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Pearls of Wisdom and Growth are the Result of Irritating Coworkers

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There is a difference between a minor irritating behavior and a malignant disease. Let me begin by clarifying that this article is NOT an invitation to tolerate toxic teammates or to enable destructive behaviors.


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Every cake you have ever eaten (if it was good) included at least these five main ingredients – because you cannot have an impressively delicious cake without them.

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3 Ways to Create a Competitive Advantage for Your Team

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There are so many ways to gain a competitive advantage for you and your team. I am sure each one is a valuable and helpful suggestion…. Whether it is in a book, or on a video, or in a presentation – I assure you that they all have their roots in one of three important areas.

17 Quotes on Virtual Teamwork and Remote Teams to Inspire You

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Working on remote teams and trying to successfully navigate the challenges of remote teamwork can sometimes be frustrating. As I have shared before with man audiences, “Talent is essential, but never sufficient!”

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

The Only 3 Options to Cure a Toxic Team Culture

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If you are leading or working in a toxic team culture, there are only 3 cures that you will ultimately be able to choose from to make things better.

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Funny Office Awards – Don’t Earn the “Margo” for Being the Worst Teammate Ever

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As a coach, one of the things I learned was that what gets rewarded gets repeated. So, to motivate our athletes we would give out post-game awards to celebrate the things we wanted our team to value and emphasize. …We We had the “Allstate” award for assists. …We

Two Unexpected Ways to Earn the Attention of Your Distracted Team

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You see it every day…. Teammates get distracted constantly by the barrage of noise around them – and that means they do not pay as much attention to YOUR emails, conversations, texts, or smoke signals…. It isn’t just millennials on your team who are distracted anymore. It’s truly everyone.

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Five MORE Unique Virtual Team Building Ideas That Are Fun, Fast, and Free!

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. With a pandemic still affecting so many teams (and impacting interactions by separating your people), leaders are looking for more virtual ideas to include in meetings that provide team building take-aways – that are fun, fast and free. .

5 Easy and Effective Virtual Teambuilding Activities and Ideas for Team Leaders

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Are you and your team are stuck in quarantine and unable to maintain your daily interactions with each other over the next few weeks? . Are you and your team separated as part of a virtual team that has teammates at different locations permanently? . Are you unable to schedule an in-person teambuilding event and looking for a few virtual teambuilding ideas to help re-connect, re-focus, and re-engage your people ? . Then THIS collection of 5 fantastic.

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Free Webinar Friday – How to FIX Your Broken Team Culture!

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Do you feel like your team is…. underachieving ? Want to know the FIVE essential things that get individuals to work as a team? THIS FRIDAY (7/17) at NOON I’ll be sharing a link to a FREE webinar where YOU can learn “ How to Fix Your Broken TEAM CULTURE ” The program will be 100% focused on what you can do – as a team leader – to build a more positive, productive, and profitable team culture… whether your people work in-person or remotely!

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Three Unexpected Ideas to Help Lead Your Team and Thrive in Change

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If you lead a team, at some point you will need ideas to help them thrive in change. Change is inevitable. Adaptation is not – but a refusal to adapt and grow is the first step to frustration and eventually result in team failure. So in order to share a few unexpected ideas to help you lead your team in times of change, I’d like to introduce you to my wife’s 4 favorite people ; ). I like to believe that I’d be #5… and the kids would argue that Dooley is #1 ; ).

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How to Clarify and Define Your Team Email Expectations and Communication Agreements

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Working with teams, one of the common issues is poor communication… That likely doesn’t surprise you. But what might surprise you is that much of the issues that occur on teams – large and small – could have been avoided if they had BEGUN with a clear set of team expectations. Want to ensure your team is more positive, more productive, and more profitable? Then DON’T SKIP this step in your team communications!

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I was reminded while playing Othello last week that people conform to Team Norms. If you want to improve culture in your organization, you have to overcome the challenge of existing conformity. Leading a and improving culture is a lot like playing Othello! In the board game, once a disc is outflanked on both sides by the opposite color you have to flip it over to the opposite color.

In Adversity, What Type of Movie Do You Put Your TEAM In?

