Leadership skills training and team building for technical teams and leaders


Leadership Styles Miss the Mark

Many leadership experts talk about different leadership styles.  Father of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, describes eight styles, Fast Company co-founder, Bill Taylor, describes four styles, and so it goes.

Early in my career, I would […]

Why Your Team Needs to Adopt a Culture of Ownership

Introducing Ownership

In his great book ‘Extreme Ownership’, former Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink recounts the painful episode of a friendly-fire, or ‘blue-on-blue’, incident on the streets of Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The […]

Team Meetings – You’re Doing Them All Wrong

Poor team leaders rarely hold team meetings, but holding a team meeting and doing the wrong things isn’t much better. In my experience, many team meetings consist of each team member giving a status report. […]

3 ‘Must-Haves’ for Leadership Development Programs

As I’ve mentioned in many previous articles, it’s all too common for organizations to promote an A-player into management without any plan to help them evolve into their new role. This has always baffled me […]

Want to Enable Your Team Members? Take A Military Commander’s Approach to Delegation

About six hours before the D-Day amphibious landings began on June 6, 1944, about 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne forces were dropped inland. Their overall mission, the opening forays of Operation Overlord, was to […]

Six Great Reads for Technology Teams

In my ‘High Impact Tasks for CTOs’ eBook I mention starting a book club as a way to impact organizational culture and drive performance.

There are several benefits to reading the same books for technology team […]

Employee Engagement – It’s Worse Than You Think

The number of employees who are considered ‘engaged’ in their work is pretty horrifying. Gallup’s study of almost 200,000 U.S. employees indicates that a mere 32% are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their […]

The Power of an Elite Team Identity

In a previous blog post, I discussed the idea of focusing on team identity rather than worrying about the difficult issue of culture. The efficacy of this approach is based on Social Identity Theory, which […]

Developing a Compelling Team Mission Statement

Most management theorists and leadership experts agree that high performing teams are built around a compelling and engaging mission (sometimes called a vision or purpose). This mission is the core purpose for the existence of […]

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