Category Archives: Teams

Not the Creative Type? How Then Will You keep Up?

Oh no, not me; I’m not really the creative type. I meet people who say they aren’t that sort of person – you know the “creative type,” and I get concerned for them. As I look around, I see that … Continue reading

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Running Into Angry Arms

Have you noticed that the presidential race is fueled by anger? Tuesday was primary election day in Maryland, and I voted for a losing candidate. He isn’t angry about the right things for enough people. People of all stripes feel … Continue reading

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Grow Wisdom, Organically

Formal succession planning and talent development programs often produce disappointing results. The wisdom, creativity, and collaborative skills business needs are grown organically through work processes and through natural social processes. Sadly, those organic and social processes are often suppressed by job design and bureaucracy. Read about six easy ways to make organic growth happen on your team. Continue reading

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Millennials Are Bums, So What?

So What?

So what if Millennials need more feedback than their predecessors?

That’s how people learn.

The dearth of feedback from leaders is the main reason why employees and results stagnate. If prior generations sought and gave less of it, perhaps it was because they were less savvy learners and more fearful about looking stupid than their younger counterparts.

So what if Millennials think it is crazy to be tied to a cubicle… Continue reading

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If I Can’t Be Divergent, I’ll be Candor

Last weekend I went to see Divergent, a movie based on a trilogy written by Veronica Roth.  Most of us read the series and were eager to be disappointed because, well, the movie is never as good as the book. … Continue reading

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The Zombie Chronicles

Zombies are all the rage these days. They are all over the movies, TV, and video games.  This macabre fascination disturbs me, but at last I think I have uncovered the source of this unholy preoccupation.  Could it be that the battles acted out on the screen provide people some hope for overcoming the zombies growing within?  I’ve met many people who are losing this battle–and I have seen organizations unwittingly drive their employees into the zombie zone.

For the those who want to transform their zealous employees into zombies, and for those who want to revive the zealots buried inside their zombies, I’ve come up with a few of the best ways to foster the transformation. Continue reading

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