Recently, on two separate occasions and for two different reasons, I was asked to thoroughly explain how the tasks different people were being asked to do were connected to a bigger picture or master plan. On many occasions this makes total sense, but I believe in these two situations the people were using this as a way to escape from… Continue reading Don’t Let the Big Picture Stop You
Recently I was at a meeting where they brought in various teams from around our Company to showcase the work that they were performing. Unexpectedly, I recognized someone who I hadn’t worked with or seen in 13 years running one of the booths. We immediately hugged hello and fell back into an old level of… Continue reading Developing Great Teams With Small Investments
What questions did you ask the last candidate you tried to hire? What expectations did you have about what they would bring to the table and the types of leadership and results you expected to see? What were the things that made you want to choose the person you actually hired? Now ask yourself, are… Continue reading Are You Living What You Expect In An Interview?
One particular summer Friday a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be working from a remote location at a beach town. I wasn’t supposed to be working that day, but an “urgent” (in quotes because it was someone else’s definition of urgent) project meeting came up that was four hours long that I “had”… Continue reading Using Urgent for Urgent’s Sake
I’ve been thinking about how to strengthen online teams… Many online courses require participants to form teams to complete some of the work. There are two ways to go about this: Create a team of people you already know Join a diverse team of strangers supplied by the platform If you’re with your friends and… Continue reading Online Learning Team Building Platform
Very similar to Beg Forgiveness Cards— How about creating an awards program in your group specifically to highlight failure. Celebrating success is great, but celebrating failure could just lead to better success. What else do you need to celebrate in your group to help entice more of that behavior?
Getting your team to believe that failure is an option or that taking prudent risks are OK is sometimes hard. Most people in a work environment are trained to believe that things need to work out correctly all the time. If you’re trying to get your team to live into the phrase “beg forgiveness rather… Continue reading Beg Forgiveness Cards
I love Hackathons and think they should be used for everything from IRS forms to anti-bullying solutions. So how can hackathons work for people themselves? A hackathon for people is to find help amplify or find solutions for one person’s work, because it’s great and you want to help spread or deliver their idea. The… Continue reading Hackathons for People
You can tell a lot about a group from the questions they ask each other and/or ask others outside the group. Think of the power of uncovering insights based on the ability to document every question ever asked by or to a group/brand/person/etc and tracking all the context and meta data attached to it. Being… Continue reading The Question Recorder
When I was a little kid I was always on the search for odd jobs. A couple times my Uncle Mike brought me to a warehouse he managed where they distributed VHS training videos in all sorts of subjects. One of the jobs I did there was to take huge boxes of VHS video tapes… Continue reading Finding the Payoff in Your Work