Category Archive: Teams

I’m Afraid I’ll Be Alone

I asked a group about their fears. She said, “I’m afraid I’ll be alone.” It was years ago, but I still admire her courage. She wasn’t afraid of alone-time. Mature leaders want, even need,… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: New to the Team

Dear Dan, Executive leadership put me on a team, of people I like, but are afraid of me and each other. How can one work to build the trust of others they work with… Continue reading

7 Ways to Make Team Meetings Work Today

Team meetings that don’t work drain vitality. We’ve all been there. The leader is in love with their own voice, for example. When everyone groans before team meetings, it’s time to: Restructure the way… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Dealing with Ms. Rigid

Hi Dan, I lead a team of amazing professionals who are passionate and committed to the work we do. One team member is … rigid in her thinking and ambushes me at staff… Continue reading

The Complete List of Toxic Behaviors that Poison Teams

Toxic behaviors connected to communication: Assume silence is agreement. Overstate teammate’s opinions and question their motives. Sweep difficult topics under the carpet. Speak for others. Begin sentences with “you” – you always and… Continue reading

Meetings and the 5 Sources of Organizational Energy

The purpose of meetings is to energize small wins. 5 sources of organizational energy that connect to meetings: Progress. Nothing fuels energy more than moving the ball down the field. Contributing to a… Continue reading