Team Development


Do you imagine a lifetime career with one employer? It’s more likely that a lifetime career will span multiple companies, in multiple industries, and may also include a business ownership or self-employment experience.  If you prepare yourself to succeed in a variety business arenas, then your odds of building a lifetime career, one that transcends marketplace changes by successfully adapting, will be vastly increased. ...

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We’ve all been to leadership conferences and training events where inspirational headliners deliver a passionate and rousing presentation that holds our attention and affirms the presenter as an effective professional speaker. However, it is a rare event where we actually implement elements of the speaker’s message, and add to our go-to leadership playbook. Can you think of the last time this happened for you? What line...

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Do you only associate innovation with those well-known products that changed the course of human history? We all can list “The Big Product Innovations”: the light bulb, telephone, airplane, Post-It-Notes, the Apple personal computer, and the iPhone. OK, maybe Post-It-Notes doesn’t really make the list of “Big Ones”, but I bet you still have some! In 380 BC, Plato wrote the following in his ancient book...

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A generation of current workers are learning that their acquired skills only qualify them for lower-paying, entry-level work in an economy where there are fewer higher-paying jobs. A story in The Washington Post states that about half of college graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree. For half of today’s graduates, in order to move forward in their career, they’re finding that they must learn...

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Anna had been working for us for several weeks now, and it just wasn’t working out. The signs of team frustration were appearing again, and I felt that I was beginning to make excuses for our new team member. To be effective, management needs the trust of the team. When the team begins to feel that their leader is protecting and making excuses for a team member, that leader begins to lose the trust of the team members. It was very...

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When the lines between work and social life are blurred, the likelihood of relational dysfunction, substance abuse, or depression among work team members increases. The pressure to be viewed as “always available” can be intense and may result in stress that’s sometimes debilitating. As a manager at several large companies, I saw team members who became unable to cope with their work responsibilities, and in order to protect my...

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