Great Teams on Purpose

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

I remember how I felt the first time I heard the term "impostor syndrome." I was so relieved to not be alone! As the years (decades, actually) have gone by, though, I've started to wonder why I still struggle with this? Why do we get stuck here, and how do we get past it? read the full post
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

The truth about manipulative people at work

Picture this: Jerry shows up 5 minutes late to the weekly staff meeting - again. He isn’t dragging his feet, but he isn’t in any hurry, either. Like always, he says he was on a very important call that simply couldn’t wait. He has a steaming cup of coffee in his hand, which would only have been available to him if he took a 3-minute walk, in a direction opposite of the meeting room, to visit the coffee station. And, like always, your supervisor has waited to start the meeting until Jerry arrived. Jerry isn’t merely late - he has successfully manipulated everyone in the meeting - again. read the full post
The truth about manipulative people at work

Be a Leader, Not a Guard

I once worked for a manager who spent a lot of time “protecting” my colleagues and me instead of leading us. This manager worked for a leadership team who would not provide essential information, like budgets, in a timely manner. So our manager spent a lot of time meeting with us, saying a bunch of catchphrases, making empty promises, and guarding us from the leadership team. Our morale was low, our performance was weak, and we couldn’t figure out what to do with our days. read the full post
Be a Leader, Not a Guard

10 Things to Remember About Your Team Under Pressure

My supervisor came to me in a panic one day because a project waiting in the wings suddenly became top priority. I was instructed to drop everything, redirect everybody and all resources to this project, and be prepared to work ridiculous hours for the next couple of weeks. I said, "I can do that, but... read the full post
10 Things to Remember About Your Team Under Pressure

Fine doesn’t mean “fine”

One of the most common preferences I’ve come to see in my years of working with business teams is describing a team with the word, “fine.” I have some bad news: when you say the word, “fine,” it doesn’t mean what you think it does. read the full post
Impostor syndrome

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

Whitehall Campus Pastor, newlife church

Our Facilitator on Fire Team Workshop was different from a typical corporate retreat. It was more fun, more laid back, eaiser to be honest. Emily Robinson,

manager and volunteer board member, Olentangy Education Foundation