25
Feb

It is not always easy to interpret the culture of an organization from one encounter. You may be seeing an organization on its best day or maybe its worst day. How then, can you really assess the culture? Spend a day and see if you see and hear the same things over and over again. […]

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12
Feb

You would be surprised at the #1 skill that we get asked to provide in our leadership development and team development programs. Yes, we focus on team strengths and how to appreciate the perspectives of others. Yes, we focus on how to create a vision and prepare for the future. Yes, we focus on how […]

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31
Jan

In anticipation of the Superbowl, it is helpful to think about ways we can help our teams be excellent. It is not something that will happen overnight, but it can with hard work and determination to be excellent. We have learned over and over again, as we help teams become better, that they really need […]

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20
Jan

The new Edelman Trust Barometer reveals what we already know: trust drives innovation. When companies care about creating and providing products/services that help solve problems, consumers are more trusting. We have found this in our own research: * Leaders can foster innovation by creating a culture of trust * When there is a culture of […]

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13
Jan

Have you ever worked on a really great team? One that just gelled? Why do you think that team was different than the other teams you’ve worked on? 1. Great teams communicate well. These people know when to talk and when to listen. They really understand each other and their unique perspectives. 2. Great teams […]

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3
Jan

If you have ever been burned by someone, you start to evaluate prospective colleagues as soon as you meet them, trying to figure out if they can be trusted. One way we do this is to use the ROCC of Trust©. We first ask ourselves, is this person reliable? Have they followed through, as promised? […]

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16
Dec

Instead of wondering if there are enough leaders to carry on in our organizations, why don’t we look for and appreciate the strengths that each team member brings to our organization?  Then we can develop those strengths and use them to benefit both the employee and the organization.  We might just find some strengths that […]

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19
Nov

As leaders, it is easy to get caught up in performing well enough to get the next promotion. If that performance helps both you and the organization, then it is probably the right way to lead. If it helps only you, then you are leading no one but yourself. Reflecting on the leadership legacy of […]

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10
Nov

One of the leaders we profile, Bob Lintz, will be at East Carolina University week as the Cunanan Leadership Series speaker for 2014. Since my MBAs are not able to meet Bob, I showed them a video from his days as plant manager. The video highlights many people from his plant: Bob; his HR manager, […]

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21
Oct

We have worked with teams before who were having trouble getting along. Yes, they all got their work done and received their bonuses, but they were not really communicating with each other. It turns out that their boss was undermining their relationships with each other, yet not realizing it. He would talk to one, and […]

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