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It’s Okay to Have Fun – In Fact it’s Necessary

A basic tenet of a military organization is the ability to pack up and move out quickly. Being proficient at that skill requires planning and practice. Although I’ve been involved in many such efforts, both as rehearsals and as real deployments, one example has always stuck in my mind. It was during my days in a combat rescue unit and there are two reasons it has stayed with me. First,…

The Magic and Power of Please and Thank You

He was a new supervisor and he seemed frustrated as we spoke. “Why do I have to ask people to do things? Shouldn’t I be able to just tell them to do it?” The short answer is, “Yes, you can tell them and they should respond.” But is that the way to build a productive, high-performance team? Is that the way you want your boss to relate to you? When…

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Tips for the Authorityless Leader

I was asked this question in a workshop recently. In addition to my team in the company, I work with subcontractors. It’s like a team, but they don’t really report to me and they work for a completely different company. How can I be effective when I don’t have such limited authority? This is a variation of the classic matrixed organization and it’s a situation that many project managers face.…

Promotion

Five Actions to Take When Your New Team Includes Friends and Former Peers

Congratulations! You just received a promotion. The selection process was very competitive and several of your peers in the company were also in the running. Some of those peers are now on your team, but that’s okay because they are all happy for you and want to help you succeed. Well, maybe not all of them. Actually, in realville where you actually live, at least one, and probably more, of…

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…