Years ago I played a teamwork mind game called the "Prisoner's Dilemma." Maybe you have heard of it? Two criminals - who are co-conspirators - are locked away in two solitary cells. Neither can communicate with the other. Both prisoners are interrogated by officials. Both are offered the same deal - if you stay silent you […] Read More
Leaders must beware of this quiet killer of teamwork. I love the following story I read recently from John Maxwell's, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. Fred and Martha were driving home after a church service. "Fred," Martha asked, "did you notice that the pastor's sermon was kind of weak today?" "No, not really," answered […] Read More
Teamwork is hard to achieve. It requires members of the team, including the leader, to be as positive as they can be about relationships, goals and outcomes. And when team members and leaders have to look at things critically they must do so with the spirit of trying to fix the problem, not just whine […] Read More
There are many do's and don'ts of effective leaders. One of the most important skills a leader can learn is how to build and increase trust. Through leadership training, books, videos and blogs there is a lot of information out there on how to effectively build trust with those you lead. My own personal favorite […] Read More
Whether it is in the classroom, the locker room, or the board room, you develop teamwork when you choose to appreciate diversity and the creative contributions it offers.