Category: Understanding Differences

Collaboration Is Not Taught In School

“Can we all get along?” The late Rodney King spoke his famous words of despair in May of 1992 when the country was torn apart by a lack of cooperation and collaboration. My heartfelt response to his words was, “Apparently not.” Why is “getting along” so elusive? I think one of the reasons is that […] more

Are HUDDLE Sessions Like Masterminds?

In a Mastermind, a small group of business leaders commit to build their businesses, collaborate on their challenges, learn from each other and hold each other accountable. I am currently in a Mastermind group and have been in others in the past. I am a VERY passionate Mastermind supporter.  My business would not be where […] more

How Much Feedback Should Leaders Seek?

I worked with a managing partner who sought the opinions of all 28 of the other partners of the firm before he made any small, medium and important decisions. The problem or the result I observed was that he took little action. He was so focused on seeking feedback that he failed to make decisions, […] more

I Want Davey Johnson as My Leader

If you have to look up Davey Johnson, you can start with Wikipedia HERE. I do happen to be a lunatic Washington Nationals fan but that’s not the gist of this article. For anyone wanting to better their leadership abilities within their company, team, group or department, The Washington Nats Manager, Davey Johnson, is a […] more

Teams Have Multiple Personalities

Every team has its own bank of personalities represented. For managers and supervisors, the personalities can come from people they hired or those they inherited. It’s a manager’s responsibility to manage the multiple team personalities along with the goals, budgets, timelines, resources, strategies, conflict, etc. Can you relate to the following situation? The managers in […] more

Managers Must Have Ice Breakers Handy

Managers have it tough. Not only are they expected to oversee budgets, timelines and resources, they are expected to manage all the personalities they have on their teams. Stubborn Steve, Critical Charles, Nitpicky Nancy and Always Forgettin’ Al, among the lot. If all the personalities represented on our teams and in our departments got along […] more

Using Ice Breakers for Game Night

I recently spent an evening doing a really fun thing as a volunteer.  I led the first of many Game Nights for a group of young women who are working hard to build good lives for themselves. I wasn’t sure if they wanted to learn about Chess or play Go Fish so I started them […] more

Ice Breakers Necessary For Team Building

It is possible to build a well functioning team without the use of ice breakers, however, ice breakers make the goal much easier to achieve!  A good set of ice breakers is a critical component in every team building tool kit. Using ice breakers appropriately creates an environment that allows people to open up and […] more

Team Building Includes People Problems

Unless you have a team of robots, your team is inherently wired to have some level of discord. It’s human nature. We can’t help ourselves. We just don’t get along with our team mates all the time. Project managers all over the world are scratching their heads and gnawing knuckles when their people don’t get […] more

Games-Way-of-Thinking is Good for Business

If you supervise people, or work with others on a team, you can learn to use a Games-Way-of-Thinking to avoid or solve problems.  This way of thinking is an alternative to traditional ways of solving problems when they arise.  The problems I refer to here usually involve people (and the issues we all bring along […] more

Project Managers Change Expectations and Reduce Stress

I recently read an article about relieving stress.  Peter Bregman, noted author with Harvard Business Review stated, “The best strategy for reducing stress: Change your expectations.” I thought about this approach for team building purposes.  Managing teams can be highly stressful. Stress comes with the territory.  Project managers often live in chaos.  To me, it’s […] more

Welcome Open Team Conflict

A team leader’s role is to establish or sanctify the roles each team member will play when working toward the clear-cut goal.  When conflict arises – and it will – the team leader’s role is to understand the nature of the conflict and have it, the conflict, work toward the betterment of the team or […] more

Games Can Be Great Learning Centers

Brenda Brathwaite is another Game Gal. I do not bestow that honorable title on many people. We can learn so much from game inventors and Brenda proves that in spades (the game, get it?). In her talk, she discusses how she was inspired by her daughter to teach her about history and culture. That would […] more

Understand the Power of the Introverts on Your Teams

Much personal creativity is developed in solitude. As Susan Cain so aptly presents in her TED presentation (see below), introverts should be included as part of every creative team. Introverts may go off on their own to have profound insights that they bring back to the team. She makes a case for why introverts don’t […] more