“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
– Peter Drucker

You might have the perfect plan, but without mutual trust, teamwork, and a clear sense of  “this is who we are,” your chances of accomplishing it are pretty slim.  On this page, look for posts that tell you how to build a positive, resilient team that magnifies the abilities of its individual members.

Culture and Teamwork

Building Teams and Culture

Leadership Mistakes

9 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

In a recent online poll, about 1,000 U.S. workers were asked what their biggest complaints were about their leaders.  Today we’ll talk about the top nine of these complaints, how they are connected, and what you can do to avoid being one of the leaders they are complaining about.

Abilene Paradox

The Abilene Paradox: When Agreement is Bad

Not sure where your team is heading?  Wonder what will be waiting for you when you get there?  Sounds like you might just be on the Bus to Abilene.  Here’s how to recognize if you’re on that Bus and how to get it turned in the right direction.

Train the new guy

How to Train the New Guy

Being the leader is a challenge, but it can be even more challenging when you have new people join the team who don’t yet know how to contribute.  In the next two minutes I’m going to show you a way to pull the new guys on to the team and …

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Book Notes - Quiet - The Power of Introvers in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Book Notes: Quiet

You are a member of a small group of survivors that has just crash-landed a float plane in remote sub-arctic Canada. You have been able to salvage 15 items from the plane, but you can’t take all of them with you. So as a group, you must rank order the …

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Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek

Book Notes: Leaders Eat Last

The book title caught my eye because it’s something the Army has been doing for a long time.  One evening, while observing Marines eating dinner in the field, author Simon Sinek noticed that as a matter of routine, the most junior Marines ate first.  The highest ranking ones, the leaders, …

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Turn the Ship Around - David Marquet

Book Notes: Turn the Ship Around!

Recently while researching leadership topics, I came upon an interesting video on YouTube.  In it, author L. David Marquet, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, relates how he turned the Navy’s conventional leadership paradigm on its head, and in doing so ended up not only becoming a better leader himself, but leaving a …

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Quantifying Fun

How to Measure the Unmeasurable “OK,” I said, “I agree it’s a good idea to try to have fun at our weekly meetings, but how do you make a concise goal out of that?  How do you know when you have achieved fun?”  Read on, and we’ll look at two …

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