the goal is not to push past you, but to try to understand what you see. It’s not about voting or any decision-making process that […]

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Making Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

One of the vital differences in SDWTs is that silence during decision making is treated as disagreement.  This simple difference changes everything in terms of team dynamics.  People in a team environment have to show their position on any decision made, whether in agreement, needing time for more discussion or blocking the decision.  Right away […]

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The Decision To Be Thankful – 5 Ways To Look At This Past Year

As we celebrate another Thanksgiving in the US, we look back on the past year and, in many cases, see only the frustrations, hurdles, and challenges we’ve experienced as a nation and in our businesses and organizatins.  For many, the government shutdown in September symbolized the difficulties of the past year and exactly how much […]

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10 Leadership Tools Every Leader Should Know How to Use in the Workplace

It’s amazing/startling to see, when we go into an organization and begin to work with their leaders, managers or teams, the lack of knowledge people have around basic leadership tools that they could be using to produce better results.  Tools that if applied correctly and for the right challenge, can quickly turn a long, results-lacking […]

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SEDC Leadership Breakfast – Cross-Cultural Teaming Part 2

Deborah Mackin, considered an international authority on self-directed work teams with over 28 years of experience, leads a packed room of business men and women on setting up their own cross-cultural teams. Sponsored by the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)

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SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series with Deborah Mackin: Cross-Cultural Teaming

Deborah Mackin, author of the Team-Building series, and special guest speaker at SEDC’s Breakfast Leadership Series talks to a packed-room on building cross-cultural, high-functioning teams within organizations

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TEAMING: Executive Teams and Cross-Cultural Teams

This week I’ll be speaking to two separate groups about teams:  the Capital Region HR Association on Executive Teams and the Saratoga Economic Development Council on Cross-Cultural Teaming.  Both are looking for ways to improve the functioning of their teams during economic times when the ability to maximize human potential is critical for success.  No […]

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SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley with Deborah Mackin – Interview 2

Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am.

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SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley – Interview 1

Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am.

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Team-Building Author to Be Feature of SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series

Team-Building Guru and Leadership Coach Set to Talk at Saratoga Economic Development Corporation Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am. To […]

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TEAMING: Hybrid Teams and Why They Gain Greater Engagement, Idea Generation and Buy-In For Decisions

Lisa and I were discussing a team training recently for a highly technical organization when an interesting dilemma emerged.  They call their project teams, teams; they call their project leaders, team leaders.  Yet, the amount of actual teamwork going on is minimal.  The team is accountable to the team leader; the team leader makes all […]

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Building a Process-Efficiency Mindset

Thumbnail : DECISION MAKING: Decision Making Skills for Managers Using the MBTI

DECISION MAKING: Decision Making Skills for Managers Using the MBTI

“Life is the sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960), French Author And many choices we make. Some experts calculate that most adults make 35,000 decisions each and every day. As Albert Camus suggests, decisions are probably the single most influential factor in individual and organizational success – whether they be […]

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DECISION MAKING: Group Decision Making – The Decision Making Tree

Deborah Mackin discusses how to determine the level of authority one has to make decisions within an organization.  She uses the metaphor of the Decision Making Tree to help frame the question. Be sure to check out our Decision Making Workshop  

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Group Decision Making

Name: Group Decision Making Number of Participants: 15-25 Time Frame: 1-2 Day Course Who should attend: Groups or teams who are in decision making positions and want to improve their results Participants will be able to: – Understand what impairs our ability to make decisions – Apply a 4-step “best practice” decision-making approach – Recognize […]

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DECISION MAKING: Decision Day – When Mediocrity Is No Longer Acceptable

The idea for this blog came in two different stages.  Two weeks ago I was sitting in a meeting where Deb, our founder, remarked to a senior level executive, “If you want this initiative to work, you’re eventually going to have to have a decision day.”  I had heard that phrase a couple other times, […]

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NDCBlogger 2010 Greatest Hits

A special feature this week to commemorate the top 10 greatest blog hits of this year.  It has been our goal in creating this blog series to be a venue for professionals to gain insight and clarity around what it truly means to be a manager and leader in today’s world.  Hopefully we have accomplished this by […]

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DECISION MAKING: 3 Foundations To Business Decision Making

Click Here To Download NDCPodcaster: 3 Fundamentals To Business Decision Making By Michael Harrington, Director for New Training and Strategic Initiatives Featured in the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Business Library (October 2010)

DECISION MAKING: The 3 Foundations of Business Decision Making: Mission, Vision, Values

Decisions. We all make decisions; we make decisions about our lives, our families, during our jobs and for our company.  This morning I decided to stop and let a pedestrian cross the street.  Now why do you think I decided to do that?  Was it because I’m a stickler for the rules, or because I […]

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The Best of NDCBlogger – Year in Review

Well, what a year for NDCBlogger!  After making the decision to go full steam ahead a year ago and start blogging we have had great fun coming up with topics every week that spark debate, question traditional philosophies and hopefully, inspire you to perform with excellence. We created our blog program as a venue for […]

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DECISION MAKING: Key Decision Making Tragedies and What We Can Learn From Them

As we’re watching the horror of the oil explosion unfold in the Gulf of Mexico and its untold effect on wildlife in the wetlands and the Louisiana coastline, it seems like we’ve been here before.  Listening to one of the oil rig operators recently on 60 Minutes describe the errors in decision making, reminded me […]

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TEAMING: Key Mile Markers on the Road to Top-Notch Teaming

- a recap of the 2010 Bright Ideas with Presenter Lisa Dunbar –   To round out our month on teaming, I thought I’d share some highlights from my presentation “The Road to Top Notch Teaming” from the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Bright Ideas Conference.       Choose the right vehicle to get you where you […]

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TEAMING: Team-Building 3.0 – The Road To Top-Notch Teaming

Successful teams don’t leave success to chance. They plan for success. They are set up to succeed from the beginning. They spend 2/3 of their time planning what they will do and 1/3 of their time actually doing it. That includes spending time on process and relationship before task. Teaming 3.0 doesn’t involve some new […]

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TEAMING: Why Groups Struggle

When the phone rings, it’s often an organization or business calling to talk to us about a group or team that is having problems with communication, personalities, or group dynamics.  As a result, the project or task isn’t coming together as everyone anticipated.  In fact, in one case the project had been delayed 7 months […]

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4 Immediate EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION: Ways to Add Personal Success and Power to Your Staff by Year's End

This is often the time of year when staff are scrambling to finish projects by year-end or preparing to formulate goals, both professionally and personally for the coming year. How can we help our staff to choose a path of success and personal power rather than failure and lowered self esteem? 1. Help them to […]

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LEADERSHIP: Creating and Sustaining Senior Leadership Teams

Autumn is the time of year when senior leadership teams are working on strategic plans, finalizing budgets, and making last minute adjustments to bring the fourth quarter in on target.  While some leaders question whether a team is a viable structure to coordinate strategy at that level, others are becoming increasingly aware that business demands […]

DECISION MAKING: Taking the Mystery Out of Building Consensus

A lot of people throw around the idea of building consensus as a way to sound collaborative. “Hey, let’s be in consensus on this idea, okay?” or “We want our managers to build consensus with the workforce, rather than just telling them what to do.”  In fact, there probably aren’t any people who are against […]

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