A short process to give “your friend” to use with their CEO to surface and work through difficult organizational issues.Read More
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It’s easy for your department leaders to get painted into the corner of their titles, defending their territory with the skills for which they were hired. But leaders on a great team learn to come out of their department corners and engage with their peers to find solutions that work for the whole organization.Read More
You know as a leader, people are counting on you to help the organization. And you need everyone working together, giving their best, stretching themselves to be better. Sometimes, offering help feels riskier than its worth. Here’s one way to provide feedback that gets to results and builds your relationships.Read More
Leading change is one of the most challenging responsibilities for leaders - because of the pushback that surfaces in front of the change. How to help people move forward in three easy steps.Read More
I find it very easy to set expectations for others, and get annoyed when others don't meet my standards. It's common human practice to first blame someone else when things don't go our way. Of course it's so much easier to see shortcomings in others than in myself! Have you ever felt in the same?Read More
It's easier to regularly invest small amounts of time and energy into our most important relationships than it is to wait until major repair work is needed. And dealing with conflict in the workplace when it's an occasional vibration under the hood may prevent full-on relationship engine failure.Read More
By definition, conflict doesn't feel healthy. However, if it's done right, conflict can be an incredibly powerful tool for your team. Our new Marketing Director and Clarity Promoter, Jana, talks about what it's like to start working with people who practice healthy conflict.Read More
My colleague and I like each other. She likes our organization and the mission. She is doing solid work. Yet in a way, we are conspiring to let each other down by not wanting to let each other down. We are pretending not to know it isn't as good of a fit as both of us need.Read More
Maybe you remember the typewriter days. It used to be a typing mistake meant ripping out a whole sheet of paper and starting over. Then correction fluid was invented, which progressed to a correction tape right in the typewriter. Today, pressing Control-Z is a quick way to "undo" and eliminate almost any mistake we might make on our computer...
A recent conversation has me wondering if a culture of Control-Z could be diminishing people's contingency thinking...Read More
Chris demonstrates two ways in dealing with fighting team members. How would you handle this situation?
Often, efficiency and quality can seem as though they are working against each other. The latest bad advisor/good advisor video tackles this problem.
Will you go the way of the bad advisor or will you use the one simple tool the good advisor gives you to get efficiency and quality to work together?
To learn more about the tool presented in the video, check out Chris' book, Ripple.
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?
Many teams strive for total team agreement. We examine whether that is ultimately helpful.
Of course, we mean positive, healthy conflict.
Unhealthy conflict can look like an organization that is having brutal personal attacks between teammates or (on the opposite extreme) putting band-aids on and avoiding what everyone knows are problems.Read More
In our work with helping teams become more effective, we often help the team establish shared norms that everyone commits and works toward applying with each other. These aren't "Mind your manners" wishlists - these are operating standards that every person commits to in order to enable everyone's best at work.
During the process where the team co-creates these standards, we (Trebuchet Group) provide them structure and examples of what other teams have found helpful. One example many teams gravitate toward is:Read More
As a leader or owner in a business or organization, do you ever wonder why members of your team don't buy-in or take initiative like you would like them to?
As a leader or owner in a business or organization, you should understand that it's natural for team members to not feel the same level of responsibility as you. It's your start-up, it's your baby.
However, if the organization is going to grow, a key part of that growth is for you the leader to give the team opportunities to weigh-in and speak about what they think is possible for the business, and also what they think could get in the way of it's successRead More
Think back to when you joined your organization. Did anyone ever use this statement? Chris offers some insight as to what a statement like, "what could get you into trouble around here..." could mean.