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So – you hear the director say “ACTION!” ” You find yourself in the middle of a Hollywood motion picture… Are you in part of a horror movie? A romantic comedy? A suspenseful thriller? An action adventure? A war documentary? . Or, is it an inspirational comeback? . Winning teammates understand that ultimately it is THEIR DECISION how the story ends – and how it is defined. The story you TELL YOURSELF is the one that determines the ending you endure or enjoy!

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5 Examples of Important SOFT Skills that Ignite Workplace Performance

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As important as technical skills and knowledge may be in your industry, team leaders and teammates soon realize that the soft stuff is really the hard stuff. Workplace performance is the result of developing your people beyond the normal range of technical skills. Emphasizing soft skills is not just important – it is vital to creating a culture of consistent improvement and results.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

How to Use Pronouns and Prepositions to Improve Teamwork and Performance

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As a teammate or team leader, you know that choosing the right words to use can improve teamwork and performance. The wrong words can be devastating to team morale and individual engagement – but when you use winning phrases you can have a significant positive impact on your team culture. What you may not be aware of is how your subconscious choice of words – pronouns and prepositions that you may believe are unimportant – can actually have a powerful effect on the performance of your people.

How to Ensure Your Next Speaker Has a MEASURABLE IMPACT on Your Team

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As a basketball coach, one of the things that we did as a program to develop our team culture was bringing in outside speakers every couple of weeks throughout the season. The guest speaker would share ideas and stories and wisdom that would inspire our athletes. It wasn’t enough for them to hear things from ME – they benefited from having someone ELSE come in and share a similar message, but in a different voice and with different stories to support their advice.

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The Dynamics of Successfully Filling a Role on Your Team

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Roles are an essential part of any team. Whether it is in sports or business, the better each individual buys into their role, the more successful the organization can become. On the flip side, if everyone is trying to do their own thing, or trying to be the star of the show, it seems like even the simplest of tasks fail. Most of the time, it isn’t for lack of talent either; it is because rolls aren’t being filled correctly.

Three astonishing productive questions to ask yourself when facing adversity

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If you are facing adversity, you can either suffer through it and wait for things to change, or you can lead by asking yourself these three astonishing questions – and then acting on the answers your mind provides. As a coach, our players’ strength was all gained through resistance training. You might be surprised by how helpful and inspiring difficulty can be… Rather than shrinking in the moment from fear, let your challenge be a catalyst for you to harness into opportunity.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work: Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

7 Ways to Build Relationships that Improve Teamwork in Your Office

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An important part of the message I often share with teams and team leaders is the idea that you must have TWO vital connections to get energy from your people: 1. They must connect to a compelling common goal. They must connect to each other. It is true that connecting to the people you work with is a huge factor in how hard you work and how much pleasure you experience in being there….

This ONE WORD is the Defining Trait of Winning Teammates

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A few years ago I would have argued that it is impossible to boil the defining trait of winning teammates down to just one word. In the book, The 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates , there are a list of behaviors that are helpful in defining the difference between common disengaged employees from the more successful coworkers who inspire those around them.

Better Email Communication With Your Team is Easy as 1-2-3!

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Most every leader wants to have better communication with their team. The challenge is that meetings are difficult and you cannot always have a face-to-face with your entire team or even the individuals you may need to share information with. So you send out an email…. And then you wonder…. Did they open it? Will they open it? Did they understand the importance of it? Will they do what you need them to after reading it?

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Add Common SINCE to Improve Ownership Thinking and Innovation on Your Team

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Have you noticed that there is a HUGE difference in the productivity of people who WISH versus people who accept reality and move forward with action? One of my high school coaches years ago used to say that “ Wishing is what people do when they don’t want to work ”. And the more I have heard it used in my adulthood by teammates in various industries, the more I see his point. Wishing is victim thinking that leads to pouting – which is a waste of time.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

How to Increase attendance and engagement and impact at your next conference!

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One of the things that I am most proud of as a teamwork and teambuilding speaker is the audience engagement during my programs and the impact that is seen following them. As a coach and teacher for two decades, I learned what most experienced event professionals also know – that TELLING IS NOT TEACHING !

Have You Clarified Your Team Norms?

