To Collaborate Think “Outward” – 6 Skills

What makes for effective collaboration? I pondered this question while reading Elton John’s new autobiography, Me, and seeing how he worked on hundreds of collaborations. I also re-read an article on how Pixar got started and the incredible collaboration required when they made their first full-length movie, Toy Story, in 1994. These stories made me curious about effective collaboration and here are two resources I discovered that deepened my understanding. Six Skills Needed to Think "Outward." In a recent Harvard Business Review article called Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration, Professor Francesca Gino, shares her research into collaboration at Pixar [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:39:55-05:00January 9th, 2020|Team Leadership / Teamwork, Teams & Culture|

Is Work-Life Balance Baloney?

I wonder if this young woman we saw working at a museum has a work-life balance – she doesn’t look very happy. More about her in a moment. Let me say this right up front - I have never really understood the work-life balance mantra that we employers are supposed to embrace as we try to recruit Millennials. To me it is like achieving Nirvana, that Buddhist transcendent state of mind when an individual has no suffering, no desires, no sense of self, and you are released from the “effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth.” I [...]

By |2019-09-27T08:36:04-04:00September 26th, 2019|Team Leadership / Teamwork, Teams & Culture, Uncategorized|

Can Improv Help You Coach Your Team?

Until a few weeks ago I never thought of connecting improv theater techniques, like what you might see on the show Whose Line is It Anyway? to coaching a team member.  That changed when I listened to Alan Alda read his book If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face? . In this book Alda describes how he uses improv basics to teach scientists, professors, and doctors to relate and communicate better with their audiences, investors, students, and patients. Before I share how you might progress through a coaching session, let’s look at a few improv [...]

By |2018-09-21T09:18:22-04:00September 18th, 2018|Team Leadership / Teamwork, Teams & Culture|

No More Negative Waves, Coach

I lunched this week with a senior banker friend, who I used to work with many years ago. During lunch he shared a coaching challenge he is having that is the same challenge managers from several industries have shared with me – he has a younger commercial loan officer who is “okay,” but is not “stepping-up” – not trying to find larger loan customers and not taking responsibility for some things he should. Sound familiar to you? I suspected after talking with him that my friend was not a Connector Manager-Coach, but likely one of the other types of coaches [...]

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