Questions That Leaders Ask

Imagine spilling your milk (or any other unplanned event). Unpleasant, right?To move on, Response Leaders seek answers to two separate but complementary questions: Why (insight) and What (action). WHY did it happen? Seeks insight into the disruption but does little to actually clean up the milk.Why is backward facing – looks at cause, effect and origin. Why is historic and factual and may be buried […]

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Teaching Tip: Tactics or Strategies?

I recently facilitated an exercise for some folks who were enrolled in their organization’s leadership development program. The more strategic level work I do, the more I notice when there’s a disconnect between what’s delivered versus what the participant actually learns. Here’s some further context: The leadership program takes place over 2 years where they […]

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Why I don’t Instruct with PowerPoint … and what I use instead

Confession: I’ve abandoned the use of Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations. Mostly. Here’s the caveat … some of the courses I deliver are for government clients that require a government-approved curriculum, including a government-approved PowerPoint presentation full of government-approved acronyms. Ugh. The idea behind “Death by PowerPoint” is reasonable. For “John” on the East coast to […]

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When a leader gets pulled in too many directions …

We’ve all been taxed with choices and opportunities beyond our ability to tackle them all: Holiday party invites, an extra piece of birthday cake, etc. The easy answer is to decline by saying “I can’t.” However, study’s show that people that say “can’t” tend to revert back to the undesired behavior (like being overscheduled, overfed, […]

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4 “What” Questions that Improve Resilience

Quick.  Can you name a resilient organization? How about the local cleaner that trims its hours because nobody has answered their want ad?  No. How about the plumber that loses its approved vendor status because their jobs run late due to a rickety work truck in constant disrepair? Nope. How about the company that shuts […]

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Simplifying the Complex by “Sifting Folly”

TEAM Solutions Leadership and TEAM Building

“Sifting Folly” What a glorious phrase, eh? I was reading one of my favorite blogs ( and this phrase really got my attention. Partly for its eloquence but mostly for what it stands for. The topic was Albert Einstein and why he was so freaking smart. One reason, widely accepted, was his ability to quickly […]

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