This week is a little bittersweet for us. For the past two years, we have gotten to work with a fabulous group of high potentials from a large, national construction company on their leadership development. This week marks their graduation from an intensive 2-year program. We are proud of them and of their growth as leaders. So, we want to recognize them here and let you in on the work they have done. Hopefully it will trigger your own thinking about personal development goals for.....Read More
My first deployment in Iraq is a great example. We got deployed and up to that point most of the deployments had been at or around six months, but nobody told you when you went over “It’s gonna be six months.” It was actually indefinite. So as time went by when you are away from your family, it does begin to stress you out. The way I knew that it was getting stressful was when my men would start to question me…”Look when are we going back? I’m sick of not knowing.” It is a tough environment..Read More
Although it is true that people with similar thinking preferences tend to get along well and enjoy working together, homogeneity in thinking preferences on teams can actually limit team effectiveness in terms of creativity and problem solving.
What Are Thinking Preferences?
The concept of thinking preferences stems from the left brain/right brain dominance theory that each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People tend to naturally prefer one type of ...Read More
During a weekly team meeting at Company Zed, LaTonya, an employee who has worked for the company for nine months, questioned one of the company’s normal operating processes. She offered an idea that she believed would meet the same goal while saving the company time and money. After discussing and researching the idea, Company Zed was able to implement the new process, which resulted in a savings of both time and money. Meanwhile, at Company Alpha’s team meeting, a long-term employee had...Read More
Many of my clients and friends have heard me talk about “gamechangers.” I most often refer to them when someone shares an issue with me about which they are quite stressed. I ask them to consider, “Is this a gamechanger?” I use it as a coping tool, really. Asking the person to consider whether the stressor is a gamechanger leads to a shift in perspective from a narrow focus of the immediate crisis to a bigger picture, long-term perspective. Most often, the person can....Read More