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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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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 […]

Thumbnail : Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

Guestblogger: Betty DiMaria, CEO of Aras Performance – Betty has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology.  She has worked in the corporate, nonprofit, and municipal sectors—in industries including insurance, health care, manufacturing, technology, government, and association management. In 2012, DiMaria founded Aras Performance Group, and serves as CEO and Performance Strategist. […]

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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 […]

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

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.  […]

Thumbnail : Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

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 […]

Thumbnail : A Manufacturing Floor Operator’s Experience with High Performance Teams and What It’s Meant To Him

A Manufacturing Floor Operator’s Experience with High Performance Teams and What It’s Meant To Him

  This is a manufacturing floor operator’s thoughts on implementing a high performance team culture in his organization. They’re about 3 months into it and he is astounded at the results and being seen as a valuable asset to the organization.  Just get on the bus!

Thumbnail : The Façade of Teaming and What Real Teaming Looks Like

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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Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

We recently began work with a fortune 1000 company whose sales have quadrupled over the past four years and who now boasts a more than 6,000 employee workforce. Despite that enormous growth and success, the company is deciding to make massive changes within its culture and the way it conducts business. Why? Why change when […]

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Delegation: 11 Tips, Tactics and Tools to Effectively Harness the Power of Your Team

Last week we wrote about the need for both a steering team and a design team in order to delegate the heavy demands on leadership to run both operations and designing cultural shifts within an organization.  We argued that having both the steering team (senior leadership team), as well as a design team (a team […]

Thumbnail : High Performance Teams – The Benefits of Creating Both a Steering Team and a Design Team for Maximum Output

High Performance Teams – The Benefits of Creating Both a Steering Team and a Design Team for Maximum Output

Recently, an organization expressed interest in transforming from a traditional top-down, supervisory model to a high performance, high engagement, lean organizational model.  These types of challenges place a heavy demand on leadership in terms of finding the time to run the operations and concurrently design, plan and implement something totally new.  As much as leadership […]

Thumbnail : Beware the Latest Buzzword:  Is ‘Holacracy’ Just Teaming in Disguise?

Beware the Latest Buzzword: Is ‘Holacracy’ Just Teaming in Disguise?

When Zappos indicated its strategic shift to the concept of “holacracy,” and suggested that management titles would be dissolved, everyone sat up and took notice.  What is holacracy?  What new social engineering is going on that we need to know about and perhaps copy? Not unlike the buzz of Total Quality Management, Lean, Six-Sigma, and […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Adds A Second Office in Albany, New York

New Directions Adds A Second Office in Albany, New York

Leadership & Team-Building Firm to Open A Second Office in Albany  Leadership development & team-building firm New Directions is adding another location at 920 Albany Shaker Road in Albany, New York at the beginning of the 2014 year.  New Directions’ headquarters is currently located at 5 Bank Street in North Bennington, Vermont.  The Albany location […]

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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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New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

Local workforce training and leadership development firm New Directions celebrates its 29th year of business on July 18th 2013.  The firm, started in 1984 by Deborah Mackin out of her spare bedroom with a $500 loan from her mother, now is a global firm that works with vast array of local and global organizations looking […]

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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 […]

Thumbnail : SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley with Deborah Mackin – Interview 2

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.

Thumbnail : SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley – Interview 1

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.

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

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 […]

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

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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TRAINING: State of the Training and Development Industry

Each year we look forward to the release of the ASTD State of the [Training] Industry report which cites trends and statistics on employee development.  Many of our clients use this data to help benchmark their own efforts, and to forecast trends for the future. The 2011 report, based on a diverse sampling of 461 […]

Thumbnail : QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Building an Elevator Speech for Quality Using the 5Ps Model

QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Building an Elevator Speech for Quality Using the 5Ps Model

In his November blog, Paul Borawski makes reference to having the “elevator speech” ready to go when it comes to talking about quality.  We thought our contribution to November World Quality Month (#WQM12) might be to help people construct their elevator speeches in a way that’s easy to remember and engages other people. At New […]

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TRAINING: Why Employee Training and Skill Development Is The Number One Way To Retain Employees

According to the American Management Association, the cost of hiring and training a new employee can vary from 25 to 200% of annual compensation.  The turnover cost for an employee can be 15%, which means it costs $2,500 to lose an $8/hour employee – the more the employee earns the more it costs to replace […]

Thumbnail : QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Using the Star Point Structure to Increase the Value of Quality

QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Using the Star Point Structure to Increase the Value of Quality

This month the ASQ leadership is asking, “How do you increase the value of quality in organizations beyond what is traditionally thought of as a quality function?”  The question is framed by ASQ CEO Paul Borawski’s participation in a brand new organization called The Smart New Manufacturing Coalition.  Ironically, we believe the answer to the […]

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The Case for Great Soft Skills Training

In a recent Robert Half International Survey which was taken by more than 2,300 professionals worldwide, 73% of participants thought training was the number one way to increase workplace retention. Soft Is Actually Hard In the same respect we’ve recently come across these numbers as they relate to soft skills in the workplace. We tend […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Teaming in a Virtual Environment

TEAMING: Teaming in a Virtual Environment

Work is now in the virtual network, not in the office.  The network becomes the place of work, of value creation, of communication, of management, and to some extent social intercourse.  Logging on is not just another activity, but a signal of your arrival in the electronic workplace.

