Team Dynamics

A Team Always in Perfect Agreement is Perfectly Useless

I spend most of my time helping leaders build high performing teams, and the process of doing some discovery with a new inquiry sometimes leads to interesting revelations. Some of my prospects frankly see no need for our assistance because their teams “are working very well”. This is by far…

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Live Webcast: Becoming an Exceptional Team Leader

On August 10, 2018, we are having a very special webcast created for lawyer-managers. We know that lawyers responsible for managing other lawyers have client demands as well, so it is just from 12:00-12:15 Eastern time! At many law firms, team leaders frequently are thrust into their role due to…

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Being a Blue Angel requires visualization. Every time.

Since 1946, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels has been the premier military flight demonstration squadron. They resist being called an aerobatic team because they are not out there doing tricks. They showcase maneuvers and capability that every fighter pilot is capable of demonstrating. I have attended at least 100 of…

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Owning and learning from failure as a team

In an organization strictly focused on the cult of the individual, we are all in it for ourselves. We get all the rewards, all the glory, all the bonuses, and all the benefits of being successful. We also get all the pressure, all the risk, and all the stress. Failure is…

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Creativity and play are key to building team trust

We work really hard sometimes to show people how hard we are working. For some people, there is nobility in misery. You see this in individuals, teams, and organizations that look with disdain on companies that have bean bag chairs, bowling nights, and seemingly silly rituals that bring smiles to…

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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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