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Thumbnail : Reaching Consensus on Key Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

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 […]

Thumbnail : Making Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

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 […]

Thumbnail : Sowing the Field for Self Directed Work Teams in Your Organizations

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. […]

Thumbnail : Creating a Dual-Operating System – The Star Point System of High Performance Teams

Creating a Dual-Operating System – The Star Point System of High Performance Teams

Organizations are always looking for structures that will help drive the necessary changes as well as improve the integration between various functions.  There is an option out there – called the Star Point System – that creates a “dual-operating system” which takes responsibility for crossing over functional areas and linking them all together. Years ago […]

Thumbnail : How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

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

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 […]

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 […]

Thumbnail : Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

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 […]

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

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 […]

Thumbnail : ‘Eliminate Managers?’ Asks Inc. Magazine.  Our Expert Opinion on Flat Organizations.

‘Eliminate Managers?’ Asks Inc. Magazine. Our Expert Opinion on Flat Organizations.

Inc.  Magazine recently had a feature titled Eliminate Managers? CEOs Who’ve Tried It Explain Why It Works.  In the article they discuss the ‘no manager’ org chart and moving organizations from towering hierarchical structures to leaner, flatter structures.   Some of the notables who are attempting this include Zappos, education platform Treehouse, video game company Valve […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Thumbnail : Baseball Commissioner Finally Executes a “Survival of the Hive” Strategy for the Sport

Baseball Commissioner Finally Executes a “Survival of the Hive” Strategy for the Sport

In the wake of this week’s suspension of 13 professional baseball players for alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, including All-Star Alex Rodriguez, baseball historians are suggesting that it is “finally time for action to be taken.”  In 2003 the first baseball drug testing identified 104 players who tested positive, but no actions were taken against […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

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 […]

Thumbnail : SEDC Leadership Breakfast – Cross-Cultural Teaming Part 2

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)

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

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

Thumbnail : TESTIMONIAL: The Value of Deborah Mackin

TESTIMONIAL: The Value of Deborah Mackin

Christopher Quinn of The Vascular Group speaks candidly about Deborah Mackin and why he trusts in her expertise and services.

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Executive Teams and Cross-Cultural Teams

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 : What Makes a Team High-Performance: New Research Shows What It Takes

What Makes a Team High-Performance: New Research Shows What It Takes

We finally have objective data from 21 organizations over 7 years that validates what most team builders have known forever.  The soft, people skills – which really are not soft at all – make the difference in a team’s success.  Let’s look at what they found as defining characteristics:

Thumbnail : Fluid Teams: A New Type of Team for Today’s Demanding Environment

Fluid Teams: A New Type of Team for Today’s Demanding Environment

There is a new type of team emerging with an entirely different framework called Fluid Teams.  These are experts from disparate functions and geographies who must get a temporary project or task up and running, sometimes with completely different priorities, beliefs and values.

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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Facilitated Strategic Planning Workshop

Strategic planning skills may be one of the best-kept secrets in today’s work world.  Everybody in management is talking about it, most management job descriptions call for it, but how many really know what it means and how to DO it? Give yourself, as well as your organization, an extra edge by learning these robust […]

Thumbnail : Best Strategies For Helping Staff Handle Change Workshop

Best Strategies For Helping Staff Handle Change Workshop

The only constant is CHANGE – we all know it and we all struggle to handle it.  During the turbulent days we’re facing, it’s best to have a strategy for helping your staff handle whatever ups and downs come their way.

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 : Studies in Small Group Influence and Persuasion Article

Studies in Small Group Influence and Persuasion Article

Throughout the day we are constantly working in small groups and teams. While in these groups there is a lot of positioning and persuasion going on to get everyone in alignment. Read this article to understand the power of relationships and groupthink within small clusters of people.

Thumbnail : Teams in Government Law Offices (American Bar Association publication)

Teams in Government Law Offices (American Bar Association publication)

Written by Katherine Mikkelson of the  American Bar Association and featuring Deborah Mackin as a subject matter expert on teaming within government, this article get’s into the nitty and gritty of setting up a workplace team.  Not only for government law offices, this article is a must-read for any organization interested in setting up workplace […]

Thumbnail : Let’s Meet: Team Meeting (an AMA publication)

Let’s Meet: Team Meeting (an AMA publication)

Deborah Mackin, a featured expert on teaming, partnered with the American Management Association’s (AMA) to publish Let’s Meet: Team Meetings.   Deborah Mackin has written a classic on team management and continues to be an authority on the subject. This article shares some of the first issues to address when you form a team and prepare for your […]

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The Team-Building FAQ Guide

New Directions and Deborah Mackin have been working with teams for nearly three decades.  Named by many as “the authority on workplace teams” because of our many years in the profession, we have put together a Frequently Asked Questions Guide to help you build your workplace teams.

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 […]

Thumbnail : Teaming in the Workplace: Building a Team That is "Great By Choice"

Teaming in the Workplace: Building a Team That is "Great By Choice"

We’ve been helping organizations implement teams for nearly three decades, with quite frankly, mixed results.  While the approach for designing a high-performance workplace is quite well known, the variables that influence success are often not recognized or given the importance necessary for success. I recently finished Jim Collins and Morton Hansen’s book, Great By Choice, […]

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

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 […]

Thumbnail : Mackin Featured in Inc. Magazine's Premier BUILD Magazine

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 : DECISION MAKING: Group Decision Making – The Decision Making Tree

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  

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: 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.

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