Performance Insights

Too Much Team Harmony Can Kill Creativity

Want better creativity in your team’s performance? Encourage conflict. I am not suggesting that you hand people broken pool cues and have “tryouts” like we saw in the movie, The Dark Knight. What I am suggesting is that you create a culture that is open to debate, conflict, and alternative points of view.…

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Ask Google if you want to know what makes teams work

I don’t mean type it into their browser (that will get you over 77 million results). I mean ask them about the research they did on how teams can be made more effective. As a Certified Team Performance Coach, I am passionate about finding out what makes great teams tick.…

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Why do we only avoid collaboration with our peers?

When you look at the technical definition of COLLABORATION, it is hard to argue with the philosophy and why you wouldn’t agree with its inherent value. However, when it comes to most people, we are all hoarders. We assume scarcity when there is plenty. We act cautiously of those we…

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The Multiple Personalities of Diverse Teams

You may have found yourself from time to time saying something like, “If it wasn’t for all those people from that other group, we could get something done around here!” Having multiple personalities on a team means that people differ from your point of view, perspective, and approach to solving…

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Lessons for teams from the Naval Academy

This is a final follow up on the Herndon Monument challenge for the plebes at the US Naval Academy. Here is a 2 minute time lapse of the over 2 hour ordeal. Lots of lessons on teams here. 1. Team work and trust begins before the challenge. These plebes have…

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Climbing a greased monument takes a team

I don’t care how good you are. You are not good enough to put a naval officer’s hat on top of a greased, stone monument on your own. You can’t jump that high. You are not that strong. You are not that determined. But, you can do so easily (sort…

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