The Energized Team

The Energized Team

Most people join a team with an idea of where they want to contribute.  They answer an advertisement for a position that appeals to them.  They may be drawn to the title, compensation, organizational culture and mission, growth opportunity and/or many other aspects of...

Know Your Team to Lead Your Team

Know Your Team to Lead Your Team

In general, it takes time to really know someone.  Over the course of time, observing how team members react to various stressors and, more importantly, how well they perform and communicate, can be very revealing about an individual’s abilities, needs and...

Is Everyone Using The Same Map?

Is Everyone Using The Same Map?

In the military, one of the most critical pieces of gear any leader had for a mission was a map of the area in which we would be operating.  The map was used at the earliest stages of mission planning and was constantly updated through reports and intelligence...

Square Pegs in Round Holes

Square Pegs in Round Holes

People are never square and positions are rarely round, but an effective leader can work to match them perfectly together.  By giving frequent, constructive and reliable coaching, a good leader can keep his or her team members constantly facing the realities of their...

Common Should Not Make It Acceptable

Common Should Not Make It Acceptable

Some workplace problems are so common they are often regarded as normal.  While all problems present opportunities for growth, these accepted issues can habitually remain ignored. For example, in many organizations the relationships between the sales and operations...

When Top Performers Step Up

When Top Performers Step Up

When a top performer steps up to accomplish a task that is another manager’s responsibility, this is generally looked upon as a very appropriate action, and in most cases it is.  A couple such cases include if the top performer is helping cover another manager in a...

The Intentional Cultivation of Trust

The Intentional Cultivation of Trust

The U.S. military spends significant time and resources on team building and the development of leaders through training exercises. After each exercise, the teams evaluate their performances, scanning the events for lessons to be learned about each individual and the...

Trust Is Foundational to Effective Communication

Trust Is Foundational to Effective Communication

In a recent conversation, a friend asked the following question: “In the military, directness in communication is something not only allowed, but encouraged.  Do you believe you could be more direct with someone in the military versus the civilian world?” This...

Arriving at Trust

Arriving at Trust

You probably realize that people come to trust others in a variety of ways.  Some people can easily place their trust in others from the beginning of a relationship.  Others start with almost complete skepticism, requiring months or even years before they can trust...