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 … Continue reading Not All Teams are Productive Teams

That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Do you ever have an encounter with a co-worker or leader where you walk away just feeling horrible?  You are not sure why but you just don’t feel good after the conversation.  Why does this happen?  What makes you feel this way after a discussion with a co-worker?  There is a relatively simple model that, … Continue reading That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Development Plans-Some Key Success Factors. Its about the Individual and the Organization

What is a good development plan? How do development plans grow individuals to be leaders? Are all development plans the same? As we approach the ‘review’ cycle within each of our organizations, how do development plans fit into the reviews of key leaders and high potential employees? Here are some ideas, sometimes controversial, of key … Continue reading Development Plans-Some Key Success Factors. Its about the Individual and the Organization

Why are Some Teams Productive?

Many of us have worked on cross-functional teams. The challenge is  how do organizations put together teams that are productive, efficient, and enable learning for the individuals, the team, and the organization? I have worked in effective and ineffective cross-functional teams and I wanted to understand a bit more about the concept of effective teams. The … Continue reading Why are Some Teams Productive?