EVERY CAKE (AND GREAT TEAM CULTURE) HAS THE SAME FIVE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

Every cake you have ever eaten (if it was good) included at least these five main ingredients – because you cannot have an impressively delicious cake without them.   Similarly, in working with teams as a teamwork speaker and teambuilding event facilitator, I have found that all GREAT teams have the same five ingredients.   […]

17 Quotes on Virtual Teamwork and Remote Teams to Inspire You

Working on remote teams and trying to successfully navigate the challenges of remote teamwork can sometimes be frustrating. As I have shared before with man audiences, “Talent is essential, but never sufficient!” And that is because true remote teams find ways to connect and to encourage and to support one another consistently…   So, to […]

Funny Office Awards – Don’t Earn the “Margo” for Being the Worst Teammate Ever

As a team leader, you need to recognize great effort to ensure it is appreciated and emulated. As a coach, one of the things I learned was that what gets rewarded gets repeated. So, to motivate our athletes we would give out post-game awards to celebrate the things we wanted our team to value and […]

Stop Wasting Time and Money… Trust Falls Don’t Work!

Have you been through an experience that was CALLED “teambuilding,” only to regret the investment of time and resources? Have you felt that an event was ineffective because it had very little impact or seemed irrelevant? Ever sat through something  (like a trust fall) that didn’t change the negative or unfocused behaviors you see threatening […]

The Only 3 Options to Cure a Toxic Team Culture

If you are leading or working in a toxic team culture, there are only 3 cures that you will ultimately be able to choose from to make things better. Yes, there are thousands of consultants and coaches giving hundreds (if not thousands) of different opinions about what contributes to and affects a workplace environment – […]

Two Unexpected Ways to Earn the Attention of Your Distracted Team

You see it every day… Teammates get distracted constantly by the barrage of noise around them – and that means they do not pay as much attention to YOUR emails, conversations, texts, or smoke signals… It isn’t just millennials on your team who are distracted anymore.  It’s truly everyone. Yeah – even the old guy […]

Five MORE Unique Virtual Team Building Ideas That Are Fun, Fast, and Free!

  With a pandemic still affecting so many teams (and impacting interactions by separating your people), leaders are looking for more virtual ideas to include in meetings that provide team building take-aways – that are fun, fast and free.   You may have already used some of the Easy and Effective Virtual Team Building Ideas […]

TWO WAYS TO IMPROVE CULTURE AND OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF CONFORMITY

I was playing Othello with my daughter a few weeks ago… (fun finding things to do during a pandemic)  And I was reminded – while flipping discs over – of how people in YOUR organization conform to Team Norms. If you want to improve team culture in your organization, you have to overcome the challenge […]

Three Unexpected Ideas to Help Lead Your Team and Thrive in Change

If you lead a team, at some point you will need ideas to help them thrive in change. Change is inevitable.  Adaptation is not – but a refusal to adapt and grow is the first step to frustration and eventually result in team failure.   So in order to share a few unexpected ideas to […]