Why there should be an “I” in TEAM.

I’ve been thinking about this whole concept of sacrificing the self for the team for a couple of days, and then the article below landed in my inbox this morning. For years team building practitioners and leaders have been proclaiming that there should be no “I” in TEAM. I think it’s a concept that’s fundamentally flawed and the breeding place for conflict and discontent. Basic psychology is clear on this…...

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Become a Corporate Mentalist when interviewing new Employees.

Understanding people and their “natural” (or thrust) behaviour style can go a long way to helping HR professionals streamline the recruitment of new employees. Research shows that poor behavioural fit with existing team members can lead to conflict and a significant drop in team and individual performance. So it’s a good idea to be able to interview not only for ability and attitude, but also for behavioural fit. The following sample job...

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The Changing face of Teambuilding

 I have been involved in the teambuilding industry since 1994 and as a result I often get asked by industry publications if I’d like to write editorial or them.  When I agree, they want to charge me a fee because they feel that my article will constitute “marketing”.  The real message behind this practice though, is not that they want to charge me for marketing, but they are willing to place anyone’s...

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The Success Hangover

I recently met with Bruce a company owner and MD intent on growing his already-successful company. He’s in the process of employing Regional Managers, Sales Managers and devising an aggressive sales and growth strategy. He is looking to partner with me as a coach and mentor to his company – but what I discovered was astounding. Bruce has decided to cancel company conference. He’s cancelling the very bastion of motivation and...

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Juggling ice-breaker for meetings, training and teambuilding.

I’ve done this with great effect in the past – both with small groups as part of Managment Training, but also at conferences with groups of a couple of hundred people!! The beauty of juggling lies in the fact that we’ve all marvelled at the skill of jugglers since we were little, but few of us have ever managed to acquire the skills. We’ve tried – and I’m guessing we all got up to two balls – using the...

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