Borrow a superpower for a day

Posted on May 1, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments

At Teamworks, we define Superpowers as the talent that is uniquely you. Your Superpower is so native to who you are and how you think that it’s part of your genetic code. Like a fish navigating water, you’re in your element when channeling this innate ability. A team usually works best when there’s a balance of superpowers; examples include: […]

Synching up the team’s working styles: Part I

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments
Synching up the team’s working styles: Part I

Note: This is part one of a two-part series on Working Styles, a Teamworks tool that helps teams better understand and play to each person’s strengths. If you’re a manager who would like your team to take the Working Styles diagnostic, you can sign up for a free two-week trial at Does your team have a hard […]

A way to boost creative problem-solving

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments

Sometimes we’re stuck with circumstances outside our control. A vendor doesn’t come through, so we’re stuck with materials that are less-than-ideal. A budget shortfall causes constraints. Your brand’s story or goals have changed, but the old ones remain in public consciousness. But necessity can spark creativity if you examine what’s frustrating or hard about the […]

Check the team’s actions against purpose

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | Tags: , | 2 Comments

When we talk about the team’s purpose, it tends to be abstract and aspirational. But, when it comes down to making the gritty, day-to-day choices, it’s easy to get pulled in the opposite direction. You want to reach for the stars; gravity keeps grounding you. Create a simple, gut-check question to ask in important moments, […]

Turning the critics into builders

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

In any decision-making discussion, it’s easy to get stuck in critic mode — picking away at every option on the table until there’s nothing left. And then you’re back to square one, which can frustrate team members and stall progress. When you notice your team stuck in critic mode, try asking questions that will get […]

How to get around decision dysfunction

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | Tags: , | No Comments
How to get around decision dysfunction

Does your team have decision dysfunction? If so, you’re not alone. In our work with teams over the past 20 years, we’ve found that decision-making is one of the biggest challenges teams face. When the team’s decision-making is impaired, it can feel like a pebble in the team’s shoe — a constant irritant. Or like […]