List of Mishaps to Survive Climbing Everest and Collaboration Climbing

Everest – Avalanches– Falling Rocks– Whiteout– Severe Exhaustion/Dehydration– Lost Tents Collaboration– Pacing Change Correctly– Our own propensity to sabotage change, our direct reports’ resistance to change and senior management’s disruption of change– Reference points outside our organization and industry for continual improvement– Resolve– Commitment to collaboration systematized on paper; to work with it, improve it, […]

It Takes a Village to Get the ‘Pacing’ of Change Right

I’ve been working with a client recently who I’ve been playing tug-of-war with lately in regards to pacing their culture change to one of collaboration from command & control. I want to move as swiftly as possible to achieve the result the client wants and they want to move at a slower pace. Not to […]

What Does Mountaineering and Business Have in Common?

In mountaineering, team collaboration to accomplish your goal of reaching the summit is key. You can’t expend energy carrying or doing extra stuff and it’s the same in business. For example, a climber, whose role is to carry a book for the team will read the first few dozen pages of a book, rip them […]

Distinction – Relational Behavior vs. Operational Behavior

Rules of engagement for any group are important. It helps work get done. There is an important distinction to make to help rules of engagement work as you hope they will:Operational Rules of Engagement (head stuff – so you know what to do) Example – Decision Making – Owner of an issue checks with others (owners, […]

A Horse of a Different Color

Riding our talents and using them with skill is what we all strive to do. The irony is we’re told many times to rein-in our talents. In other words, pull-back on something we do really well. Doesn’t that sound wrong? In the journey of turning talents into strengths, you learn to gallop or run with […]

Freaky Fast Starts for Teams

While having lunch with a few colleagues, the topic of MBA programs came-up. The tradition nowadays is to break the class up into teams to simulate how many of the students will work once they graduate and join an organization. After year 1 was completed, the dean asked the students if they wanted to switch […]

If The Little Things Aren’t First, Nothing Matters

Everyone can do the big things – behave nicely in public towards ones family and friends, be at meetings on time and go to church on Sunday. What about the little things in-between such as behaving nicely when someone doesn’t do what they’d said they would do or when herding the family into the minivan […]

Sensibility in Creating Accountability

I’ve been working on an issue with a client that reminds me of the fact that if we want change, we have to change the way we measure performance and start measuring for that change which makes sense. What happens if a colleague is asked to change and the way we measure their performance doesn’t […]

Find Someone Who Can Help to Build Your Strengths

My wife does a good job helping me build my strengths. Everyone has a family member, friend or work colleague who can be an ‘accountability partner’ to help them build theirs. You know you have an opportunity to build on a strength when your accountability partner says something that rubs you the wrong way. For […]

4 Hot Buttons That Cause Most Team Issues

1. Competence – is called into question.2. Acceptance – you don’t accept me.3. Control – over reaction to someone trying to control you.4. Survival – you think you can only depend on you and you have to do everything yourself.