How to Build Accountability With a Team Character Draft

With the NFL draft approaching, millions of people are getting excited about the addition of talent to their team rosters.  Most people can see and appreciate talent – but great leaders know that talent alone is never sufficient.  Talent without character and trust – traits of great teammates – will always underachieve. So how do […]

8 ways to get your team to listen (when you don’t have a whistle)

The truth is that whistles aren’t necessary. As a young coach, I thought I needed a whistle to get my players’ attention and ensure they were listening to me. Turns out, a few years into my coaching career I learned that it wasn’t the whistle that truly earned their attention.  Sure, it was disruptive and […]

Five Greatest Qualities of an Effective Event Facilitator

If you are searching for an effective event facilitator to help with any group productivity meeting, there are a number of things you should consider. A strong facilitator will discuss goals with the meeting planner and have a thorough understanding of the meeting’s purpose prior to his or her arrival.  It is vital that the […]

9 Spartan Race Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork

A few weeks ago I experienced my first Spartan Sprint. The “Sprint” is a 4-5 mile obstacle course race created by Joe De Sena, an entrepreneur and extreme endurance race enthusiast.  In 2012, Outside magazine designated it the “Best Obstacle Race,” and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Spartan race events around the […]

“What Impresses a Coach” – A Letter to Athletes on Toughness

A LETTER TO ATHLETES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUGHNESS:   “Dear Player: I am glad you have worked to build skills, and skills will serve you well when you are on the floor competing against other talented athletes… but it is not skill alone that separates successful achievers from the mediocre masses. The greatest divider […]

4 Steps to Create REAL Impact at Your Next Event

As a meeting professional, you want to create real impact at your event, but all too often people look back after attending a conference or an annual meeting and, even though they may have had a few nice conversations and taken a few interesting notes, feel like it was all just empty calories? Cake, or […]

What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee […]

Top 20 Fun Conference Theme Ideas to Inspire Teamwork

Are you looking for fun conference theme ideas to inspire teamwork in your organization? If you are planning an annual meeting or event, one of the things you want to decide on early in your planning is a theme that will tie all of your speakers and breakout sessions and activities together under one main […]

Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

In virtually every aspect of your life, you can find examples of the importance of teamwork. But teamwork is built on team trust, and that trust is supported and established like the seat of a three legged stool – by three important supporting elements. The absence or weakness of any of the legs on a […]