Monthly Archives: June 2013

Team, Group, or Train Wreck?

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Teams and teamwork are among the most frequently written about and searched for topics in business today. From senior executives to frontline supervisors, leaders everywhere are looking for strategies to get the most from others. The first and most fundamental challenge they face lies in vocabulary… because the term ‘team’ is used very casually and with little precision. In most organizations, any collection of people is referred to as a ‘team’; yet very few of them actually are. Many are just groups… and there’s nothing wrong with that. Others, however, are complete train wrecks. Consider Your Collection What about the …

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Confluent, Convergent Communication

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I love it when things flow together. Ingredients in a recipe. People on a team. Colors on a canvas.  Activity streams on a project plan. There’s something magical about different personalities, flavors, events, qualities blending together to create something new – a sum that is greater than and very distinct from its parts. So, you can imagine my fascination with what continues to transpire around how information gets communicated. The past decade has been an era of confluent, convergent communication. Education and entertainment have in many ways merged into innovative new ways to help people learn. The line between information …

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Career Development Takes a ‘Do It Yourself’ Turn

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The following excerpt is from my article with Beverly Kaye, “A Leader’s ‘Crashless’ Course: Helping Employees Drive Career Development,” that appears in Training Industry Quarterly. The do-it-yourself trend has taken hold across industries and within organizations throughout the United States. The Home Depot concept enables people everywhere to engage in a hands-on fashion in their own home improvements. Grocery stores have been able to contain expenses by developing systems that allow shoppers to check themselves out without assistance. The internet should get the ‘teacher of the year’ award because users across generational divides turn to it for instruction on how …

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Managers, Mentors, and a Lot More

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Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith have just introduced another gem into the leadership development world. Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning is now available everywhere books are sold. It’s a rich resource, filled with wisdom, perspective, and examples drawn from their impressive careers in the field. But while its focus is on mentoring, the book offers insights and information for anyone interested in learning, informal development, or engagement… in the workplace and well beyond. The authors’ emphasis on conversation in particular resonates for me… with themes that are near and dear to my heart! “Dialogues are interpersonal crucibles for …

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