Category Archives: Athletic Teambuilding

3 Questions to Grow Teammates Who Serve Others

In my experience with corporate and educational groups as a speaker and team building facilitator, I have found that there are 3 levels of servant leadership.   Working with teams in every industry, it seems that one of the greatest issues that groups face is the problem of awareness…   If someone is not AWARE […]

The Gift of Connection and its Impact on Team Accountability

Ryan Buell and colleagues from Harvard Business School did a fascinating experiment in a restaurant to test the effect of cameras on food quality. In one situation, customers were able to see the cooks as they prepared their food. In the other instance, it was the reverse—cooks were provided with video screens showing the diners […]

Two Surprising Teamwork Lessons for Your Team From My First Marathon

Let’s start by stating the obvious. Marathons are hard. And marathons are far more of an individual challenge than a team activity. So what does running a marathon have to do with you leading your team? A good bit, actually…   First, a brief summary of my marathon experience: My wife and I decided to […]

Do the People on Your Team NEED to Like Each Other?

I got an email from a client that asked me for advice about a group of employees. In her words they were “having a hard time working together because they just don’t seem to like each other.” She asked what she could do to help the situation. Basically she was asking the same thing many […]

What Invisible Fence is Limiting Your Team?

When I took our dogs on a walk the other day, I noticed something that could definitely help your team. We have one small dog (a cocker-spaniel and poodle mix) and one large dog (a lovable part-hound, part-shepherd mutt rescued from the animal shelter), and our neighborhood is filled with the barking of dozens of other dogs […]

Never Adjust Expectations for the Mules

I had just taken over as head coach of a high school basketball program. From what I had learned prior to taking the job, there were a few talented seniors, and the varsity team had won more than they lost the year before… But the last coach had not done any off season work for […]

A Quick and Easy Ice Breaker Activity for Your Next Meeting

The name for this fun five-ten minute ice breaker activity is taken from a commercial that everyone on your team has probably seen at least a dozen times… It’s the “Capitol One Challenge…” But you don’t have to give me credit for the idea! (so punny!)   Okay – enough with the bad jokes. Here’s your easy […]

Make Team Feedback More Effective With COIN Conversations!

One of the most difficult parts of any team leader’s job is to have positive and effective feedback conversations.   Whether you are a coach, a sales manager, a school administrator, or a medical staff supervisor, The COIN model provides you a template for having feedback conversations that work and include 4 essential elements of […]

Chick-fil-A and Delta and Three Leadership Lessons

My daughter plays beach volleyball. So she was very excited when she learned about a week-long camp at Hermosa Beach, in California, that would be run by college coaches.  And she and my wife both think this is a great opportunity for her to get better and build relationships… But it was expensive.  And it […]