Can You Be More Intentional About Meetings?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash Hands up, who loves work meetings? Stupid question? You’re probably rolling your eyes, not raising your hand in affirmation. A slew of workplace memes and Dilbert cartoons mock the stereotype of compulsory, oppressive, time-wasting endurance sessions. Everyone hates meetings. There’s definitely a problem here. According to research [...]

By |2019-03-29T18:04:33-04:00March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Great Learning Is All About Love

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. - Carl Jung Learning to play the pututu in Peru [...]

By |2019-02-16T10:27:02-04:00February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Want your team to be great? Seduce them with questions.

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash Conversation is a big part of human dynamics. How we talk, how we listen, how we communicate our intent: our interactions affect the emotional state of the people around us. During their initial work defining the Core Protocols, Jim and Michele McCarthy focused on work teams. They [...]

By |2019-01-17T18:54:35-04:00January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

With Love from Your Awesome Future Self

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what the last twelve months have brought you and what you’ve learned or done—and to look ahead to the promise of the coming year. It’s a blank page on which you can write whatever future you desire for yourself. A blank page can [...]

By |2018-12-21T00:11:16-04:00December 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Love, Friendship, and High-Performance Teams

What is love? Many great writers, artists, and philosophers have tried to define love over the years. They’ve all approached it from different perspectives and produced some interesting answers. I won’t compete with the romantics here. My interest is in workplace relationships and teams. After working for so long with the Core Protocols and observing teams that have high [...]

By |2018-10-26T11:36:05-04:00November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ask For Help: The Devil Is in the Detail

Photo by Henri Pham on Unsplash In last month’s blog, we looked at some of the reasons we find it difficult to ask that simple question, “will you help me?” I wanted to come back to Ask For Help again because despite being one of the simplest team behaviors to explain or describe, it seems [...]

By |2018-09-25T17:45:27-04:00September 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Get By with a Little Help from My Team

Photo by Rémi Walle on Unsplash I get by with a little help from my team… Or I could have called this, Help, I need somebody, not just anybody There are lots of song lyrics and literature references about asking for help and looking for the support of others. And also about how [...]

By |2018-10-13T15:08:10-04:00August 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meditate and Motivate: Shared Success at Work

I’ve been reflecting on some recent research into workplace motivation published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (and reported in The New York Times) by Kathleen D. Vohs and Andrew C. Hafenbrack, which concluded that meditation was not a good thing for workplace productivity.This was surprising to me, given all the evidence about intrinsic motivation and [...]

By |2018-08-27T11:18:01-04:00July 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

High Performance and Productivity at Tesla

Credit: jurvetson@Flickr Most people don’t want internal memos leaked and made public, but if you are the iconic figurehead of a ground-breaking innovator like Tesla, you probably expect to have your every word scrutinized and poured over. So we’re not the only ones fascinated by the productivity advice sent by Elon Musk to his [...]

By |2018-08-27T11:18:42-04:00May 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aligning for Success: Getting the Universe to Help You Pay Attention to What You Want

The Italian Job* My colleague mentioned, “By the way, I was thinking of Sicily, for the September conference.” Me: “Mmm… Where?” Colleague: “Southern island of Italy. Nice climate for the time of year, and I heard about a great new venue there. If you agree I’ll check it out and get back to you.” “Sure, [...]

By |2018-04-27T14:59:01-04:00April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments