Wicked Problems, Wicked Opportunities: Mindset and Perspective

Joanne Stone and I recently had a great conversation about wicked problems. I love the word wicked. It’s a wonderfully positive word in my native New England vernacular. We use it to amplify or express the superlative of an idea: a wicked good movie, wicked awesome lobster dinner, a wicked nice day at the beach. [...]

By |2020-10-16T18:08:32-04:00October 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Collaborate Better and Save the World

Team Communication in Times of Crisis Once upon a time, a very long time ago—also known as “February 2020”—my personal and professional life consisted of being together and communicating with other people face to face. I gave talks at conferences, business coaching sessions in my clients’ offices, and professional training in their classrooms and in [...]

By |2020-08-14T22:04:51-04:00August 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Continuous Integration of People: Teamwork Is The Work

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash Continuous Integration of People: a how-to guide Share emotional connection continuously. On a regular cadence: Do an emotion check-in with your teammates on a regular rhythm. Check-in with each other at least once every 24 hours. Try more frequent check-ins, like every half-day, or even every hour. [...]

By |2020-05-10T15:17:40-04:00May 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stay Amazing Together When Life Is Hard

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash Core Protocols for Remote Teams Check In frequently. Stay connected with each other emotionally. Explicitly Pass on an activity by typing or saying, “I pass.” Explicitly Check Out by typing or saying, “I’m checking out.” Manage your apps’ alerts and notifications appropriately. Ask for Help early and often. Use [...]

By |2020-04-20T19:15:56-04:00April 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Feel Unsafe Here! How to Embrace Conflict

“I feel unsafe here!” Photo by Frank Busch on Unsplash Millennials get a bad rap for snowflake-like sensitivity and delicacy. It’s impossible to criticize anything a Millenial says or does – so the story goes. They’ll call you out on it and accuse you of creating an unsafe space. Millennial or not, sometimes [...]

By |2020-02-24T09:14:52-05:00February 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Lived with the Monkeys for Three Months

Cuando era un bebé, viví con las monas durante tres meses. When I was a baby, I lived with the monkeys for three months. Photo by Tj Kolesnik on Unsplash My Spanish teacher tilted her head sideways like a puppy trying to understand the world through new eyes. My words were correct. My [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:43:58-05:00January 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Team Transformation Canvas

Want an Awesome Team? Start With You. Want an easy tool to help you start building the best team of your life? That’s what the Team Transformation Canvas is: a practical worksheet to help you and your teammates discover the best in each other and put it into action. The canvas facilitates individual self-awareness of [...]

By |2020-09-01T16:15:53-04:00November 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Will Never Do Anything Dumb On Purpose

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This includes the fundamentals of human nature: what motivates us, how we work together in groups, how we collaborate and communicate. The essential truths are unchanged — from the earliest human tribes just trying to survive, to the high-performance teams of today. The Core Protocols—derived [...]

By |2019-10-23T10:21:29-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Engagement Is About Me (And You)

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash Real-world cases and challenges—this is the exciting part of my work in high-performing teams. Real people have complicated and unpredictable lives and behaviors. This is where ideas get tested. For example, I recently got involved in a discussion about showing up at meetings. A team leader [...]

By |2019-08-27T17:14:46-04:00August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Great Team in One Day

Photo by Thomas Drouault on Unsplash Like every good citizen, I was glad to do my civic duty. Juror service never comes at the most convenient of times, but it’s a responsibility that’s part of our social contract. When I got the call, I was happy to answer. The empaneling process was interesting, [...]

By |2019-08-20T19:56:36-04:00July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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