Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker said, “Management is about handling complexity. Leadership is about creating simplicity.”
We agree.Read More
At a recent client retreat with the middle management of the company, the group expressed frustration about their senior management team not listening to them. Our facilitator helped them capture their irritations, and identify the top few items.
"There is a big problem with communication with senior management!" one participant declared.
"I can see that," the facilitator replied. "Seems like you haven't been communicating very well with them about your frustrations."Read More
Have you ever felt like you wanted your team members to be more proactive? Most leaders genuinely want to empower their teams. We know it is not effective or scale-able to have one person doing all the thinking for the group.
Yet when we try to encourage our team members to take ownership and solve problems, often we unwittingly sabotage ourselves with Solutions in Disguise.Read More
"Why is it when I ask my senior leaders "How can I help?" I rarely get a response I can do anything with? People seem to struggle for an answer when I know they are overloaded and desperately need help. I don't get it. What am I missing?"
During a coaching session, the CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company recently shared these frustrations with me. This man cares deeply for his team and company. He is concerned about what his people need, and wants to empower then with the right resources to be successful. He wants to help!
Every one of his intentions are good. Yet he's probably asking too much of his people - without realizing it.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
Whether you are an individual contributor, a department head, or a CEO answering to a board, you can often find yourself in the position of being asked to do more work than is possible given the time and resources available.
The bad news is I don’t have a magic formula for adding infinitely more work capacity.
The good news is I do have some magic phrases for responding to requests (or demands) for more work in a way that manages your capacity while still being a good team player.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
I discovered how kryptonite can affect leaders when my firm was working with the owner of a highly successful remodeling company. Our project involved streamlining and organizing processes, and while confirming the project schedule I couldn’t help but notice the paperwork stacked wall to wall behind the owner’s desk
“I’m curious. What’s with that?” I askedRead More
As leaders, we feel a lot of pressure to get the best results possible for everyone connected to our company. As the person ultimately responsible for those results, we often shake things up by getting rid of “non-performers” and bringing new blood into our team. This strategy can work well – until one day it doesn’t. How often have you brought in someone new to discover you just traded one set of challenges for another?
Sometimes the trust of the team suffers as they wonder who’s next. Sometimes the person who left was doing more than you realized. Sometimes you find out the grass looked greener on the other side of the fence because it was really AstroTurf.
What if instead, we could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the people already here?Read More
Trebuchet Group is a high-energy, collaborative consulting firm that provides team-building, facilitating, mentoring and coaching. We work with leaders and organizations who want to accelerate their performance.
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