Archive for Team Dynamics

Keep Calm and Carry On

Oct 16, 2010 2 Comments

You may be familiar with an interesting little red book of quotes put out by Andrews McMeel Publishing a couple years ago called “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  The book’s familiar design and title are drawn from a poster that was created by the British Ministry of Information for British soldiers before World War II. […]

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Chilean Miracle

Oct 15, 2010 3 Comments

Watching the Chilean miners being pulled up from a dark, hot hole nearly a half-mile underground made me think of a few lessons we can learn about teamwork: Take charge and sharpen your definition of success. For the miners it was simple: survive to be rescued.  For those at the surface it was simple: build […]

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Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss

Oct 12, 2010 No Comments

I had a few people ask me to post a pair of follow up questions to yesterday’s article about what a new boss can do to get off on the right foot.  So here they are: (You can click “leave a comment” below or click the title of this post to get a page that […]

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Don’t Out-Kick Your Coverage!

Oct 11, 2010 No Comments

This is my son Ben:  He’s an SQL programmer and he brought up a cool sports analogy the other day that really applies to the leadership role in team dynamics – especially the scenario where a “new boss” is asked to take over a team or a project.  As we talked, Ben brought up the […]

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In The Arena

Oct 07, 2010 No Comments

One of my favorite quotes of all time is attributed to US President Theodore Roosevelt. “Teddy” spoke directly to Change Leaders, Change Agents and Receivers of Change when he said the following at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how […]

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Plan the Work – Work the Plan

Oct 04, 2010 No Comments

In a previous post, I shared what core activities should be in a good Organizational Change Management (OCM) Plan. Now let’s look at how to do the work of planning for your OCM project. The Art of Planning: I’m going to use the word “plan” as a verb here.  When I say “plan for OCM” […]

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Genius or Idiot?

Sep 25, 2010 No Comments

As I watched Director Oliver Stone talk about his new “Wall Street” movie this morning I could not help but be struck by how polarizing some public figures can be… (perhaps intentionally?) Within the last few days I’ve noticed these solid candidates for the Prince & Princess of Public Polarization for the week: Iranian President […]

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Lessons From the Zoo

Sep 22, 2010 1 Comment

Could your team use a good Gorilla?  How about a Fox or two? Take Inventory: One of the first things I like to do when working with a team engaged in making a big change happen is to take stock of the group’s natural teaming skills and prevailing personalities. I don’t typically have everyone take […]

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Who Would Ever Want to Be King?

Sep 13, 2010 3 Comments

It’s Lonely at the Top. There are plenty of ways for Sponsors to approach their pivotal role in change. It can be said that every leader has their style and every style has its limits. Push too hard and people quit. Give them too much leeway and they wander or worse yet- they mutiny… The […]

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Speaking @ ASUG Fall Focus in Orlando

Sep 12, 2010 No Comments

If you’re attending the upcoming SAP gathering called ASUG Fall Focus at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida –  I will be speaking on October 6th @ 1030.  Fall Focus is being held in parallel with the SAP Business Objects User’s Conference. I will be co-presenting with a client who is implementing SAP’s […]

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Success Factor #1: Alignment

Sep 09, 2010 5 Comments

Get on Track Early! Before tackling any significant change, it’s important that Change Leaders and Change Agents get on the same page about exactly what your change involves.   I call that alignment.  I use a simple set of questions to help my clients draw out the key elements of alignment. As you will see, the […]

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10 Reasons Change Efforts Fail

Sep 07, 2010 2 Comments

In contrast to my earlier article titled “10 Reasons Change Initiatives SUCCEED“… let’s approach the same challenge from the opposite side. This is Craig Mainprize. He’s a Senior Project Manager who’s currently leading an Organizational Change project for a group called NATS that provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace & […]

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Choosing a Project Team

Sep 03, 2010 1 Comment

Those in the trenches know that quite often a Project Manager doesn’t get to choose the make-up of their team.  Sometimes the best a PM can do is influence who the Sponsors or Business Owners decide to put on the project team. Why’s that so important? Team makeup can have a critical impact on everything […]

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Busy Doing What?

Aug 22, 2010 1 Comment

Being “Busy as a Bee” is a good thing, right? Of course we want our people and our teams to be cracking that whip and getting things done every hour of the work day.  Busy people would seem to be a sure sign of high productivity.  But that rule of thumb also comes with this […]

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It’s Called Indecision… I Think?

Aug 17, 2010 6 Comments

By now everyone who follows football knows all they need to know about the infamous indecision of Brett Favre.  After a long career in Green Bay that included a Super Bowl win, the future Hall of Fame quarterback announced a tearful retirement a couple years ago only to come back and play a hot and […]

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Abraham Unrivaled

Aug 03, 2010 2 Comments

Abraham Lincoln placed preservation of the Union ahead of his own political ambition by appointing some of his most vigorous rivals to his cabinet. By engaging these rivals, he crafted better decisions and built support for positions that may have otherwise strengthened his opposition.

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…Decisions, Decisions…

Jul 30, 2010 1 Comment

Effective and timely decisions can often influence the success of your change initiative. Consider these 5 ways that leaders and teams can make decisions and keep the momentum for change moving along.

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