• Making Dumb Groups Smarter
    HBR - Nov 25
    Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. If so, then three heads should be better than two, and four better still. With a hundred or a... Read »
    1 day ago
  • Rules Of Engagement For High-Performing Teams
    Inc - Oct 22
    Rules of engagement help define how your team will interact. They are like the "We Card." signs you see in every convenience store. Those signs were created to help the store workers identify and prevent age-restricted sales... Read »
    1 month ago
  • Why Your Team Needs Rookies
    HBR - Oct 2
    Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained, and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably... Read »
    1 month ago
  • What New Team Leaders Should Do First
    HBR - Sep 12
    Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major... Read »
    2 months ago
  • 7 Ways To End Every Meeting On A Positive Note
    Inc - Sep 12
    So often meetings feel like yet another necessary evil of doing business. At the end of a meeting, we observe quick exits, zoned-out looks, and the whispered utterances, "Well, that was a waste of time" or "Thought it would... Read »
    2 months ago
  • Teams Can’t Innovate If They’re Too Comfortable
    HBR - Aug 14
    On a warm afternoon in June, a few dozen people gathered on a sun-dappled spot of lawn in Cambridge to discuss the very broad topic of modern leadership. The head of a famous museum debated a senior exec from Google about... Read »
    3 months ago
  • Managers Can Motivate Employees With One Word
    HBR - Aug 13
    Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups,... Read »
    3 months ago
  • A Fairer Way Of Giving Credit Where It’s Due
    HBR - Aug 8
    People have a deep need to feel that their contributions to the group are acknowledged — even celebrated. Financial compensation alone cannot satisfy that requirement. Fairly assigning credit, however, is difficult. In... Read »
    3 months ago
  • What To Do If Your Team Is In A Rut
    HBR - Aug 7
    Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. Your team is in a rut, but what can you do about it? How can you push everyone to be more creative? Where should you seek inspiration? What’s the best way to... Read »
    3 months ago
  • Save Your Next Staff Meeting From Itself
    HBR - Aug 6
    While many leaders see staff meetings as vital to the success of their organization, most employees see them as a painful waste of time. As a result, employees arrive or leave whenever they wish; check their emails; doodle;... Read »
    3 months ago
  • Learning Collaboration From Tika-Taka Soccer
    HBR - Jul 2
    Solo efforts and individual stars used to decide the fate of soccer matches.  The 1970s, 1980s, and even the 1990s were dominated by legendary players such as Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and Diego Maradona, who, thanks to... Read »
    4 months ago
  • Managing A Team Across 5 Time Zones
    HBR - Jun 17
    At Steelcase, we all understand that the rhythm of a global team is not a perfect 9-5 melody. But understanding something can be very different from living it. My team has grown increasingly distributed across multiple... Read »
    5 months ago
  • How To Give Your Team Feedback
    HBR - Jun 17
    Business books, magazines, and blogs are chock full of advice about how to give feedback to individuals, but how do you do the same for your entire team? What type of constructive criticism is appropriate in a group setting?... Read »
    5 months ago
  • Engage Your Employees With Personal Attention
    HBR - Jun 10
    Several years ago, a large, global company asked me to help improve their employee engagement. I suggested a strengths-based approach to the problem: a search for “hot spots” in the organization where people were highly... Read »
    5 months ago
  • Build Your Own All-Star Team
    HBR - May 15
    Let’s imagine that you have recently assessed your company’s talent, and that you found plenty of high-performing executives and employees. Yet somehow your company’s overall performance isn’t where it should be —... Read »
    6 months ago