Activity: Establishing a “Best Team” Culture

GUEST BLOGGER:  Mark S. Smith, Executive Coach & Author [This is a modified excerpt from Distinctions: 52 Lessons in Leadership by Mark S. Smith] Great teams often have togetherness that shows itself in continued relationships outside of the organization. Poor teams don’t even want to get together within the organization, let alone outside of it. The leader’s role, therefore, is …

Questions to Assimilate New Team Members

When a new leader or team member joins a team, it is important to proactively assimilate that person into the team.  The quicker this happens, the less stressful it is for everyone on the team.  This activity includes a list of questions that a team can use to generate a healthy dialogue. Use these questions to begin to gaining knowledge …

Activity: Pictures From the Past

There is so much we don’t know about our colleagues.  We often know very little about their personal lives and interests, let alone about their childhood and teenage years.  When I learn something about someone’s early life it often gives me a new perspective and appreciation for who they are and what they value.  The people we are closest too …

How to De-Clutter Your Team (Part 2)

Part 2: Simplify Your Workload In Part 1, I shared a technique you can use to periodically de-clutter your work areas.  It feels so good to work in a clean, organized and de-cluttered space.  (Click here to read Part 1) In this blog, I’ll share with you some ideas to simplify your work load.  If you ever feel overwhelmed with …

QUIZ:  How Engaged Is Your Team?

Have you heard the buzz about employee engagement?  It seems to be everywhere.  It’s such a hot topic because study after study shows that engaged employees are more likely to stay with the team, they are more innovative, and they go the extra mile. Bottom line – “engagement” is good for the bottom line. But engagement is not just good …

Team Activity: Rock It!

GUEST BLOGGER: Jinnie Lee Schmid, Performance Improvement Specialist Here’s a team activity that is pretty targeted in it’s purpose – to help team members recognize and reward each other – but ticks all these other marks, too: easy, inexpensive, short, creative, tactile, interactive, and possibly physical. I’ve used this successfully with both intact, internal teams, and teams of seasoned external consultants. …