I recently had a leadership team complete Patrick Lencioni’s “5 Dysfunctions of a Team” assessment. As part of the exercise, the team identified several strategies for team improvement. [Read more…]
Quotes inspire us and questions challenge us.
About two years ago, I purchased a card deck called “Quotes to Inspire, Questions to Inquire.” They were written by Jan Efline, a trainer and coach who specializes in creativity and innovation. I use her cards in staff retreats and in working with teams as a way of bringing people together. The quotes and questions elicit sharing regarding sensitive issues that may lay just beneath the surface such as mistrust of others, fear of change, or lack of understanding among team members.
Here are just a few of her quotes and associated questions that are my favorites. [Read more…]
Kevin Pokorny and Renee Hardman are on the air! We hope you enjoy the following radio broadcast below from Insight on Business: News Hour with Michael Libbie
Listen in to this powerful business radio program that deals with bias in the workplace and how that impacts decisions and productivity. Even more importantly it also addresses how to recognize bias and how to train ourselves to use positive bias rather than negative bias.
Listen Now: Moving From Unconscious Bias to Acceptance in the Workplace.
Practicing Mindfulness is Critical to Thriving Teams
One of the great enigmas in the workplace is why do some teams fail and others thrive. We may have some answers by virtue of an amazing study done by Google called Project Aristotle.
In 2012, Google embarked on an initiative to “study hundreds of Google’s teams and figure out why some stumbled while others soared.” They conducted intensive data analysis with 699 people that were divided into small groups each given assignments that required different kinds of cooperation. [Read more…]
Imagine the value to your organization if employees were:
- Focused in the moment, working on projects and communicating with customers
- Calmer in their responses with challenging customers
- Attentive and less judgmental in listening to their peers
- Able to respond positively to change and unpredictable situations and events
As a leader, do you believe you “own” your ideas? If so, what happens when someone questions your ideas or provides feedback that you don’t agree with?
In the last few weeks, my work with clients has focused on teams. In particular, working with leaders who want their staff to think like a team, to let go of silo mentality, and to see that their work is larger than them.
All difficult and challenging issues for humans to overcome. But, why is that? [Read more…]
One of the most challenging situations for new managers is to build trust within their team, especially if the manager is new to the organization.
I met such a person who is an administrator for the health care center at a senior care retirement community. She is young and new to the community. Yet, she told me that she begins each staff meeting with one staff person sharing something personal. It could be about a book they’ve read, poetry they’ve written, a dance they’ve learned, anything that is about themselves. The administrator told me her staff can’t wait to find out what people will share. It has infused energy, excitement, and bonding among her nursing staff.
I asked her, “How did you establish this practice? How do you get people to open up in this manner and to trust you?”
Her secret? She had to show them that they could trust her. [Read more…]
Enjoy the following radio broadcast below from Insight on Business: News Hour with Michael Libbie
Listen in as Kevin Pokorny and his colleague Sarah Noll Wilson talk about the upcoming Mindfulness Summit Dialogue #2: Bringing Mindfulness Practices to Our Business Community and Leaders.
Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie asked what Mindfulness is, and why mindfulness. Kevin and Sarah offered up some examples of how it may work in real life.
Here is that conversation:
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I want to introduce to you the mindful practice of taking purposeful pauses throughout your day.
Janice Marturano, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, defines purposeful pause as “it’s a moment in the day when you notice the swirl and choose to intentionally pay attention.” What is the swirl? [Read more…]