Are You Caught in Friendly Fire?

February 9, 2017
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You don’t need military experience for the words “friendly fire” to send a chilling and angry awareness through your spine. Someone was harmed but it wasn’t by our enemy – it was by someone on our own side, someone who was supposed to be fighting with us, not against us. Friendly fire happens in business […]

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What Teams Value Most

March 4, 2016
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I’ve written and spoken on the subject of non-negotiables countess times this past year. It’s a topic we now cover with nearly every team we serve. What’s interesting is the themes that have emerged. Though the teams we work with are vastly different in their industry and their challenges – from retail, to heavy manufacturing, […]

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Staying Positive Under Pressure

February 18, 2016
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Our organization’s payroll team has recently gone through a software change, and if you’ve ever been through a significant technology change like that, you probably just groaned and shook your head in shared sympathy. There just isn’t room for error when it comes to dealing with others’ paychecks, so the stress level among this team has […]

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7 Things I’ve Learned About Values

February 11, 2016
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One of the most beneficial exercises we do with teams when we work with them is the values exercise. The values exercise gives each individual teammate the opportunity to sort through and identify the values that he or she holds most dear. They then share those values with their teammates. What does an individual teammate’s […]

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Our Value Doesn’t Lie in Our Busyness

January 21, 2016
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We all have days, weeks, and sometimes seasons where our projects and commitments exceed our capacity. The question is, how do you handle it? You have two options. You can continue to rush around, frazzled and hectic because you have too much on your plate. (This does nothing to lower your own stress level, and […]

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4 Indicators That You’re Serving Too Much

February 9, 2015
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Serving is an essential leadership action. It’s the first thing I tell new leaders to do when they begin a new job: serve. Don’t worry about your title or your salary. Just serve; the career advancements and the money will follow. But serving isn’t just reserved for the newest members on the team. Serving becomes […]

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Where’s Your Sense of Urgency?

November 20, 2014
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You’re furiously working on multiple projects, doing your best to keep from dropping the ball on any one of the numerous items you’re juggling. Yet, your boss is in his office down the hall quietly wondering why you’re dragging your feet on a couple of his priority projects. Doesn’t he know you’re working as fast […]

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Leading a Team Changes Everything

July 28, 2014
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You’ve probably seen an ad by Johnson and Johnson over the years with the slogan that “Having a baby changes everything.” When you have a child, everything does change – or at least it should. Your routines, your hobbies, your meals, your sleep schedules, heck even how you spend your money changes drastically! You change […]

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Unselfish Teamwork

May 27, 2014
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True leaders can appreciate real teamwork and what it can accomplish, even when that example of true teamwork comes from the opposing team. So, Thunder lovers (and Spurs haters), I’m going to have to ask you to put your team loyalties aside for a few moments and join me in witnessing true teamwork at best.

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What Motivates Your Team?

December 5, 2013
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I f you watched the Oklahoma State vs. Baylor football game a week ago Saturday, you might have noticed that the commentators seemed at a loss for words on what to say as the game progressed. Even many OSU fans were surprised that OSU dominated the game the way they did! In the midst of […]

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