Leadership Strategies for Building an Effective Team

In today’s business it is important to strengthen the links uniting you and your team if you are committed to being victorious. The reality is a leader without followers goes into battle alone.  Leaders earn followers.  So how do you garner their allegiance? Leadership strategies for building an effective team start with establishing a reliable [...]

The Key to Eliminating Poor Executive Decisions

Consider this statement, “Lack of clear thinking leads to poor decisions.” It seems obvious, right? However, clarity goes beyond decisions being made at the executive level. When clarity is present, people have the freedom that is created by clear boundaries—employees are freed up to do their work, not protect themselves from attacks by others with [...]

Dimension of Team Power #7: Team Trust

“Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won't necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.” —Stephen M.R. Covey Last week I wrote about the importance of Transparency, [...]

Team Transparency is Not an Oxymoron

“I'd always rather err on the side of openness. But there's a difference between optimum and maximum openness, and fixing that boundary is a judgment call. The art of leadership is knowing how much information you're going to pass on -- to keep people motivated and to be as honest, as upfront, as you can. [...]

Team Power Dimension #5: Team Dynamics

When we think about emotional intelligence and team dynamics, do they sound mutually exclusive when you think about your own team? What’s driving you to feel that way? What’s happening that makes it difficult to collaborate? Here’s the most common issue several clients have faced. When the blame game is present, it’s easy to slip [...]

Team Power Dimension #4: Gaining Clear Team Perspective

It’s week four of the series, so let’s jump right in… Team Power Dimension #4: Perspective “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.” —Henry Ford When your team learns to listen and question each other, team perspective is broadened [...]

Team Power Dimension #3: Encouraging Team Innovation

Wow, we are already on week three of our seven-week series. If you’ve missed the early content, you can start from the beginning by clicking here. Or if you’d rather read the topic in its entirety, you can download my complimentary eBook, 7 Dimensions of Team Power here. Team Power Dimension #3: Innovation “Innovation has [...]

Team Power Dimension #2: Transparency of Team Results

Last week I shared the first of 7 Dimensions of Team Power—Accountability. If you missed it, you can read it here. This week is all about Dimension #2 – Results When results are the focus, every team member is eager to learn the results, even if they’re bad.  A high-performing team WANTS to know the [...]

What Team Accountability Looks Like

There are seven dimensions of Team Power that will help you achieve breakaway results. Rather than inundate you with all of them right now, I’m sharing the first one with you today and subsequent articles posted weekly. If you’d rather read the topic in its entirety, you can download my complimentary eBook, 7 Dimensions of [...]

Executive Team Building: Team Killers and Builders

Executive team participation is a bit of a chess game.  If you saw the first Harry Potter movie you know that sometimes chess can be dangerous to one's health! The Chess Board picture to the right shows a beheaded King, and the one below is called "King under Fire." I chose the "King under Fire" [...]