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? […]

Better coordination, increased productivity

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 | Tags: , | One Comment

Wondering how to boost your team’s productivity? Focus on improving coordination: Clarify roles and responsibilities. Shore up communication gaps. Make hand-offs more efficient. Small process improvements can make a huge difference.

Looking for a good Monday ritual?

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 | Tags: , | One Comment

As a team, answer these three questions: 1) What did we accomplish last week? 2) What do we need to accomplish this week? 3) Is there anything standing in our way?

Recognizing outcomes—good and bad

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 | Tags: , | No Comments

Some teams rationalize and try to cover up missed milestones. Other teams forget to celebrate victories. Make sure you publically acknowledge both—it could be a victory dinner for a win or a learning lunch for a miss.