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

When’s the last time you got good feedback?

Original photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash When’s the last time you got good feedback? Not pat-on-the-back, puts-a-smile-on-your-face feedback. I mean effective feedback, feedback that helped you make a positive change in yourself. Whether from a manager responsible for reviewing your performance, a peer evaluation system, or a 360-degree exercise, giving and receiving [...]

By |2019-08-20T20:06:02-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-08-20T20:17:27-04:00January 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