It’s all too common that we reward the heroes who save the day on our teams without stopping to think that they might only be rescuing us from problems they created. Stop rewarding arsonists for putting out the fires.
We’re not having enough conflict. Our conflict debt is costing us dearly: as organizations, we fail to prioritize and accomplish little; as teams, we work around the problem people and overwhelm the good ones; as individuals, we stifle our concerns and become increasingly stressed and disengaged. We need more conflict, but the voices inside our […]
If there is one line I hear over and over from the middle layers of management, it’s “what are we going to stop doing?” They are desperate for activities to be removed from their very full plates if new ones are going to be added. Although trade-offs are welcomed by most, it’s a different story […]
Meetings are where team goodness should happen, but meetings these days tend to be awful. I’m in the midst of a series on better meetings. I started with how to split different topics into weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings. Then I dove in with detailed instructions on running a great weekly meeting. Today, I’m onto […]
“95% of the time, two smart people with the same goals and the same facts will come up with the same plan. So I tell my team to spend their time figuring out if they have the same goals and the same facts before arguing about what to do.” That’s a gem that came from […]
The Knightsbridge Vital Teams™ process helps team members understand their styles and needs and the impact they have on team dynamics. We use the Birkman Method® as our tool in this process. This is the third in a monthly series where I’ll help you look in the mirror using some of the insights that come […]
How often have you heard someone say “just to play the devil’s advocate?” I’m a big fan of the devil’s advocate role when used properly, but even I cringe when this expression comes to mean “Everybody fasten your seatbelts, I’m about to be a jerk.” That’s what happens when aggressive people use the devil’s advocate […]