The absence of accountability

Accountability is one of the most misused words in corporate North America. Accountability is often used synonymously with responsibility. It's the person we're going to make responsible for the task or outcome. The problem is, the accountable person is the one we're...

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Lack of commitment

How many times does your team start working on something, thinking you're all committed to this same direction? Then, before long, you find someone is heading in a different direction? How did this happen? This problem is more common than you might imagine. You meet...

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A fear of conflict

Have you ever been on a team on which everyone was always nice to each other? So nice in fact, it seems you rarely disagree? A team who never disagrees might seem ideal. Your team might be getting things done. At the same time, though, you might want to look at what...

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The absence of trust

Do you trust the people on your team? What about those you report to or who report to you? What is trust and how do you know you have it? Trust you to be nice Do we have trust when it means I can trust you to always be nice to me? Being nice means, you’re not going to...

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What do you want?

How many times do you find yourself going through the day thinking about all the things you need to do? What if you didn't have to do any of these things? What would you do? I need to pay my taxes, so I don't get in trouble with the government. How much do you...

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Ask what they think

I once worked for a leader who read a lot. The team was convinced this leader spent every weekend reading. On Monday morning we would be waiting to hear the new idea we were going to be doing. The problem is not that this leader read so much or shared his knowledge...

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Leaders Self-Manage

Self-Management is one of the toughest things I had to learn as a coach. While self-management might sound easy, I can assure you it was a big challenge for me. While coaching someone we work on topics important to my client. Frequently, I have an opinion about the...

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Awareness –> Acceptance –> Change

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." -- Nathaniel Brandon Awareness Change starts with awareness. Awareness is the ability to see what is true. In the absence of awareness, how would you know what to change? What happens, though,...

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Nine ladies and a baby

"If one lady can make a baby in nine months, can nine ladies make a baby in one month?" -- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month At the time I read this book, I was working as a project manager. I was splitting people across multiple tasks with the expectation they...

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