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Develop and Leverage Employee Strengths – On Any Budget

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how to develop and leverage employee strengths on a limited budget. It’s really quite doable; most employees want to get better at what they do, to be stronger contributors, and more qualified to advance to greater responsibilities. I have found the most productive and effective organizations, […]
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An Organization Built on Strengths:
Creating Multi-discipline Teams

Have you noticed how people are often paired together because they are similar, rather than because of their diverse strengths? It really doesn’t make sense to me, when teams composed of individuals who vary in their strengths, skills and personalities, feed synergy and motivation. I have seen leaders achieve tremendous results by creating well–rounded, multi-discipline […]
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Leadership Give and Take: Don’t Be a Doormat

When it comes to leadership give and take, “givers,” if taken advantage of too often, will eventually withdraw. I’ve been writing about the paradox of leadership give and take. What I’ve seen in my coaching practice is that when givers become leery and withdraw giving to avoid being hurt, they become completely ineffective. Ultimately, the “takers” […]
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Leadership Give and Take:
The Surprising Benefits of Giving

I’ve been reading about leadership give and take, and the paradox reveals surprising benefits of giving.
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Leadership Give and Take:
The Deception of Taking

I’ve been reading about the paradox of leadership give and take. The premise is that those who try and get as much value as they can, get what they want. They have an intentionality that achieves goals and maximizes opportunity. These “takers” make things happen for themselves, and for the most part, those around them, […]
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When Teams Lack Focus on Results

When team members trust one another, engage in healthy conflict around issues, commit to the decisions they make, and hold one another accountable, there’s a pretty good chance they will succeed. And yet… sometimes they don’t. When teams manage the first four dysfunctions of teams that commonly cause project failures, they still might fail. Why […]
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When Teams Lack Accountability

Accountability is a term that gets overused in the workplace and thus loses some of its power. Here’s a good definition from Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Jossey-Bass, 2002). “When it comes to teamwork, I define accountability as the willingness of team members to remind one another when they are not living […]
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Dysfunctional Teams Lack Commitment

Dysfunctional teams cannot be blamed for all business failures, but they play a major role in unsuccessful projects and missed goals. In his acclaimed bestseller, organizational consultant Patrick Lencioni identifies The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Absence of trust Fear of conflict Lack of commitment No accountability Lack of attention to results No team functions […]
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When Team Conflicts Are Ignored

When teams avoid conflict at all costs, it impedes their effectiveness. A survey found that 91 percent of high-level managers believe teams are the key to success. But the evidence doesn’t always support this assertion. Many teamwork-related problems remain hidden from view, including fear of conflict, the second dysfunction of Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions […]
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Can We Really Fix Dysfunctional Teams?

Organizations waste vast amounts of time, effort and money each year by failing to recognize or correct dysfunctional teams. In spite of dismal success rates, many leaders fail to fix dysfunctional teams. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study of 200 global companies across various sectors―involving more than 10,000 projects―found less than 3% successfully completed their plans. Similar research […]
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