Posts in the "Organizational Development " Category

5 Tips to Help Improve Team Collaboration

October 14, 2016


Teams thrive or die on their ability to work together. Collaboration is a buzzword that is regularly thrown around, but what team behaviors and attitudes actually promote collaboration?

Why Leadership Scares Me

October 20, 2016


Recently, I was visiting with a colleague who was reflecting on his recently appointed position of leadership. He was asking the question, “Am I qualified to do this?”. As he considered those he was now leading, he saw similar abilities, similar experience, and similar potential, but here he was, the leader.

It’s About Who Has Your Back

October 26, 2016


True, leadership, as a subject, is quite comprehensive and complex, but is this really how it translates in practice?

Learning Leadership Styles Off the Coast of Alaska

November 1, 2016


Growing up on the coast of Alaska, I have spent many hours out in our family’s 16 foot skiff fishing for halibut.  As a young child, maybe aged six or seven, my dad would set me, my brother, and my sister in the boat.  My parents would launch the boat off the beach, and we would head off across the glassy smooth Pacific.

Who's Got the Wheel?

November 8, 2016


 Because disengagement is the natural byproduct of disengagement, when leaders do not engage the minds of their people, they lose their hearts.

5 Elements That Will Make Your Team More Effective and Successful

November 16, 2016


Whether the organization is private or public, for profit or non-profit, teams are a vital element to the organization’s success.  Given this, the very important question then, is what makes an effective and successful team?

10 Team Building Activities That Won’t Make You Scream

November 29, 2016


We have all been in this scenario: it is the first few weeks of a new job, and you don’t know anyone, including your hiring manager. This is an uncomfortable time for any new employee, for some of us it might even be considered painful.

3 Ways MBTI Can Change Your Work Day

December 14, 2016


While learning about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a coworker and I had a conversation regarding our work interactions.This conversation presented such a surprising ‘ah ha’ moment for me. Prior to learning about the differences in our preferences, I had no idea the impact my type preference was having on my coworker given her type preference. Regularly, her feelings were being hurt by the way I interacted with her.

The MBTI Changed Joanna's Workday, How Can it Change Yours?

December 19, 2016


The MBTI is used by 89% of Fortune 100 companies to maximize individual and team effectiveness from entry to executive levels. Watch and see how Joanna uses it in her everyday life to help her communicate better and build more productive relationships.

Know What's Better than a Punch in the Face?

December 28, 2016


When I recall how I learned about conflict, I remember certain experiences growing up. I go back to elementary school where a group of boys were teasing, probably even bullying, a good friend of mine. I shot across the class and punched one of them in the face. Entering middle school, I found myself in a new and hostile environment; I was the new kid, and I would be tested. I was suspended four times that year, three times for fighting and once for skipping class to avoid a fight.