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Building High Performance Teams

Are you part of a high-performance team? How do you know? Well, you might have heard that racehorses that win the most races are only slightly faster than runner’s-up, but typically win 100 times the prize money.  There’s a similar disparity between workplace teams. Some seem to limp along, barely achieving the minimum acceptable results […]

Four Leadership Lessons from Ender’s Game

In honor of the DVD release of the Ender’s Game movie this week, we’re passing along this article on Four Leadership Lessons from Ender’s Game. As the article states, “the leadership skills displayed by Ender Wiggin have been so influential that the book has several times appeared on military college reading lists to provide examples of […]

Fast Company Lists Problems for Corporate Culture

Recently Fast Company magazine listed six problems for corporate culture. Focusing largely on leadership behavior, the list aligns very well with Brilliant Training Group’s approach to team leadership and team building.

Culture is a tricky thing – it’s hard to define, and even harder to ‘control’. But we all understand it’s central importance for our organizations […]

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

Team leadership is hard enough without making it even more complex. While some of us have had the luxury to really study leadership, whether formally or informally, most technical team leaders are looking for small ways to be a little bit better each day.

For that reason, I really like concise articles like this one: 11 […]

Everything I know about leadership, I learned from Star Trek

Now we’re not suggesting that technical team leaders are nerds or anything, but something tells us that this list of leadership lessons from James T. Kirk will suit this audience rather well!

Forbes staff writer, Alex Knapp explains, “In his many years of service to the Federation, James Kirk embodied several leadership lessons that we can […]

Management vs. Leadership

Management guru Peter F. Drucker famously noted that “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” But how helpful is this for an ‘in-the-trenches’ team leader? Is you role management, or leadership? Are they mutually exclusive? To paraphrase Drucker, can you do the right things right?

Most people would probably agree that doing […]

Move over Alpha leaders, here come the Betas…

Throughout my life I’ve been described as a ‘natural leader’. I typically took that as a complement, but as I have matured I wonder if that just meant that I was opinionated, pushy, and loud – typical Alpha-male behavior.

By contrast, many technical team leaders don’t fit this Alpha description – so are they not ‘natural’ […]

Motivate Your Team With a Vision

This week I was reminded once again that leadership style is key for retaining talented team members. I heard the story from a great guy who has just left a job at a top .com company – because he couldn’t get behind the overall mission of the organization, which he described as “making two guys […]