TEAMS THAT WORK BETTER

What do you think you see?

Guest post by Lori E. Green: We judge. It’s human nature – indeed many studies suggest judging one’s surroundings, including the people with whom we’re interacting, is essential for survival and is a highly-developed skill through generations of evolution. As we’ve become more evolved and our understanding of our fellow human beings progresses, does the need for judging still exist? read the full post
What do you think you see?

Mixed Links #1

Do you want to ask better questions, be inspired about purpose, or better align with remote teams? These resources caught our eye lately at Facilitator on Fire. Sip now or bookmark for a meal later! read the full post
Mixed Links #1

Purpose means you show up anyway

This morning, I took a red-eye flight home from a conference that was several time zones away. It was a terrific but intense conference for entrepreneurs, and I am bone-tired. Yet I am sitting here at my computer anyway, taking a risk that what I am writing now could turn out to be a confused jumble, because I am moved to achieve my company’s purpose. Today, I just don’t have the energy to find much motivation, but I am pushing myself because my purpose is so strong that I can’t resist it. I am truly inspired to show up. That’s the difference between purpose and motivation. Purpose is stable and solid. It gets us moving and keeps us going in the right direction, even when motivation is lacking. When we have purpose read the full post
Purpose means you show up anyway

The lost art of apologizing

Guest post by Lori E. Green. I was surprised by a recent news item about Ohio’s Governor John Kasich noting he had issued an apology to the local newspaper. He had called their reporting about some state-wide information “fake news.” Thing is, this report was based on figures released by his department. When corrected numbers were issued by that same department, and reported in the newspaper, Governor Kasich called the editor to say “I’m sorry.” This made me realize two things: read the full post
The lost art of apologizing

“It’s complicated” Is True

When I was a kid, one of my family chores was washing the dishes in the evening several times a week.  I grew up in a farming community back in the 80s, when almost nobody had a fancy electric appliance called a “dishwasher.” There were 6 of us in my family, so dishwashing was no small task, either. My mom and dad each gave me advice about how to get dishes as clean as possible. Mom said to use plenty of soap, and Dad said to use the hottest water I could bear to stick my hands in. I ended up with seriously chapped hands most of the time. My friend Tom pointed out something to me about my dad’s advice... read the full post
“It’s complicated” Is True

Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

Years ago, I was managing the paperwork to close a high 6-figure deal, and all I needed was for the people who worked several levels above me to sign it. The project had been in the hopper for years and finishing it was deemed a priority by the organization. I had crossed all of the “t”s and dotted all of the “i”s, checked and re-checked the numbers and made certain that all of the players were truly committed and on board. Yet when push came to shove, my supervisor’s supervisors refused to move forward on the needed documentation. read the full post
Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

No Support for Task and Status Managers: Plan Implementation – Mistake #4 of 5

I used to work for a supervisor whose favorite pastime was assigning seemingly impossible projects to me. He would stride into my office, drop a thick file folder on my desk, and say, “Well, Kay, you’re not going to like this one bit, but there’s something I need you to take on. Read through this and figure it out. The deadlines are in there. Good luck.” Which I soon learned was his code for, “This is a project that nobody else will touch because everybody is arguing about how our systems aren’t designed to handle this. And nobody is going to give you help or access to anything, either.” read the full post
No Support for Task and Status Managers: Plan Implementation – Mistake #4 of 5

Not Using Reporting Tools: Plan Implementation – Mistake #3 of 5

In this series of five articles, I’ll be highlighting the most common problems getting in the way of team progress on plans. By looking at these one at a time (which is a great strategy to help teams overcome roadblocks: one at a time!), you’ll have the chance to consider how you can implement these fixes at work and with your volunteer teams. This week: Mistake #3 of 5, Not Using Reporting Tools read the full post
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Lacking Team Progress Reports: Plan Implementation – Mistake #2 of 5

Many (if not most) teams struggle to implement plans at one time or another. I've identified five key mistakes that keep plans from progressing - and ways you can fix these mistakes at work and with volunteer teams. The five mistakes are: 1. Fuzzy plans; 2. Lack of reporting team progress; 3. Not using tools; 4. No support for task managers; and 5. No accountability. In this series of articles, I’ll be highlighting one of these problems each week. This week, learn how to overcome mistake #2, when your team is lacking up-to-date progress reports. read the full post
Lacking Team Progress Reports: Plan Implementation – Mistake #2 of 5

Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 of 5

Struggling to implement plans is one key roadblock most teams have in common. I’ve worked with countless teams over the years to overcome planning issues. I’ve noticed they all seem to get caught up in the same kinds of energy-sapping, time-draining mistakes. Even when their plans progress, they pay a high price in terms of lost productivity, team morale, and often, lost business. You or someone on your team is likely suffering the consequences of at least one of the five common mistakes I’ve identified. Fortunately, in this series of articles, you can learn how to identify them, too - and fix them, so you can recover team trust, time and other scarce resources. The five mistakes are... read the full post
Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 of 5

J. Kay Coughlin, CEO & Chief Facilitator

After completing work with Facilitator on Fire, on our own we’ve been able to address and create solutions to strategy and organizational problems we had previously been unable to resolve. Claude Davis

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