Thoughts from the Field - Issue #17 - October 2013
How Trustworthy Are You?
By, Pam Bilbrey
Trust on teams is a measure of the quality of the relationships between team members. It is the glue that holds the team together. Trusting teams create an environment where it is safe to admit weaknesses, ask others for help, share ideas and opinions, and offer feedback to colleagues without fear of being judged or rejected. Without trust teams often disintegrate into some predictable dysfunctional behaviors. At The Table Group, we define trust in two ways.
Thoughts from the Field - Issue #16 - July 2013
You Can't Lead from 30,000 Feet
By, Josh Weeks
In making leadership teams more cohesive and organizations healthier, one of the most powerful yet simple things we do as Table Group consultants is help teams improve their meetings. After all, meetings are the playing field of business. To build a strong team and to make great decisions, teams, like athletes, must practice consistently — they must have regular meetings that are focused and compelling. Somewhat surprisingly, we find that for many of our clients the first step is simply to have regular meetings.
Thoughts from the Field - Issue #15 - April 2013
The Impact of "Rock Stars" on Healthy Teams
By, Kristine Kern
A rock star team member. Sounds great, right? Who doesn't want to have at least one of those on their team? Life would be so much easier. We'd meet our goals; hit our numbers; take more vacation time. What exactly do I mean by rock star, though? I'm talking about those team members who consistently perform above and beyond their peers. They may be able to do so based on pure talent, or blood, sweat and tears, or more nefarious methods — but the point is they get things done.
Thoughts from the Field - Issue #14 - February 2013
By, Glenn Lyday
Despite what you might think, your employees don't actually enjoy sleeping underneath their cubes at night. Your colleagues, and please don't take offense to this, would probably rather be home watching American Idol with their families than be stuck in the office with you. And, even though your boss is the one that created this deadline, he likely doesn't enjoy torturing you into working through the entire weekend. Likely. And yet, here you all are. In the office.
Thoughts from the Field - Issue #13 - November 2012
Accountability – A Precursor to Succes
By, Pat Richie
About five years ago two NFL teams replaced their very hard-nosed coaches. Players on both teams believed the new guys selected were going to be very different from their past coaches. In fact, the players from both teams told the press how great it would be to now have a "players coach". Team A had one player who said, "The last guy was just too hard on us!" Much to the delight of the players of Team A, practices were easier, pressure was off and life seemed good.
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