RIP: Retired in Position

Lead Change Blog

“Retired in position” refers to an unengaged employee, a term which I first heard used by Ken Blanchard. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are sleepwalking through their day or retired in position. It is quite the conundrum to challenge an employee in a position where there are no longer challenging opportunities. Do they want to lead a bigger team? Don’t wait until after the expiration date to realize you are retired in position.

Developing a Positive Culture

Lead Change Blog

Last month we had the opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Marcella Bremer to talk about her work in developing a positive culture in the workplace, her new book, Developing a Positive Culture , and the Positive Culture Academy (classes start April 2nd). How long have you been focusing on a positive culture in the workplace? I’ve been working with culture for more than 20 years, but the focus on a positive culture dates from the last 5 years or so.


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The Quick Path from Negative to Positive Emotion for Leaders and Teams

Leadership Freak

Our granddaughter and her friends feel sad and stressed these days. Who could blame them? She’s sixteen. Dahlia happily told us about her new job while we ate lunch. She waits tables at… Continue reading → Leading

How to Reduce Stress and Delegate Leadership on Your Team

Great Results Team Building

With the turnover that so many teams have experienced, new hires are more common – but the challenge of learning to delegate often exists in established workplace cultures. The issue is with leadership understanding that THEY are often the lid on the team’s growth.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Fostering Team Emotional Intelligence


The emotion of the team is a sum-total of emotions and feelings that members of the team experience. Left unnoticed, unexpressed, and unattended, these emotions can grow toxic to harm relationships or grossly undermine team’s potential. What Makes a Team Great.

Join Me at ATD22 to Learn How to Foster Positive Emotions in the Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

Are they holding back your team’s performance? Join me to learn how to cultivate a work culture with attitudes, language, and behaviors that boost positive emotions and spur higher levels of performance. Negative emotions in the workplace have been rising for years.

5 Powerful Team Leadership Lessons From Musicians

Great Results Team Building

Some of the biggest influencers in the world are musicians, and they can teach us a multitude of ways to guide our own career and leader positions. She used that vision to help drive her decision-making and even shared it with her team to keep herself accountable.

Positive Change: Yesterday Is Interesting But Irrelevant

General Leadership

It encompasses a mentality of limitless positive change and endless possibility. Millions of dollars are spent every year on change coaches and efficiency experts to aid mega-dollar companies in becoming more efficient when the reality is each of your employees is the most capable avenue available of positive change. What they need is clear guidance on positive change, direction to question everything and the empowerment to affect the inefficiencies discovered.

9 Things Positive Leaders Do

Leading Blog

The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. Positive leadership is grounded in reality. It is because we will have to overcome negativity, adversity and problems that we should be positive. Positive leadership is not about fake positivity. Positive leaders focus on solutions. Positivity doesn’t guarantee you will succeed, but it makes it much more likely.

Creating and Leading High Performing Teams

Lead Change Blog

A team is a small number of people who are committed to working together to achieve the desired goal. Teams, like personal relationships, go through stages. Teams don’t become great performers overnight. What’s the ideal number of team members? But of course, the nature of the problem or opportunity influences the size of the team. Top teams have three things. An Effective Team Leader. The best team leaders have these skills.

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Now Is a Critical Time to Create an Upward Spiral of Positivity

Michael Lee Stallard

At work, how would you characterize the emotional state of your team? A strong current of positive emotions can create an increasing sense of enthusiasm, energy, and momentum, propelling you forward and fueling positive results. Positive emotions “broaden and build”.

3 Things Principals Need to Lead and Inspire a More Positive Staff

Great Results Team Building

So if you want your staff to be more positive and to have a more constructive impact on their students, you need to first be more positive yourself. So you must first be intentional about creating a positive personal mindset.

The Secret to Team Building in Atlanta

Great Results Team Building

Every team is unique and made up of individuals from different backgrounds and experiences. These are the strengths of the team. Individual members of the team can benefit from the other members to become a unified group. Is it easy to build a great team?

False Positives

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by David Small : I’ve been coaching elite athletes and soldiers for the more than a decade now, and recently I learned a lesson about false positives. I’d like to give you four tips to serve your team with honesty, even when it’s uncomfortable. How often do we have members of our team that we say “good job” too, even though we know they could be doing better? Here are four tips to build up your team without giving them false positives.

