Argument

Four Steps to Healthy Conflict

The last few weeks have seen an embarrassing display of unrestrained and generally unhealthy conflict. Although public debate is good, it is usually uncontrolled and can rapidly produce a toxic environment. That environment can quickly affect your team. A toxic work environment can be defined as a condition that exists when team members are stressed by the actions of other team members and the action, or inaction, of a boss.…

EspritdeCorps

What’s Esprit de Corps and How do I Get Some

  Recently, I was in a discussion with fellow members of the National Speakers Association who are also military veterans. We were discussing what our military experience brought to our speaking profession and I noticed a common theme. We had all noticed a major difference between our military experience and the corporate world were most of our clients live – the sense of esprit de corps we had experienced in…

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Common Sense Leadership

Type leadership into Amazon’s search bar and you’ll be offered a list of more than 60,000 books on the topic. Books about what leadership is, what leadership isn’t, books about how to do leadership, books about great leaders (surprisingly very few books about poor leaders, which could probably double the number of titles if written) and everything in between. Charts, graphs, stats, research, and the ever popular “this is how…

Ready

Can your team have too much communication?

What can a collegiate-level cyber defense competition teach us about leadership? The answer, it seems, is “quite a bit.” A recent article (In Cyber Defense, Sometimes Communication Is Overrated, Defense Systems, Susan Miller Apr 27, 2018) described lessons-learned from the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. As the article’s title suggests, teams whose members interacted less were usually more successful at maintaining services and responding to incidents and scenario injects during…

Team

There is an “I” in Team

In fact there are several. It’s true that to be most effective, the team should act as a coordinated entity, smoothly working together toward a common mission and shared goals. But, all teams are made up of individuals with their own personal goals and priorities. The leader’s challenge is to convince the team’s members that the mission is important enough to set aside their personal desires for the team. Doesn’t…