Thoughts From The Field

Thoughts from the Field – Issue #24 - Three Assumptions that Paralyze Strategic Meetings

By Gordon Blocker
April 2015

Virtually every executive team faces the important hurdle of running effective strategic meetings. These meetings, where teams discuss critical issues affecting long-term success, can serve as important inflection points for a team to advance the organization's goals - or be seen as a huge waste of time that erodes the credibility of the leadership. It all depends on how well they are executed.

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POV

Micromanagement is Underrated

April 2015

When I entered the workforce after college, I first became acquainted with the term ‘micromanagement.’ I quickly learned that this wonky sounding word actually had deceptive power.

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Article

7 Great Books for Boosting Your Presentation Skills

By Patrick Lencioni
March 2015

These guides to becoming a powerful public speaker belong in the library of every entrepreneur. Make no mistake about it: Your ability to give an engaging and memorable presentation is crucial to the success every business enterprise. There are thousands of "how-to" books about presentations, but these, IMHO, are the best and most useful:

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Article

Building Cohesive Virtual Teams Webinar

By Jeff Gibson and Kristine Kern
March 2015
Thoughts From The Field

Thoughts from the Field – Issue #23 - But Virtual Teams Are Different!

By Pam Bilbrey
March 2015

There is no denying that virtual teams are different. Virtual teams change how people communicate, collaborate, establish authority and rules, and manage their day-to-day work. They have all the challenges of traditional teams - in other words, they often display many of the five dysfunctions - with the added complexity of working across time and distance and a dependence on technology to interact.

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POV

The jerk Factor

By Patrick Lencioni
January 2015

I had the opportunity to work with a college baseball team recently, and came to a realization that helps explain why accountability is one of the biggest challenges for team members and leaders alike.  I call it “The jerk Factor,” and yes, the “j” is not capitalized for a reason.

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Thoughts From The Field

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #22 - Overcommunicating and the Curse of Knowledge

By Russ Sabia
January 2015

When my daughter was five, she taught me an important lesson about leadership communication. One summer day, we went out sailing and she brought along a toy flute.  After playing with it for a while, she said, "Daddy, guess what song I am playing."

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POV

Peace, Discipline and Teamwork

By Patrick Lencioni
November 2014

All people want the same thing in life: peace.  Not happiness, which is an unsustainable and fickle emotion, but rather peace, which is the deep understanding that all is well, even when happiness is not possible.  And we all know when we have lost our peace; it’s when we feel fear, anxiety, angst or dread.  As much as those feelings are painful, they are actually blessings if we respond to them correctly.

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Thoughts From The Field

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #21 - Focusing on Fit

By Debbie Ellisen
November 2014

What do you do when you get that familiar pit in your stomach, as you're about to meet with someone you've been working with integrating into your team because you just know it's not going to work out? You've probably even known it for a while.

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Article

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Smart

By Patrick Lencioni
October 2014

Many business magazines (including Inc.) publish lists of the most profitable, most successful, or fastest-growing companies. Naturally, readers will be tempted to conclude that the people running these organizations must be "smarter" than those whose companies didn't make the list. But in many cases--in fact, in most cases--that's not true.

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