Category: collaboration

Courage at work. Lessons from Brené Brown

It’s Wednesday at Workhuman 2019 in Nashville and people are networking, looking at product demos, having their professional headshots taken, and enjoying themselves during an afternoon break. In spite of the activity, the crowd slowly starts to get in line in front of the ballroom. This is where Brené Brown is going to speak in an hour. As the

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An Ode to Courage

As Brene Brown so eloquently states, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” When you ask someone to describe what is courage, they usually describe someone who is vulnerable.  Vulnerability and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. It’s our vulnerabilities and courage that make us who we are and drive our passions.

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Not All Teams are Productive Teams

If we put smart people together as a team, they will perform.  They will innovate.  They will create breakthrough ideas.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  As our experience and academic research tell us, teams consistently underperform, despite the many resources they are given.  Human nature challenges such as power struggles, competition, coordination, and differing

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Don’t Be a Sheldon

As we approach performance review cycles, the question for leaders to consider is “have you been a good listener?”  Have you truly listened to what your employees needed?  Have you, as their leader, considered both what they were saying, how they said it, and what they meant?  To effectively provide feedback, it’s paramount that you

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Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast…and Embrace Mistakes as Learning

We have all been there.  We work on a project for years, roll it out, and there are significant problems.  In fact, I was once on a project where we had to go ‘dark’ for six months and pull the product from the market.  This week, we heard about Samsung pulling their mobile phone from

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