Team

May
16

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best: This is what it looks like at it’s worst: Here are three signs you are stuck in a collaboration sheep cyclone: You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke […]

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May
01

Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Last Friday I attended a presentation by Charles Jacobs, author of Management Rewired.  It was a fantastic talk about how our brains work, and particularly how motivation works (or doesn’t) in the workplace.  I walked away with a brand new understanding about management that’s incredibly simple and important to the happiness of employees. Let’s talk […]

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Apr
29

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.  While I did find that Adam Grant has a tendency to repeat himself from time to time, overall I found the book to be thought provoking.  I often put it down to consider a point and […]

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How Do You Choose Your Team?

In 2011 Mumford and Sons broke out after their appearance on the Grammy’s.  After watching them, a friend of mine quipped: Too bad Mumford didn’t have any sons who played drums… It’s tempting as a manager to think about the elements you need on your team and worry about the skills you don’t have.  You […]

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The Pitfalls of Labels

The more time you spend in management or HR, the more you will come in contact with tools like DiSC, Forte, Myers Briggs and Insights Discovery Profiles.  These communication style surveys are great tools for inspiring conversation around how different people work and communicate.  But be careful when you use them because they come with […]

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Mar
19

How to Keep Your Team Motivated – Incentives that Work

Today as I was flipping through my twitter feed I came across a gem of an article on the likelihood of incentive programs to backfire by Dan and Chip Heath.  It reminded me of the old law of unintended consequences.  As a manager when you act, things happen.  Some of them are things you wanted […]

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Dec
01

Management Lessons from The Art of Racing in the Rain

I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s sort of about a dog and sort of about race car driving but it’s really about an approach to life and to challenge that I found both inspiring at a personal level and applicable […]

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Keeping Your Team Members Motivated

Today I was reminded again that different people have different reasons for doing (or not doing) good work.  It’s an easy lesson to forget when you are busy and juggling multiple priorities.  You can fall into the bad habit of doling out projects based on availability and capacity rather than trying to make sure that […]

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Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

Great insight on why working in the office and being interrupted all day makes no sense. Looking for more ideas on how to grow your management and leadership skills?  Why not join the Survive Your Promotion group on LinkedIn?  Share management and leadership resources, ask questions, make connections and help other emerging leaders!

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How to be Successful

Everyone wants to be successful right?  Or more accurately, no one wants to fail.  But how can you find success in your life, your job, or anywhere else?  The answer is simple. Love what you do. There’s nothing that will make you better than doing what you love and pursuing it with all your heart.  […]

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