Category Archives: Team Performance

Is the Emperor with His New Clothes Leading in Your Organization?

Sometimes the childhood story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a useful metaphor for business situations.  The story is about an egotistical Emperor that was manipulated into wearing clothes made of an invisible fabric in which those unable to see the fabric were presumed to be either unfit for their posts or hopelessly stupid.  As […]

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How to Accelerate Leadership Performance through Coaching

Who really needs a coach?  Even the most successful leaders are challenged with unpredictable shifts in market demand along with issues generated by constant change. These situations can create the need for leaders to benefit from the insights, feedback, and counsel of an experienced business coach.  Coaching; however, is not for the faint at heart.  It takes […]

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How to Shift a Company’s Culture

The first question I ask clients is why would you want to shift the culture?  What are the business reasons that make shifting the culture a productive thing to do?  Shifting a company’s culture is challenging because people resist the trade-offs  that come with the shift, and people are often loyal to the old culture […]

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The Three C’s for Gaining Speed in Execution

I have heard it said that the speed of the leader determines the speed of the team.  In other words, the sense of urgency the leader demonstrates drives the performance speed of the team.  I also believe that the clarity in which the leader communicates the vision determines the commitment and capability of the team.  […]

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Ten Ways to Build Great Partnerships

As the internet provides vast amounts of new information every day, it becomes more and more challenging to keep up with the skills, knowledge, and expertise we need to do our jobs.  Working with partners is becoming a way of lightening the load.  Developing alliances to share different perspectives and cooperate on mutual goals is […]

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Myths about How Our Brains Work

Have you ever wondered what scientists are discovering about the brain?  Well I was curious and decided to read John Medina’s book Brain Rules. Medina, a molecular biologist, shares what scientists know for sure about how our brains work. It surprised me to find that some things I had learned about the brain were myths.  […]

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Leadership 101: Understanding Other People

Clients often share stories about how they have developed their leadership approach. Their stories describe assumptions about how people should be led.  The assumptions are things they have learned in past experiences from others leaders. Unfortunately, people value different traits of leaders and their preferences are based on their personality styles not on others leadership […]

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Trinity Industries Prepares for U.S. Manufacturing Growth: An Interview with Mike Williams, V.P. of Human Resources

Trinity Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of transportation, construction, and industrial products.  It is a multi-industry growth company that accomplishes market leadership through operational expertise and talented people along with a commitment to continuous improvement. As markets shift and manufacturing begins to return to the U.S., Mike Williams is anticipating the […]

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Building a Corporate Culture of Trust

When I begin work with a client, it is usually safe to assume that they did not get out of bed that morning wondering how the corporate culture was impacting productivity. Culture often flies under the radar screen until its impact on performance becomes a problem. The problems usually have something to do with lack […]

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