The Double-Edged Sword of Virtual Teams

virtual teams

Remember when, before video conference calls were the norm, the team was in the same room and we could clearly see the eye rolls, the understanding smiles, the two people in the corner exchanging glances and the boss getting increasingly agitated? Back then there were abundant visual cues that alerted us to more going on […]

Team Values and Behavioral Norms

behavioral norms

“Our problem is not to find better values, but to be faithful to those we profess.”                                                                                                       – John W. Gardner Core Values are the foundational to shaping the behaviors of an individual, a team, and an organization. They influence all our actions, relationships, and work, whether we are aware of them or not. As the […]

Scanning for Danger: Building Psychological Safety on a Team

safety on a team

We’ve all been on teams where we don’t feel comfortable speaking up. We keep quiet even when we know we have something helpful or of value to add. Why is that? Self-censorship often happens in teams that lack what is called psychological safety.  Psychological safety is what you feel when you sense the group thinks, […]

Team Development: Pains and Gains

team meets to grow and learn

Remember when your team began? They were so excited. They seemed nice, fun, agreeable, and really seemed to appreciate your leadership. Things have likely changed since then. It might feel like disagreements surround almost every decision. Maybe they push back on your leadership decisions or style and sometimes it seems like you don’t quite fit […]

Team Purpose and Design

a team puts their hands together

You’ve heard it before: “Form follows function”. It applies to both physical and organizational structures. It applies to systems and processes. It also applies to teams.  Team Purpose A true team needs to know its purpose. Without a clear purpose, it will make up busy work or simply take up time that could be applied […]

Why Does Your Team Exist?

Why do your teams exist?

You’d be surprised at how few people can confidently answer that question.  When contemplating “Why does your team exist” it’s valuable to think like an ant. Ants are incredible creatures. A single ant can carry  10-50 times its own body weight! But even then, it cannot accomplish the main task of the colony alone. So, […]

What Does Hope Mean in the Workplace?

an employee with hope

Hope exists only within an element of risk. Without risk, instead of hope you have assurance. Business, by nature, is risky. No one knows for sure what the future will bring. But in a workplace of healthy human systems, hope is a belief the future can be better than the past and the people involved […]

Helping Others Connect Their Motivations

A close up of an engine's drive belts illustrates how helping others define their motivations shows what drives them.

What personally motivates each individual on your team is complexly unique to them, and that’s a good thing. Just as diversity on a team with a common purpose serves the organization more effectively, diversity of motivations can connect various components for greater momentum. Let’s take a look at helping others identify their personal motives. Purpose […]

Identifying Your Own Personal Motives

diver with personal motives to explore a ship

The question, “Why do we do what we do?” could lead to existential angst, if you chose to see it that way. Or it could be the beginning of a productive dive into understanding your own personal motivation. The deeper the dive, the more you and your team will find to help with productivity and […]

Why Demonstrate Integrity as an Example for Others

A gold compass pointing to integrity

Setting an example worth following requires the establishment of a commonly understood “true north” (not to be confused with “magnetic north”). But it’s not an impossible task. Set your internal compass on demonstrating integrity, and you will lead with significance.  That’s a great sentiment in theory, but how does that translate into building and maintaining […]