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Go Beyond (Hiring) The Stars

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If our strategy is to hire only stars, it will be expensive and we will have a tough time finding people. We will also have a tough time when the stars stumble in the face of new things. Often stars stick rigidly to what made them stars. And there are always lots of new things. […]

Which Matters More?

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Question: Which matters more: strong business results or a good team? Answer: Yes. You see, we can build the team and culture we want while we deliver​ great results.   In your corner, Mike Today’s photo credit: vandinglewop A Fork In The Road via photopin (license)

Tell, Tell, Tell, Yell!

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Tell, tell, tell, yell. (To which we all respond with hide, fight, complain, and deflect.) Easy but not so effective, is it? What does work? Build relationship and trust constantly. Agree to argue the points not the personalities. Agree on the why and outcomes before the how, when, and who details. Make sure everyone is […]

Some Wind In Their Sails

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When people are down, they can’t be productive and they pull others down with them. Sometimes all they need is some wind in their sails. They need just to be told they are good, doing good work, and that everything is turning out just fine. You are good. You are doing good work. And everything is […]

The Fundamental Challenge for Teams

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The fundamental challenge for any team of two or more people is trust. When there is lack of trust, issues about who does what, who has the ideas, who sets the agenda, and who gets credit bloom into conflict, politics, and poor results. To build trust in a team, we start with ourselves. We choose to […]


You Can’t Solve Team Conflicts

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We have all seen conflict arise between team members. In many cases, resolution is quick. Sometimes, though, the conflict gets personal. The affected team members complain vocally about or quietly sabotage each other. They form alliances. Simple decisions become “federal cases.” Work grinds to a crawl. Fun evaporates. Everyone suffers. People then look to us, […]

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Leader Win-Team Win

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Q: Does the leader make the team or the team the leader? A: Yes. A successful group needs a great team and leader. Change either and all bets are off.   In your corner, Mike PS: Q: When a team is not successful, is it the leader or the team that needs to change? A: […]

Why Organizations Fail – Another Symptom

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In the previous post, I said that organizations often fail because they are focused on the wrong things.  Symptoms include people arguing over how something gets done, who decides things, and when things get done. Here is a related symptom of the same problem: protracted arguing over which ideas, projects, strategies, and investments should be […]

The Leader’s Secret

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A client and friend asked, “How do I get my team to work smarter?” We could talk about a practical set of steps to take. But the real secret is the finesse needed to have these steps work. The finesse… …is almost impossible to see in action unless you are looking for it. …starts with […]