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Team norms are the foundation of your team CULTURE. Your team CULTURE determines your team performance. And while ALL leaders invest time and resources in strategy, that is never enough to build a GREAT team! Strategy is what you want done, but CULTURE determines how it is done. And CULTURE has become a buzz-word over the last few years…. There have been dozens on long, drawn-out explanations and prescriptions of what creates or impacts or defines the term.

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Use the 30-30-30 Rule for Personal Development to Improve Yourself as a Teammate

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Both good AND great are enemies of better… So the surest ways to separate yourself is to continue to improve and ensure your personal development. One of the Ten Commandments of Winning Teammates is to Stay Coachable! And it is that desire for development and growth that led me to the 30-30-30 rule I have shared with athletes – and with a number of clients in my team building events. The 30-30-30 rule is quite simple, really.

2 Teambuilding Activities to Use at Your Conference to Boost Interaction and Impact

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We remember what we experience! And when you are planning a conference, as important as the content of your chosen speakers will be, Conferences are about CONNNECTIONS! As an event professional, these three goals are important to keep in mind when you are hiring speakers and putting together your conference agenda: Connecting people to new ideas to change awareness…. Connecting people with purpose to improve engagement…. Connecting people with each other to improve collaboration….

Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

How to Handle a Complainer… and Turn Them Into a Contributor

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We’ve all heard them over the years. Heck- some of us have BEEN one of them. The complainer. The person who sees something that needs to be done… who notices a problem and says out loud (or internally) that “somebody should…”. And the truth is that on your team, there are lots of those internal voices happening… EVEN IF you don’t hear them complaining out loud.

The BEST $20 You Can Spend to Improve Teamwork

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Recognition and morale have a tremendous impact on the productivity of your team. And, as a teammate or team leader, one of the greatest challenges is to EFFECTIVELY spend your professional development money so you improve teamwork and create a positive, high-performing culture. . But that is the problem…. . Much like the old marketing adage, 50% of what you spend will be wasted… You just don’t usually know which part of your budget is going to have REAL IMPACT. . Until now. .

How Do You Create Buy-In and Get People To Go All-In On ANY Team?

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One of the great challenges of teammates who care or team leaders who are struggling to inspire commitment is the question. It is a question I hear dozens of times from people at speaking events and conferences… It is a questions that I am sure YOU have asked yourself if you have EVER been on a team before… And the question is: “ How Do You Create Buy-In and Get People To Go All-In? ”.

How Can I More Effectively Manage a Remote Team?

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One of the growing concerns for people who manage and lead project teams in any industry is the issue of remote workers. It has become an increasingly important topic of conversation when people contact me about speaking to their organization or delivering a team building event as part of a retreat day they are planning… Why? Because they recognize that their people NEED CONNECTION to work more effectively.

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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

If an Onboarding Plan is NOT Your Greatest Challenge with New Teammates, What Is?

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As a team leader or member, one of the greatest challenges you have is welcoming a new teammate and “showing them the ropes.”. But onboarding is NOT the most important part of bringing in someone new. As a teacher and coach, I used to tell my students and athletes that it was less important how you start than what you do each day to ensure a strong finish. And now, as a teamwork speaker , I share a similar message with audiences at conferences.

TWO Powerful Questions to Use Instead of Asking “What’s Wrong?”

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When somebody asks you “what’s wrong?” it automatically invites you to deliver a list of complaints or to explain why you are not okay in that moment…. Great teammates and leaders know that the quality of our life, and our leadership, is determined by the quality of the questions we ask! . So what can we share with someone we are concerned about INSTEAD of the dangerously negative and commonplace “ what’s wrong ?”. Well I’m glad you asked… because the problem is a significant one.

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Are Team Building Events Effective?

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You may have wondered, or even asked friends or co-workers “Hey, are teambuilding events effective?”. But you would probably NOT ask those same people “Hey, is food good for you?” . That is because clearly food is essential if you want to stay healthy and productive… It may be surprising, but the questions are surprisingly similar – in that teambuilding is essential if you want your organization to be healthy and productive!

How do Short Team Building Ideas Deliver REAL Impact?

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As a leader, you are always looking for short team building ideas that will deliver impact and inspire your people to be better teammates. There are dozens of simple activities that you can use to accomplish this, but the main focus should NOT be the activities you use. Activities are simply tools – but tools have limitations! If you give me a scalpel, I am not going to automatically become a good surgeon!

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.