Sometimes you do NOT need a coach.

“We should have taken a long rest but, in those days, we couldn’t.” Sometimes you don’t need a coach. Sometimes growing is not the best option. Put another way: How many Everly Brothers hits would you sacrifice if you knew it meant the brothers could keep their sanity? They were often in conflict (mainly about politics, I gather). But boy, …

Your meetings stink (and shouldn’t).

Memes from sales professionals are the best workplace memes: If you feel this way about your meetings, imagine how attendees feel. Meetings are such a huge opportunity to inspire, to reach consensus, to MOVE FORWARD. If you are struggling with how to structure yours, contact me–I love helping managers think through their goals on this. Also: Hip Socket has some …

Necessary for great teamwork: humility like U2

Inc. has a nice article about humility at work. It got me thinking about great teams and great teamwork. You may not like them, but U2 will go down as one of the great rock groups by just about every measurement: hits, sold-out tours, historic performances … and staying power. Most bands disintegrate into ego issues after two or three …

Fast Company on the power of vulnerability

An incredibly successful client had an employee team blow up. They were originally excited to be tasked by management to address a big employee headache. It was to improve a process that touched a lot of people in the organization. And then the team self-destructed. It was due to poor communication and ego. (But isn’t it almost always that?) The …

A team that grows–on purpose

My ears perk up for anything that discusses wrestling and/or growing. (Hint: Articles about teams that wrestle always feature teams that grow.) For years organizations have sought to become “great places to work.” For some of us, the phrase conjures images of foosball tables at Google. It seems silly. But that’s not why people work at Google, is it? They …