People do not just accidently end up involved in meaningful work. Natural gravitation moves us towards disconnected and uninvolved. Therefore the work of every leader is to create environments and opportunities where people can engage. One of the most common words used for this dynamic is “recruit.” Not everyone excels at recruiting. Some people get … More How to Recruit Someone to Your Team
I get to work with a lot of stellar staff and volunteer leaders who oversee incredible teams. None of these teams are perfect – but many of them have qualities, which set them apart and make them an ideal team environment. Whether you are a leader building a new team, a fresh leader working with … More The Most Meaningful Part of Any Team
Great players win MVP awards. Great teams win championships. Those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but it is important to understand the power of synergy on a team. Unfortunately we grow up placing greater value and focus on becoming an MVP. We imagine ourselves out on the field hitting the game winning … More Collaboration is King
I might be a sucker for punishment. You see I love my job, but there are certain weekends that rise to the top for me. Generally those are days that are packed with activity; full of moments where our team looks at each other and we think, “can we do this?” My response? Bring. It. … More 3 Ways to Keep Your Team Flexible
I’m a pretty big fan of team sports. From the time I was little I always seemed to be drawn towards things like basketball, baseball, football and soccer. The team dynamic is the common thread between these various sports – beyond that each of them is pretty different. In football when you have the ball … More What Name is on Your Jersey?
My daughter is not yet skilled at reading the room. She is only 3, so I suppose she still has time to develop the relational savvy to catch what is happening beneath the surface. Perhaps it is a gift to adults that a toddler can walk into a room and interact without concern for the … More One Competency to Rule Them All