Create a story to build belief

Posted on May 29, 2014 | Tags: | No Comments

Is your team having trouble getting support from key stakeholders? Are you trying to push a larger change within your organization and facing resistance? If so, it’s time to start thinking about your story.

When conflict is slowing the team down

Posted on May 27, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments

One of the most common team types we see is one we call “Fierce but Fragmented.” This is a team made up of passionate people who all care about doing great work but who have a hard time collaborating together. Often, the source of the problem is weak or broken duos—people don’t fully understand or […]

Write a headline from the future

Posted on May 22, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments

When you and your team are planning a bold move and trying to tap into your deepest aspiration, it helps to imagine the story as told in the pages of a magazine, newspaper, or popular blog. What would be the headline of the story? What accomplishments would the story celebrate? What would make people on […]

Provocative question: Gut check your team’s goals

Posted on May 20, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments

Success looks like different things to different teams. It depends on context, history, purpose, and the team’s identity — which means that it’s crucial to gut check your ambitions. As a team, tackle this question: Did we commit to this outcome because we really want it, or because someone told us it’s what we should want? […]

7 questions to guide decision-making

Posted on May 14, 2014 | Tags: , | One Comment

As a team, you never want to enter the decision-making process blind. Without enough due diligence, a clear sense of goals, and shared decision-making criteria to serve as a guidance system,  the team could lose time and belief stumbling between options without direction. Use a question and answer method to establish guidelines for how your team makes decisions. […]

Turning the team’s good intentions into action

Posted on May 14, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments
Turning the team’s good intentions into action

Our colleague Adam Schorr, a Principal at SYPartners, returns this week as a guest blogger. As a manager, one of your most important roles is to set direction for your team — to paint a picture of the future, build belief, and get everyone inspired and ready to go. But what happens when you’ve done […]

A question to help identify stale habits

Posted on May 13, 2014 | Tags: , | 4 Comments

If you find that your team is stalling, spinning, or keeps bumping up against the same old obstacles, maybe it’s time to take a long hard look at the team’s day-to-day behaviors and assumptions. Kick off discussion with this provocative question at your next team meeting: What habits or behaviors have become such an ingrained part of our team culture […]