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How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

Last week we had the pleasure of presenting a half-day workshop for the Vermont Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD) at Champlain College focused on the Millennial worker.  The room had a great mix of generations and professionals all wondering about this new emerging workforce. The assortment of organizations in the room and around the […]

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90% of Millennials Don’t Plan to Stay with an Employer for more than 5 Years. Now What!?

The vast majority of Millennials (90%) do not plan to stay with any given employer for more than five years.  More than a third of Millennials (37%) say they plan to stay no more than two years.  Almost 40% of Millennials start a new role already planning their next career move in the immediate future.  […]

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Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

Next month on June 19th, we’ll be presenting Leading Millennials: How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Generation in Your Workplace at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog post on this newest workplace generation (born 1980-2001), although our commitment to understanding and interest in the Millennial […]

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Learn from the US Government Shutdown: Set Good Team Processes and Continually Improve Them

Several weeks ago, we trained a group of employees on team effectiveness as they embarked on a rigorous program where in teams of three, they would be tasked with coming together each week, functioning as a team, to solve a complex business problem. It was clear from the start that these “mini-teams” would need to […]

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Government Shutdown and How to Bring a Dysfunctional Team Back to the Table to Work Together

Having worked with all sorts of teams for nearly 30 years and written three books on team-building (and a soon to be a fourth), the “need” that continues to come up is around team repair and restoration.  How do you get teams back on track when they have derailed? We are all by now familiar […]

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The Workplace Accountability Trail Guide

It’s time to be a trailblazer in your department, team and organization!  As a leader how can you move the ball just a little bit forward and become the leader everyone is expecting you to be?  Finding an effective and long-lasting way to get people to be more accountability under your leadership speaks volumes about your […]

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COACHING: The 3 Types of People You Need In Your Dynamic Support Team

Michael Bungay Stanier in his book, Do More Great Work is clear when he says, “Doing Great Work by yourself means it’s not Great Work.” He goes on to say, “To get the job done, we all need support from those around us – family, friends, and colleagues. “  For many of us that can […]

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The MBTI and Your Leadership Team Workshop

The MBTI is the most well-known personality instrument.  This training takes Type to a new level, examining your leadership team’s strengths and “hot spots” when planning, solving problems, making decisions and managing change.  The team will leave the training with clear actions for performance improvement.

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TEAMING: How To Implement Your Own Tiger Team

Last week we explored the background of Tiger Teams – how they began and their original purpose.  The realization for me was that Tiger Teams had evolved from an espionage orientation to a problem solving one.  That evolution opens up the possibility for all organizations to explore the value of creating Tiger Teams.  It also […]

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TEAMING: Tiger Teams – The New Frontier of Teaming

Awhile back I ran into this term – Tiger Teams – and was intrigued by how a Tiger Team might differ from another type of team, or if it was simply a glorified name for a team that would oversee something like a Kaizen event.  What does being a Tiger Team really mean?  Is becoming […]

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LEADERSHIP: The High Engagement Workplace (HEW)

As managers and leaders we go through stages when certain concepts or philosophies become the “watchword” of the day.  So is the case now with the word “engagement.”  Many employers are worried that three years of economic turmoil have affected employee commitment.  Not surprising really, since the statisticians are reporting that one-third of the workforce […]

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Ubuntu!

The word “teamwork” has become so overused that for many it’s meaningless. “We’d like to see some good teamwork here.”  “Let’s work as a team and show some fantastic results.”  “This won’t be achieved unless we all pull together as a team.”  Team is a platitude thrown around by managers with very little expectation of […]

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TEAMING: The Look, Tone, and Feel of a High-Performance Team

There is something really cool about watching a high performance team in action.  Recently, a senior leadership team scheduled a two-day work session to revamp their priorities and direction for the coming year.  The processes they used to surface and acknowledge their weak spots, develop strategies to address their challenges, reach consensus and develop concrete […]

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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 […]

TEAMING: FAQ #3: What happens if someone does not want to work as a team?

When management has made a clear statement that the organization will be team-based, then the individual has to have a serious self-talk to see if he/she wants to continue working for the organization. Fundamentally, in a team-based organization there is no choice and individuals need to recognize that fact. In an organization where management hasn’t […]

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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 Teams Fail to Function Effectively

There have been many articles and books written on why teams fail, including the very popular Five Dysfunctions of Teams.  For this blog, I’d like to go off the beaten path a bit and look at some of the less discussed reasons why teams fail – the other six dysfunctions of teams. 1. Wanting team-based […]

TEAMING: Implement Teams . . . Sooner or Later?

Last summer I had the opportunity to attend the University of North Texas conference for collaborative organizations and heard several key points that I think are worth sharing. One speaker talked about the characteristics born in a crisis driven organization: Bad planning where there are few requirements and resource shortfall due to always saying yes […]

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