Category Archive: Teams

Bill Campbell Teaches Google Execs How to Run Meetings

“You’re like a dictator dolling out tasks.” (Bill Campbell to Jonathan Rosenberg.) I was surprised when Jonathan Rosenberg said his coach, Bill Campbell, wasn’t focused on efficiency. He focused on relationship and community.… Continue reading

A 3 Step Conversation Starter for Dynamic Teams

75% of cross-functional teams are dysfunctional. (Tabrizi) (Any team that has members from different departments is cross-functional. If marketing and production are present, for example, your team is cross-functional.)   7 challenges of… Continue reading

Navigating Turbulence when Forming New Teams

You can’t predict the path forward when facing new challenges. But leading a new team, thanks to “Tuckman’s Stages,” has elements of predictability. Four stages – plus one: #1. Forming: Mission – What… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Should I Force the Foot-Dragger to Attend

Dear Dan, I’d like to start a new process with my team where we meet once a month to share projects, accomplishment, challenges, etc. The goal of the monthly meeting is to sustain… Continue reading

A Simple Strategy for Developing Humble Teams

Rigorous humility begins with ruthless honesty. You might not know if you’re humble, but you can certainly know if you’re practicing humility. Leaders practice humility in community, not isolation. From a leadership point… Continue reading

Five Ways to Lead a Happier Team

“Americans have never been the happiest bunch, Gerzema says. In the nine-year history of the happiness poll, the highest happiness index was 35% in 2008 and 2009. Close to 40% of Americans said… Continue reading