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Secrets In Getting More For Your Training Dollar

May 7, 2013

Note:  Consider viewing the article pre-empting this post titled, “The Cost of Team Building

Once we schedule a trainer/facilitator/speaker for your program, to a great extent, longer programs don’t really cost you, the client, that much more.  The difference in the fees for a 2 hour are 4 hour program, at least for us, is nominal at best.  The cost difference between a 6 and 8 hour program is typically minimal.  Fees generally begin adding up when a client desires a four hour program however wishes to start at 9am and include a Continue reading

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Why Your Team May Not Be Performing (as a team)

April 7, 2013

How could a company have a group of highly successful individuals not perform well as a team?

Over the years we have come into contact with organizations of highly motivated and successful individuals, yet as a team, they failed at achieving their potential as teams – and therefore as individuals.  How and why does this occur?

Reason #1  Environments that emphasize individual performance through recognition and rewards systems generally get what they pay for – individual performance.   While there is inherent benefit to such internal competition, a reminder that we’re on the same team can Continue reading

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The Commitment to Continual Improvement

April 1, 2013

If you’ve had a cold or perhaps the flu, the doctor may have prescribed an antibiotic in which you were to take two dosages, twice a day, for 10 days.

How many of you actually took the two dosages, twice a day, for 10 days?

If you were like me, there is a greater possibility that you took the two dosages for several days began feeling better and the remaining dosages can still be found in your medicine cabinet two years later. Afterall, we began feeling better, we saw improvement and decided we didn’t need the remaining medicine.

Organizations do Continue reading

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Staying Motivated And On Point

March 26, 2013

Helping Our Employees Stay Motivated and On Point.

Unemployment – close to 8% nationally and one of the highest rates in 25 years. Wage cuts, layoffs, reductions, and yes, the mention of corporate corruption in every issue of every newspaper and magazine we pick up. Company stock prices have fallen, many times detrimentally effecting savings and retirement accounts to say the least of foregone company stock option plans. We have been directed to do more with less – less manpower, less budget, seemingly less everything. And there’s a feeling that somebody needs to be blamed.

It is tough to get Continue reading

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Elements of a High Performance Team

March 10, 2013

I wish there were only one, two or even three characteristics of a high performance team.  That would make describing them perhaps acquiring such attributes somehow easier.  But it’s just not that easy – but it isn’t that hard either!  No doubt this list is not all-inclusive, however I would suggest it would be difficult to find a high performing team without each of these attributes.

Mission driven team members: Possessed more than a mere goal, they possessed a vision of their future and they conducted themselves with inexplicable energy.
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Can We Teach Accountability?

January 15, 2013

Accepting responsibility for our actions seems almost novel.

The idea of accepting personal responsibility for our own actions, while not new, sometimes seems almost novel. On any given day we hear in the news of another event in which someone faults others for personal mishaps. Afterall, there is great comfort in holding someone responsible other than ourselves for the bad things that happen in our lives.

As for developing more accountable employees in organizations, To some great extent, as organizations we created our own challenge. For the greater part of the 20th century, corporations nurtured a parental relationship Continue reading

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The Soft & Essential Side of Team Building

January 1, 2013

Creating a team or developing an existing team into a successful team capable of achieving an organization’s goal can be daunting. While there are numerous organizations that recognize employee teams require maintenance as any other organizational asset, there are others that do not.

To expect that a group of employees, many times hired at separate times under very different conditions or by previous team leader, will perform as a finely honed machine is unrealistic. It is also unreasonable to expect that a group of employees banded together by a department name and loosely referred to as a team, will perform Continue reading

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Service Engine (Team) Soon

September 7, 2012

Recently I was driving the family car when I noticed a “warning” light appear on the dash – “Service Engine Soon”.  Alarmed, I immediately called my neighborhood mechanic.  He advised me that while it could be numerous things, with the quick use of a diagnostic tool they possessed, and through the use of some “uniform trouble codes”, they should be able to uncover the problem and have my car back to me no time.

Wow.  I wonder if they have such a tool for troubled teams. One that spits outs generally understood “uniform trouble codes” to Continue reading

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Team Supplies for a High Performance Team

September 1, 2012

What makes for high performance team building?

My sons will begin school in a few weeks, and, as usual I expect to receive a list of school supplies of which I will only partially comprehend the requirements. There will be items on the list to which
I have never heard of and others that possess such detail that it will require numerous calls and trips to the store before finding the precise item the teacher requires.

It is the same of teams. There are requirements for creating high performance teams, some of which will require extra effort to understand, Continue reading

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The Most Crucial Component of Teams

August 26, 2012

We mistake groups of people for teams

What is it that makes some teams highly successful while others flounder? The most common error is that we mistake groups of people for teams. A collection of employees, athletes or children gathered together, (company, sport, etc.) may, by definition constitute a team as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary: “any group organized to work together”.

It is at this point that the difference between a Heritage defined “team ” and an effective and winning team parts company. A winning team is characterized and measured in terms of a team’s output, the Continue reading

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