Do I have to like everyone on my team? Should all my team members like each other? The answer leads to team conflict resolution. Bad team conflict is to be expected and weâ€™ve written about it before. That conflict comes from the fact that each one of us is a unique… Read More »Team Conflict Resolution
Leading and Building Teams
Leadership fundamentals training sounds basic and it is. But that doesnâ€™t mean the skills we present are not applicable to your individual situation. In fact, good application of basic leadership skills can make you most successful. Jack gave me a hard time for the entire three-day leadership course, constantly complaining… Read More »Leadership Fundamentals Training – Why Knowing How to Apply Basic Leadership Skills is Essential
Leadership communication is one of the leading impediments to high functioning teams. Here are six steps to improve your leadership communication. 1. Recognize that your perspective is likely different from your team members. Youâ€™re approaching the topic from a different point of view and probably have information they donâ€™t. You know… Read More »6 Steps to Better Leadership Communication
Are you the smartest person on the team? I hope you said no. But, if you look at your whole team and say to yourself, â€œI really am smarter than all the rest of them,â€ then maybe you need to find another job.
All leaders want stars on the team and there is plenty of advice available about how to hire the “right” people. That’s great. I’m all for building the best team possible, but is selecting team members the only way to do that? My military experience provides an interesting answer. Military… Read More »Why Canâ€™t I Build a Team of Stars?
Being a team player doesnâ€™t always mean agreeing with the boss or the majority. Being a team player means you are loyal to the team. As a team member that means you provide the benefit of your experience and expertise and speak up and make suggestions based on that experience and expertise.
Have you ever considered what your vision is for your team? Here’s how to define the leader’s vision.
The human body is amazing. It even comes with its own clock. This internal, or biological clock tells us when itâ€™s time to eat and sleep. It will council us that, yes there are only two episodes of Lucifer left but it really is time to go to bed. So how can you help your team memberâ€™s circadian rhythm?
This concept of, â€œfake it â€˜till you make itâ€ is very bad advice for leaders. You will get caught faking it, most likely fairly quickly, and will lose any respect your team may have for you.
Too often the requirement to be a follower is interpreted to mean, â€œDo as youâ€™re told and donâ€™t argue.â€ Sometimes that may be necessary, but usually that approach does not benefit the team or the leader. A better approach is to support the leader.