Thumbnail : The Case for In-House Training Teams Article

The Case for In-House Training Teams Article

In this article we discuss how organizations can cut cost while offering employee development by implementing In-House Training Teams within their organizations.

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Team-Building Samples Kit

A companion piece to Mackin’s best-selling Team-Building Tool Kit, this Samples Kit provides all the agendas, protocols, charts, assessments and tools to launch a functional team.  These samples have helped team-based organizations such as Coca-Cola, Sanofi Pasteur, Delta Faucet, and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory reach a high-performance platform of teaming within their industry.

Thumbnail : Fluid Teams – a New and Emerging Structure within the Teaming Continuum

Fluid Teams – a New and Emerging Structure within the Teaming Continuum

At the 2008 Olympics, Beijing built what has become known as the Water Cube to house many of the swimming competitions of the 2008 games including diving and synchronized swimming. In July 2003, the Water Cube design was chosen from 10 proposals in an international architectural competition for the aquatic center project. The Water Cube was specially designed and […]

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Management and Supervision Skills: Focusing on Collaboration

    Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal. In business, it is seen as a way of coordinating different ideas from numerous people to generate a wide variety of knowledge to achieve strategic objectives (wiki). I like how that sounds. I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows lately, Everyday Italian, in particular. […]

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10 Tips to Becoming a Better Business-Team Coach: From Supervisor to Mentor

My recent work with a traditional organization looking to become team-based has afforded me the opportunity to dig deeper into the role of the coach and its importance in the operation of a team. During a transition like the one above, the title of coach can many times be seen as symbolic, as in just […]

Thumbnail : Tool Kit Published In the Polish Language

Tool Kit Published In the Polish Language

Mackin Seen As An International Authority on Teaming Deborah Mackin and her best-selling book, The Team Building Tool Kit, Second Edition (AMACOM 2007) has been published in the Polish language through the publisher Rebis. Mackin, seen by many in the industry as an authority on teams, has coached and provided insight to workplace teams across […]

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Mackin Featured in Inc. Magazine's Premier BUILD Magazine

Deborah Mackin, founder and principal Performance Strategy Consultant at New Directions Consulting, was a featured author in the premier issue of BUILD Magazine from the creators of Inc. Magazine. The article entitled, “Six More Reasons for Team Dysfunction,” works off Patrick Lencioni’s famous The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by highlighting six other areas of […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Getting Past the Storm in Team-Building

TEAMING: Getting Past the Storm in Team-Building

B. W. Tuckman was the creator of the Team Development Wheel, which identified four stages of development for any group or team.  The first stage is called forming when the team is first pulled together to do the work it’s been assigned. A forming team is on its best behavior; communication is polite but tentative […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Traditional vs. Innovative Managers (Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert)

TEAMING: Traditional vs. Innovative Managers (Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert)

Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert was a plant manager at Rohm and Haas Bayport, Inc. in the early days of “participative management” or what we would now call team-oriented management. Gilbert worked at Rohm and Haas for over 34 years  and 10 years as their plant manager. Gilbert now enjoys retirement and discussing the need for American […]

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Fundamentals of Teaming Workshop

Name: High-Performance Teaming including the Impact of Personality on Teaming Number of Participants: 15-25 Time Frame: 2 Day Workshop Who should attend?: Best when an entire department or team are trained together, however, individuals will benefit from learning how to build their own workplace teams Participants will be able to: – Understand the definition of […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: NDCPodcaster – Deborah on putting teaming into everyday work

TEAMING: NDCPodcaster – Deborah on putting teaming into everyday work

Download Podcaster: Put Teaming Into Every Day Work Listen to Deborah Mackin & Michael Harrington as they talk more in depth about Deborah’s recent post on “There’s Team & Then There’s TEAMING: How To Get Teaming Into Everyday Work” and how crucial daily teaming is to the health of the team as a whole.   Questions being answered: 1) What […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: There’s Teaming & Then There’s Teaming – How To Get Teaming Into Everyday Work

TEAMING: There’s Teaming & Then There’s Teaming – How To Get Teaming Into Everyday Work

Recently, I conducted some teambuilding sessions for groups of scientists who have been reorganized into new “platforms” that join together into a single department.  Within each platform are scientific “units,” responsible for different parts of the process of getting product out the door. The training sessions are designed to build awareness and commitment toward functioning […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: The Road to Top-Notch Teaming (Bright Ideas Conference)

TEAMING: The Road to Top-Notch Teaming (Bright Ideas Conference)

This is an interview conducted with Lisa Dunbar of New Directions Consulting after she presented: The Road To Top-Notch Teaming at the 2010 Bright Ideas Conference at Siena College.

Thumbnail : TEAMING: How To Implement Your Own Tiger Team

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 […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Tiger Teams – The New Frontier of Teaming

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 […]

STRATEGY: 11 Bold Strategies for Employee Development in 2011

Let’s face it; the economic slowdown has had an effect on the US workforce that we have yet to fully comprehend.  The decision to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks is a tangible reminder of how desperate the employment situation is for so many people.  Those with newly minted college degrees are facing over 14% […]

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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 […]

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

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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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 […]

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

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: Under Siege – When Your Team Comes Under Attack

Last week I was speaking with a manager who shared that his team had been given a hard time recently when they asked for more resources to handle a high priority project.  The comments back, frankly, were not nice.  “Maybe your team shouldn’t be the one handling the project anyway.”  “You’re not taking anything from […]

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