Monthly Archives: September 2013

Effective TEAMS Work Well with Thematic Goals

From what I see in the work I do in organizations, a key to success for effective teamwork lies in a clearly defined foundation. Team members work together better when they have a compelling reason to do so. Patrick Lencioni in  Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Jossey-Bass, 2005) advises team members to identify […]
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What Makes a Great Team?

What makes a team great? If you’ve ever had that experience of being part of a successful team, you know what I’m talking about. Everyone is energized, passionate, fun to work with. Even with obstacles, it’s a great experience to see what you can solve together. So just what is it that makes a team […]
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Is Your Team Working? 5 Barriers to Team Success

There’s the team you lead, and the one you are a member of. There’s your family, maybe you participate in a team sport, and a community group you’re involved in. Everywhere you go you’re a part of a team, in one way or another. The question is, is your team working? Or is it not […]
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Putting Your Life Plan to Work for Success

If you haven’t already mapped out your life plan, take the first step now. Start with the foundation: your core values, purpose and life’s focus. List all of the realistic ways to achieve your ideal life. Break down these steps into short-term goals, and make an action plan. Write down your goals and action steps, […]
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Life Plan: Use a 7-Step Business Planning Model

When working with clients on personal development goals, I often suggest doing a life plan. You can use a classic business strategic planning model to map out your life plan. Here are seven-steps to get you started. Purpose: Identify your purpose (mission statement). Describe your life’s focus. If you’re young and just entering adulthood, this […]
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Do You Have a Life Plan?

When is the last time you sat down and mapped out a life plan for yourself? Perhaps you regularly update yours and discuss it frequently with your coach. Chances are, however, you’ve never created a Life Plan. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess […]
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Team Accountability and Feedback

How can leaders encourage team accountability? Most management systems are so focused on individual performance that they undermine the very teamwork they hope to encourage. In my opinion, based on working with teams, there’s not nearly enough emphasis on team behaviors, goals and success. If leaders want to see teams succeed, there must be team […]
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