Archive for Team Dynamics

7 Tips for Delivering a Great Presentation

Mar 27, 2011 1 Comment

Public speaking is always listed as one of the most feared challenges people face at work.  When implementing change, there is a good chance that those leading the effort will have to get in front of an audience from time to time and deliver presentations, so it’s a good idea to get good at this […]

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The Case for Fun

Mar 20, 2011 No Comments

The NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is in full swing this weekend and fans across the country are glued to their televisions and web browsers to catch all the action. It’s become an annual Spring ritual in many organizations to run an office pool based on picking the winners of the tournament games. Costly Fun: […]

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Everybody in the Pool!

Mar 19, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to March Madness!  According to a recent CNYCentral.com article it’s estimated that US workers will waste over $192 Million worth of productivity over the next few weeks watching basketball games and filling out “brackets” of predictions at work. Click to read the article: http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=591153 Office pools based on the tournament have become so popular […]

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Now Batting: Fundamentals

Mar 10, 2011 No Comments

One of my favorite things about this time of the year is that baseball returns from its long winter slumber. Teams begin spring training drills under the bright sunshine of Florida and Arizona even as the snow is still falling up North. Baseball managers face a unique set of challenges in the pre-season that are […]

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Turn the Promise of Spring Into a Ring

Mar 05, 2011 3 Comments

Play Ball! Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cut grass on a balmy Spring day and the crack of a baseball hitting a hardwood bat? This month in Florida and Arizona, the 2011 Major League Baseball Spring Training season got underway.  As a baseball fan, I love this time of year because the optimism […]

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Making Online Meetings More Effective

Feb 20, 2011 No Comments

Over the past couple posts, I have shared best practices that teams can use when they participate in virtual meetings.  For the uninitiated, virtual meetings involve one or more attendees participating from a distance. Participants typically use a web connection to share materials and a teleconference line for audio. I started by describing the key […]

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Virtually as Effective as the Real Thing

Feb 13, 2011 No Comments

Virtual meetings are said to be the wave of the future. For many organizations with geographically distributed employee populations that future is already a daily reality. Web conferences and virtual online meetings have become so popular as a cost-saving tool that more and more companies are asking teams to try booking a conference call number […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Feb 12, 2011 3 Comments

A lot of companies use online meetings as a way to save travel costs and time. But as many of us have experienced – online meetings are not always as effective as face-to-face gatherings.  In fact they suffer from some very serious deficiencies if they are not carefully organized and well facilitated. In today’s post […]

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Six Rules for Communication

Feb 06, 2011 3 Comments

Those guiding organizational change spend a good deal of their time helping people communicate.  Sometimes a communicator’s best intentions can go awry if they ignore a few simple rules for communication effectiveness.  Today I will offer six basic rules that you should consider when sending out messages to large groups of stakeholders. Here’s my short […]

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Listening Cycles

Jan 30, 2011 1 Comment

Studies have claimed that the average person has thousands of advertisements thrown in front of their eyes and ears each day.  Most people get dozens if not hundreds of emails per day.  Add to that the signs, billboards, newsletters and announcements and you have a cacophony of messages vying for people’s attention. With all of […]

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Action Items

Jan 24, 2011 1 Comment

Big change initiatives can usually benefit from taking advantage of a project management best practice called “action items”. In their simplest form, action items are an on-going, ad-hoc “to-do list” of smaller tasks that need to be addressed in order to maintain project momentum. In my last post I listing my first five tips for […]

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3-2-1… Action!

Jan 22, 2011 No Comments

I’m on a plane heading for an all-day alignment workshop with a new client.  We’re going to hash through dozens of questions, generate a bunch of answers and hopefully resolve an untold number of ambiguities over the course of our dialogue. But since this meeting will be the first time that most of the team […]

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Shoffee Picks a Win-Win When

Jan 08, 2011 5 Comments

Q: When is the perfect time for a business to introduce a major change? A: There is no perfect time. But you can choose an optimal time based on your internal & external business cycles and the expectations of your customers. One Great Cup of Joe I had a great customer experience recently with the […]

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Give it a Rest!

Jan 03, 2011 1 Comment

Coming back to work after the long holiday break this morning was rough.  My vacation had been just long enough to fully unwind from what had been several months of non-stop work – but now I was ready to jump back into a challenging project.  So I set my alarm to wake up a bit […]

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Making Ground Rules Stick

Dec 31, 2010 3 Comments

In an earlier post I shared some effective ground rules that your team can use to get along and be productive.  I’m sure many of you have more good team guidelines that have worked for you – and I’d encourage you to agree on a similar list when you kick off your next team project. […]

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Rules, Rules, Rules

Dec 28, 2010 15 Comments

Anyone who’s participated on a project in a team setting has probably heard the term “ground rules” tossed around.  Sometime the term applies to a useful set of axioms that cooperative team members follow to guide their civil and productive interaction.  Sometimes it refers to a nice poster on the wall of all company conference […]

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Of Sacred Cows and Left-Hand Turns

Dec 26, 2010 4 Comments

What myth is blocking your team from realizing breakthrough innovation? This month’s issue of Fortune magazine contains an interesting interview with Bob Stoffel, a Senior Vice President of UPS. One of the most fascinating things he discusses in the interview is the now-famous no-left-turn rule that all UPS drivers follow. Here’s how it works: UPS […]

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