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Team Hygiene Habits

Teams of distinction dedicate time for hygiene. Hygiene literally means practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease. This applies to teams just as it does to people.

Without regular time set aside for the team to work through issues, the team gets toxic. The issues and problems build up. The team energy turns negative. And the team gets derailed.

Teams must schedule in time regularly to hash out the differences, and plan for success. Here are my recommendation for good team hygiene and staying in top team shape:

Daily:  Appreciate.  People are great at finding problems but its… Read the full article >

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Team Diagnostic

Moving past dysfunction to function is one thing. But to move from a functional team to a team of distinction is another. The Team Diagnostic is a great place to start in either scenario. It gives the leadership of a team key insights into how to raise the team’s results. By looking into the level of collaboration, coordination, and commitment, you can understand what levers to pull to move the team to the next level.

Our clients leverage a Team Diagnostic when:

*  Launching a new high-stakes initiative that will require high levels of commitment across the… Read the full article >

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Lumina Team Assessment

The Lumina Team profile shows exactly where you fit in your team and the team profile of traits. It is perfect as its own workshop or as part of a team breakthrough session.

In a snapshot you can see the distribution of personality preferences. You can see at a glance the strong traits and characteristics within a group as well as potential blind spots. Patterns start to emerge, revealing both potential strengths and development opportunities within the team. At an individual level, you can then see where and how you fit in the team.

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11 Ways to Turn Around Your Executive Team, Today

Teams get off course. It happens. Even with good people and the best intentions. Sometimes a new CEO comes in and needs to turn things around to boost profitability; sometimes a C-level executive needs to change the product mix or the team can’t get its head and heart around the new approach; and sometimes the team (for an unknown reason) is simply not as productive as they could be and needs to improve results. In these and many other cases like them, it is not so complicated.

Whether it is a pharma company, a software company, or any other… Read the full article >

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Leading Millennials: What My Grandpa Taught Mark Zuckerberg

What’s old is new again in recruitment, development, and retention, especially for millennials.

My Grandpa’s Story

My Grandpa succeeded in business in 1917 the same way workers succeed at Facebook today in 2017.

Millennials are old fashioned; they want what our grandparents wanted, like this garment worker.

Garment worker cutting fabric (International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985))

Grandpa Irving… Read the full article >

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How to Rally Your Team Using the Natural Workings of the Human Mind

Mediocre leaders focus on having their teams perform carefully proscribed functions for pay. But those companies that excel, those that create extraordinary results in the challenging world of business, are those whose leaders raise the bar to exceptional heights with aspirational ambitions. Aspirational ambitions are established by smart leaders who understand the nature of people. They know that creating something beyond the ordinary requires focusing people on the extraordinary.

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The Nature of People’s Mind

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Team Building for a Beakthrough Year

Most leaders are under the delusion that a successful year happens over the course of 12 months. Setting goals and then giving an ongoing effort on a daily basis, creates success. This is not true. A breakthrough year comes fom a combination of team building efforts which start in January. Top performing leaders understand this intuitively and use January to make December great.

“Fantasizing about the future is one of my favorite pastimes.” – Richard Branson

Branson understands the old adage “start with the end in mind.” I met a top performing SWAT team leader who understands this, too…. Read the full article >

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Why Great Teams Speak Up and Challenge Their Leaders

A recent study at MIT confirmed that many of you reading this need to speak up!

I agree. In my experience working teams made up of scientists, MD’s, engineers, and researchers, many of these leaders were talkers to the detriment of team performance. They are often articulate and captivating, naturally adding value when they speak. But over time, when they lead the conversation, others just check out. The team sits in silence and the result is one-dimensional results.

This is a leadership problem, of sorts, that can be resolved.

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Great Leaders Unleash the Power of Aspiration

Mediocre leaders focus on having their teams perform carefully proscribed functions for pay. But those companies that excel, those that create extraordinary results in the challenging world of business are those whose leaders raise the bar to exceptional heights with aspirational ambitions.
Aspirational ambitions are established by smart leaders who understand the nature of people. They know that creating something beyond the ordinary requires focusing people on the extraordinary.

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Aspirational Ambitions are created to stretch your team. JFK… Read the full article >

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The Invisible Code Of Extraordinary Leaders

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I have detected a Code in successful leaders. One they never state as a strategy, per se, but that emerges like the sun breaking thru the clouds on a foggy day.  

It is so clear and simple that it would never be heralded as an innovation. Because it isn’t. It is an insight that leads to a powerful practice– an invisible one that simply presents itself as a facet of the leader’s personality. 

The code is success = learning mindset + making a difference.

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