Be a Positive Force

Lead Change Blog

I suggest that each of us needs to add one more resolution to our list – to be a positive force in our home, community, and workplace. First off, why be a “positive force”? Why invest time in your positive well being? Tom Rath and Jim Harter, The Economics of Wellbeing , Gallup Press, 2010 and Shawn Achor, Positive Intelligence , Harvard Business Review, January-February 2012). Lisa Zigarmi and Chris Edmonds, Positivity at Work , ThinkAha, 2012).

Practical Advice for Positional Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Anyone can lead and we believe the world is a better place when people lead from who they are rather than from performance or positional authority. But even more, when you reach a position of authority and responsibility, your actions and behavior have a greater impact on both your success and that of everyone involved. Your success or failure impacts people differently than it does once you cross over, if you will, into positional authority.

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How Negative Thinking Creates Positive Solutions

Leadership Freak

Shooting down ideas is sport to corporate teams. What happens when new ideas come before teams? People explain why they won’t work! Don’t you hate people who explain why something won’t work?

Teams That Work

Leading Blog

N OT every problem can be solved with a team. But when a team is called for, it is important to get it right. Teams That Work by Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas is a comprehensive look at teams and the drivers of their effectiveness—long term.

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Which of These 3 Levels of Team Buy-in Behaviors Define Your Workplace Culture?

Great Results Team Building

Because you will need to inspire your team buy-in to get the behaviors that will move the meter on the change you want to make. Compliance is the next level of team buy-in, but it is really not far above complacency. Commitment is the place where you want to get everyone on your team.

You Matter – Regardless of Your Position

Lead Change Blog

Are all readers leaders – who naturally assume that they matter to their teams? Are the 32% happily-engaged-people working on your team? The magic is that you can give it to them, regardless of your formal position or role. The minute you understand that You Matter you can start making a positive difference to others. By supporting their chosen actions – so they feel they belong to the (your) team. Do you think that you matter at work?

Four Skills That Revolutionize Team Communication

Lead Change Blog

In my last two articles, I’ve explored the concept of a team’s Conversational Capacity ®. Teams that have a high conversational capacity know how to stay in the “ sweet spot.” The challenge, of course, is getting and keeping your team’s conversations in the sweet spot. The fight reaction shows itself in team communication when people engage in “win” behavior. The flight reaction is manifested when team members “minimize” their contributions.

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How to Overcome Proximity Bias for a Better Hybrid Team

Let's Grow Leaders

Avoid the Unconscious Proximity Bias Frustrating Your Hybrid Team. The New Challenge for Hybrid Teams. Without a proactive approach to managing proximity bias, inertia wins, and your out-of-arms-distance team members can feel (and be) excluded.

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The Secret to Reduce Turnover in the Great Resignation is Recruiting the Team That You Have

Great Results Team Building

The expectations placed on those same athletes of classes… and workouts… and getting tough feedback while being coached… often comes without the spotlight and applause that they received when they first joined the team. And it is the same for your team members.


Great Results Team Building

The quality of your communication determines how successful your team will be. That is why we meet – whether remotely or in-person, whether daily or weekly, every team needs to share and discuss ideas that will move people forward together.

Plus Size Positivity

Dave Bratcher

Is it any accident the positive post on all batteries is marked with a (+)? This is the reason a positive attitude is something which adds value, while a negative attitude takes away. I’m sure each of you have spent your fair share of time with someone who could not say something positive, even if you paid them. Positivity is a choice, not a requirement. What I am suggesting, is if we can’t see the positives first, maybe we should keep our heads buried.

Discover The Positives Of Negative Leadership

Joseph Lalonde

These negatives leaders don’t care for their teams. They kill the spirits of their teams. Just because there’s negative leadership doesn’t mean there’s not a positive in there somewhere. Now that I’ve opened your eyes to companies that have used negative space positively, I want to encourage you to find the positive in the negative leadership you may face. They’ll also look for the positive in the bad.

Positive Discontent: How to Intervene Before Things Fall Apart

Leadership Freak

While he was on vacation, one manager’s team lost momentum. I gave him two phrases for reflection, protecting gains and positive discontent. We discussed how to intervene before things fall apart. Protecting gains… Continue reading → Courage Goals Leading Managing Success Taking others higher forward momentum Growth leadership success momentum

Remarkable TV: Creating a Positive Outlook for Your Team

Kevin Eikenberry

The positivity of your team starts with you. And when we create this positive environment, we see increased productivity, engagement and success. Watch today’s episode below for tips to help create a positive outlook for your team. The post Remarkable TV: Creating a Positive Outlook for Your Team appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. SMILE!

