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 is Agency and How Does it Benefit a Team?

man taking agency up stairs into sun

Gary Gunderson, a pioneer in the field of faith in public health, explored many theories, research papers, speeches, and presentations about the causes of death. Medical science is continually focused on the causes of death and preventing them. For instance, if obesity is a leading cause of death, we focus on avoiding obesity. The same […]

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 […]

“Character” Defined: What does it mean for the workplace?

a weathered sign with three planks points in three directions in a desert

What is “sound character”? It is the combined attributes of a person that prove solid and unshakable during difficult and disorienting challenges. We each think differently, and we believe different things. But there are commonalities that tend to produce an honorable person, a person with sound character. (There are also people with “unsound” character.) As […]

Meaningful Celebration in the Workplace

A workplace celebration

How is meaningful celebration achieved in the workplace? It takes more than free food, although without food, celebration often feels incomplete. People tie meaning to the reasons for and frequency of celebration. It’s a combination of thoughtful consideration and authentic spontaneity, both of which feel authentic to people when they experience them as an integral […]

A Manager’s Guide To Compliments Versus Encouragement

a winding path through the woods

Navigating the nuanced differences between compliments and encouragement is at times a winding road, but take heart. Both compliments and encouragement can be used to your advantage to create a healthy workplace environment, especially with a little attention to detail. Let’s take a look at the benefits of encouragement, compliments, and the in-between.  Workplace Compliments […]

What’s Your Story?

Realigning a dysfunctional cultural narrative is very difficult. The best way to approach this is directly.

A “World Cup” Team

People are diverse, complicated, and often challenging to manage. So how do you take talent, skill, and personality to create a winning team?

Team Checkup

Hard Lessons The odometer on my Toyota RAV4 just clicked over the magical 100,000 mile mark. That event triggered two immediate thoughts: 1) I drive too much (LOL!); and 2) I need to get this car into the shop for its 100,000 mile check up. That second thought came from a hard lesson years ago […]