Team Effectiveness

The Benefits of Training for Project Managers

December 20, 2018

  Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by Strategy Execution, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take. […]

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May Carnival of HR Hosted by @stelzner

May 19, 2016

This month’s Carnival of HR is hosted by Mark Stelzner of Inflexion Advisors. Mark is one of the first HR colleagues I met on Twitter in 2009. He’s been a wonderful mentor over the years and I finally got to meet him last week (woohoo!) in person. Fun fact about Mr. Stelzner: he used to […]

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Spring Cleaning for Leadership – 21 Essays on Self, Culture and Teamwork

April 20, 2015

This time of year often brings out the cleaning fanatic in us, so Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog asked for blog posts about “spring cleaning” for her April Frontline Leadership Festival. The outcome is a blog carnival with 21 essays for leaders who want to learn to “clean up” in three areas: […]

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19 Essays About Achieving Breakthrough Results with Your Team

March 20, 2015

This month’s Frontline Festival is about how leaders can inspire breakthrough results with their teams. Hosted by Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog, you’ll find 19 essays written about both the internal and external elements leaders need to help inspire their teams to greater heights. Topics include: – Business results takes more than […]

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New Series – Your First 100 Days as a Leader

March 9, 2015

Most leadership transition experts agree that the first 100 days of a leader’s tenure sets the tone for one’s leadership effectiveness. I wrote a new series for the leadership category of the HR page. The series is called “Your First 100 Days as a New Leader – Tips for Launching a Successful Transition”, and in it you’ll […]

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Are These 5 Signs of Trust Evident in Your Workplace?

February 26, 2015

Welcome to Trust-Building Thursday, a new series on The People Equation. Each month, we’ll explore trust in the workplace and offer practical tips for building trust with your boss, colleagues, peers and team members. You can see other installments of the series here. Do you work with people who trust you? Do they trust others? […]

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The Benefits of a Structured New Leader Transition Process

February 3, 2015

Do you remember what your first day on the job was like as a new leader? Was it a chaotic blur of new names and faces? Did you attend a jam-packed orientation session, with stacks of paperwork? Leaders who are starting a new job — be it transferring internally to a new department, or joining […]

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5 Real-Life Examples of Creating Positive Workplace Morale

July 21, 2014

Think you can’t have fun, throw money at employees (literally!) and grow the company’s revenues by 25% all at the same time? It’s possible and the examples below prove it. Meet Bob Richards, a seasoned manufacturing executive who has tried what skeptics would call “outlandish” tactics to create a workplace environment in which employees are […]

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Announcing: The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

April 29, 2014

I’m very excited to announce that as of yesterday, the corporate arm of my business, SkillSource, has been approved as an Authorized Partner for Wiley’s brand-new Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team program, based on the New York Times best-selling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. You may recall that in March […]

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When Leaders Should Demand Extreme Excellence

February 24, 2014

Daniel Goleman, pioneering researcher of emotional intelligence, recently poked holes in the common leadership refrain of “excellence at all costs.” In the early 2000’s Goleman identified six leadership styles, one of which was the “Pacesetting” style, characterized as a leader who: Sets high standards for performance and models those standards him or herself Has a […]

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