Leadership 101: Team Dynamics and the New Hire

“I’m not sure about that new guy. He doesn’t seem to be fitting in and doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Why’d you hire him?” Ever have someone walk into your office and say something like this? Ever find yourself wondering why a new person on the team isn’t fitting in? On-boarding a new hire can be stressful. In teams that are well-established and performing well, the stress can be…

Leadership and Communication: Did They Hear What You Think You Said

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! Robert Burns With apologies to Robert Burns, we also don’t hear ourselves as others hear us. In their book, Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen explain a very important point that leaders must remember when communicating, citing research on the superior temporal sulcus (STS) What’s that you say? It’s a part of…

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Leading High Performance Teams – Do You Understand Them?

It was an interesting question. I was enjoying breakfast with my National Speakers Association Chapter and the subject turned to team dynamics and the best ways to understand the various types of people in a group. Of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to explain the Energize2Lead Profile™ which I use in leadership development programs. That’s when Jill asked the question: Does the profile help people change to make the…

Leading High Performance Teams – How Can I Cut the Drama?

Why is there conflict within my team? Why does it seem like John and I can’t communicate? Why can’t this be one of those high performance teams I hear about? How do I cut the drama? Have you asked yourself questions like these? The best part of working with people is that everyone is different. The most difficult part of working with people is that everyone is different! Everyone is…

3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders [infographic]

I’m reflecting this week on what I learned about crisis management from a particularly experienced instructor pilot in the Air Force helicopter rescue unit were we were both assigned. He said that, in an emergency, the first thing to do is “hack the clock.” I wrote about this in August – but today I’m revisiting the topic and offering an infographic to glance at when you’re under pressure. Note: A little…