Which Gets More Maintenance—Your Car or Your Co-workers?

Which Gets More Maintenance—Your Car or Your Co-workers?

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.

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Setting limits without saying no

Setting limits without saying no

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.

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What's the difference between taking care of myself and being selfish and needy?

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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.

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

What if the problem is the people, not the organization?

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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.

What is kryptonite and why should I care about it?

Are you and your staff unconsciously conspiring?

Are you and your staff unconsciously conspiring?

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. 

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Is it my job to go around tweaking everyone's strengths all day?

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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.

What's your personal kryptonite?

What's your personal kryptonite?

You probably have your own personal kryptonite - at work.

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 asked

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How to know if you're using your superpowers too much or too little

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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.

Three steps to getting better results with the same team

Three steps to getting better results with the same team

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?

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What's on your Not-to-do list?

What's on your Not-to-do list?

Small business owners are especially prone to getting overwhelmed by their to-do lists. With so many important tasks to be done, how are are you choosing to spend your time?

Three steps you can take to increase your effectiveness are to assess, eliminate, and add.

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Control-Z Culture: Helping or Harming Your Team?

Control-Z Culture: Helping or Harming Your Team?

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...

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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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