Team Meeting Checklist

Mike Cardus

How to Have an Effective Project Team Meeting. Following good meeting management procedures can have a highly positive effect on your project: People will be more willing to attend meetings that run smoothly. The post Team Meeting Checklist appeared first on

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The Only 3 Options to Cure a Toxic Team Culture

Great Results Team Building

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. For the first four days of her employment, she out-performed everyone on her team.

3 metrics of team performance

Mike Cardus

Team Effectivness Video Transcript. Today sharing with you three ways to determine and evaluate your team’s effectiveness. Suppose you’re a new team leader or an experienced team leader. We cannot call that team effective. Tune-up your team.


Great Results Team Building

But as a leader, your job is to control what you can, and to anticipate challenges so you and your team can overcome them together. The job of a team leader is to…. It is your job to PAVE the way to tam success by anticipating what your team will need.

3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead. I realized that any hard-charging leader can create success in the short term, but it would take a positive leader with a people and process-driven approach to build a successful organization for the long term. The people rebel, and they disengage from their jobs and the mission of the team. Positive Leadership

5 Questions to Positive Energy

Leadership Freak

Focus on energy: In as little as five minutes, you can energize a team member. Organizational energy is leadership’s responsibility. Negative energy is the result of neglect or ignorance. Successful leaders energize others. But,… Continue reading → Coaching Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership success organizational success

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Begin Meetings on a Positive Note

Michael Lee Stallard

#81 Begin Meetings on a Positive Note. Research has found that groups generate more potential solutions when meetings begin with positive comments. Be the person who starts the meeting out with a positive comment. The post Begin Meetings on a Positive Note appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard. This is the eighty-first post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others.

Dealing with Difficult Team Members

Lead Change Blog

And then there’s that team member who always needs to analyze everything to death before finally getting into action. Your pitfall arises when you exaggerate your good quality; and your team members experience your pitfall as impatience, not thoroughly thought through (a little impulsive, even). The opposite of your pitfall in a positive sense is your challenge, patience and precision in this example. The Team Member’s Perspective.

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How to Help Your Team Say No at Work

Let's Grow Leaders

Help your team say no at work so they can say yes to the work that matters most. You can help your team develop their ability to say no at work by modeling the behavior, teaching them how to say no, and supporting them when they do. Three Ways to Help Your Team Say No.

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9 Tips for Creating a Positive Change in Your Culture

Lead Change Blog

In whatever situation you may find yourself, particularly if you are a leader or manager, you can have a positive impact on the people in your work group or team. If you are positive, energetic, and enthusiastic, then they will also adopt your demeanor. Help people to see the positive in the situation. You can take the initiative to be a positive influence in helping yourself and others to be successful.

Grow Your Position In Three Small Steps.

Rich Gee Group

When I work with teams, I have them perform a lot of teamwork, but I also refocus them on a series of simple exercises to help them grow their position. What’s one thing can I do to grow me as an individual who can offer more, perform better, and make more-informed positions? What’s one thing can I do to help my team, the department, or organization? The post Grow Your Position In Three Small Steps. Sometimes we feel trapped at work.

Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done

RapidStart Leadership

“Can Team Leadership really be boiled down into four steps?” What should we be … Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done Read More ». The post Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Building Teams and Culture Problem Solving and Decision Making delegation leadership management positive reinforcement problem solving recognition span of control team culture team leadership time management

17 Quotes on Virtual Teamwork and Remote Teams to Inspire You

Great Results Team Building

Working on remote teams and trying to successfully navigate the challenges of remote teamwork can sometimes be frustrating. QUOTES FOR REMOTE TEAMS: 1. “In The post 17 Quotes on Virtual Teamwork and Remote Teams to Inspire You appeared first on Great Results Teambuilding.

Remote Positivity: Emulating Optimism for Your Work-From-Home Employees

Strategy Driven

It starts with a company leader addressing these issues and taking the initiative to create a realm of positivity for his or her working community. However, this doesn’t mean that the foundational aspects of a positive work environment need to lessen.