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. …

What If A Leader Shows Vulnerability?

A team’s willingness to be vulnerable usually begins with the leader.  The behaviors of the leader encourage or discourage vulnerability.  When trust is high, team members are more willing to be authentic and vulnerability because they feel safe. Here are some observable ways vulnerability shows up in teams: Team members are willing to take thoughtful risks without fearing the repercussions …