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Archive for August, 2013

27
Aug

In my most recent post for Psychology Today, I shared a story about the value of humor in creating safe language to change your team for the better.  I’m a big fan of humor and its value in helping us talk about things that are too difficult to hit head on.  I should have been […]

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25
Aug

If for the last two years, the only way you have responded to the question “how are you?” is with the word “busy,” then you need to stop and ask yourself if you have brought it upon yourself. We have a major problem with people needing to be included in everything and then suffering from […]

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21
Aug

My first dysfunctional team was a challenging, painful, character building (as my mom would call it) experience. It taught me many things (the hard way). It taught me about the importance of all being on the same page as a team. It taught me about how critical it is to have a trusting relationship with […]

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18
Aug

When we at Knightsbridge conduct a Vital Teams intervention™ with our clients, we pair a group dynamics expert with an expert in individual behavior.  This tag team approach moves teams ahead by eliciting more effective behavior from each team member and by improving the interaction among team members.  You get to hear my group psychology perspective all the […]

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14
Aug

“If you can’t be with the one you love honey, love the one you’re with” Stephen Stills In my previous post, I had a little fun with my sarcastic take on why it’s better when you don’t like your teammates.  While it’s true that liking your teammates is less important than communicating effectively, trusting their […]

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12
Aug

I get the sense that some people are tired of the hard work and self-awareness required to actually build positive relationships with their teammates.  I say let’s pack in the Kumbaya crap and get on with it. Here’s why you don’t need to bother liking one another. If you don’t like your teammates, you won’t […]

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07
Aug

In my previous post, I addressed the #1 thing you can do to improve communication on your team—being explicit about the difference between the intent and impact of your words. After reading it, I know you were more deliberate about how you communicated; bearing in mind how your words would land for the person you […]

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05
Aug

If there is one idea that can change your team faster than any other single idea, it’s understanding that there is a difference between intent and impact when you communicate with each other.  If you read this post, pay attention to the difference between intent and impact, and change your behavior accordingly, your team will […]

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01
Aug

Do you remember? Do you remember the time when you could get things done by sending out a memorandum on official looking stationery and people would just do what it said? Do you miss the memo?  Do you find it a drag to have to talk to people, listen to their perspectives, and actually take […]

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