If there are superheroes at work, there must be supervillains, right?

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Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.

Why superheroes anyway?

Why superheroes anyway?

We're on a thematic journey of superpowers, superheroes, and kryptonite to get a different perspective on the everyday challenges of doing our best and asking the best of others at work.

One reader asked "Why superheroes? Isn't that a bit hokey for a professional firm that works with leaders and teams?" 

Good question. Here's our take on the reasons for "going superhero"...

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Creative Destruction.

Creative Destruction.

Whether you are acquainted with the term "creative destruction" or not, you are likely acquainted with its effects.  It is the practice of intentionally tearing something down in order to build it back up fresh and new.  In recent weeks I was reminded of this concept when I learned of an organization that hired a new leader to come in and "clean house". 

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Bad v. Good - One employee derailing the focus of the entire group?

Sometimes new isn't always better. If an employee is constantly bringing up unrelated issues or ideas that are beyond the scope of resources, it can distract your team from the shared goal. Ripple master, Chris Hutchinson, presents two approaches in dealing with the situation. Will you choose the dark side or the way of a Ripple master? 

Leadership is more than a list of action items.

Leadership is more than a list of action items.

Lately we've been working on projects with organizations facing significant change. On one project, some of the leaders are having a hard time focusing beyond the immediate next steps.

Roughly speaking, they tell us, "Just help us understand what we need to do next! This is critical to our success, because if we don't have a list of things to do, we can't make the progress we need to make!" And while a list may be very necessary at some point, it is completely insufficient to lead people through lasting change.

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How do I know if I'm the problem?

When conflict in teams shows up, it's easy to point the finger at a teammate, but what if the person pointing the finger is the problem?  In this video, Chris gives some clues to help you discern if you are the problem.

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Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.

The brown bag series

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Beginning in February 2014, we're going to begin offering a monthly brown bag series.  It's your chance to sit down with Trebuchet Group advisors and work on real issues and challenges.  

Each month, we'll provide some framework for discussion, but the conversation will largely be steered by those in attendance - what are your issues/concerns/challenges? We would love to hear from you, be a sounding-board and help steer you toward remedies. 

If you've enjoyed working with one of our advisors in the past, or if you've always wanted to sit down with someone from our team, here's your chance!

Our first Brown Bag event was Friday, February 7 from 12pm - 1pm at our office:  405 Mason Ct., Suite 113 in Fort Collins, CO. 

Our 2nd Brown Bag is scheduled for Friday, March 7 from 12pm - 1pm.

Oh, and by the way....it's free!

Look for this event on the first Friday of each month at 12noon. We'd love you have you join us for lunch and conversation. 

Reserve your spot today, contact us.

The ripple effect

Great leaders create ripples in their organizations that last.

The impact of leadership improvement can't be overstated - its effects ripple out to employees, the organization, and beyond. Improved leadership can have a profound effect on your company now and many years into the future.

It's been several years in the works, but Chris has completed his first book and the Ripple Effect is being edited to publish this spring.

With The Ripple Effect, Chris connects powerful ideas with real actions you can take to become a better leader.

The Ripple Effect provides a framework for you as a leader to better understand how you impact your colleagues and your organization. And it provides simple, effective, and doable methods to make a difference in yourself and others.

If you would like to be notified as soon as the book is released, make sure you are subscribed to receive email communications from the Trebuchet Group.