6 Turnaround Tactics for a Failing Team

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Team failures, which sit at about 60%, demoralize employees, reduce productivity, cost companies billions of dollars, and inhibit innovation. If you are the leader, besides the personal frustrations and disappointment a failing team causes, it is also a potential career buster.

Here are other roadblocks to get out in the open. Team failure is exacerbated by three inter-related reasons:

  • Only 13%of employees are engaged, based on employee engagement studies. In other words, they don’t like what’s happening at work and aren’t really ‘plugged in’ or giving it their best.
  • Over 50%of managers fail according to leadership derailment studies. Besides a lack of people skills, a key reason for the failure is the inability to lead teams.
  • Only 21%of employees have attended a company sponsored training program in the last five years. Companies don’t prepare employees to work well as a team.

The stakes are big, whether you move the needle or you don’t. When you achieve a breakthrough with a difficult team you become invaluable to your company. You become […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Good Leaders Don’t Mess with Generational Differences

Generational Differences

The best leaders don’t care that much for generational differences. I have found that factors such as age, or sex, or background, or religion are relatively oblivious to them. While at the same time they take a keen and sensitive approach to each employee’s potential, needs and aspirations.

New research shows that millennial’s  want variety, choice, access and transparency in the workplace. Coincidentally traditionalists, generation Xers and baby boomers want about the same things. Also, research demonstrates that the differences of Generation Y have been exaggerated. Good leaders aren’t that concerned with these matters anyway. Good leaders deal with each person as an individual not as a grouping or category or mindset. For example, just because a person is older doesn’t mean he wants to retire or can’t be creative. Likewise, just because someone is younger and inexperienced doesn’t mean she isn’t capable of supervising others or making quality decisions. Good leaders give everyone an opportunity to contribute fully and to do what they do well and to […]

By |December 9th, 2014|0 Comments

10 Keys to Employee Engagement

Only 13% of employees are engaged worldwide according to studies. This is a disaster. The result creates lower sales, productivity, customer service and morale. This costs companies billions of lost revenue and profit. Managers careers are cut short as a result. It doesn’t have to happen to you.

This leadership training video shows you how to change all of that. You will learn 10 proven and practical ways to not only engage employees but to inspire them. For example, at a recent meeting with 25 managers I found that none of them had written plans for their teams. This means little communication about goals or expectations, minimal involvement or buy-in about how to achieve departmental goals and no creativity to accelerate results. In other words, it was “same old, same old” every day. Talk about a boring environment.

Leadership derailment studies show that at least 50% of managers fail primarily because of a lack of planning, the lack of teamwork and poor people skills. Watch this leadership video clip and take notes. Learn to do each of […]

By |December 8th, 2014|0 Comments

17 Memorable Quotes About Gratitude


Gratitude means the quality of being thankful, and the readiness to show appreciation for or to return kindness. In our drive for success, many times we neglect what’s most important and who is most important. We focus more on the “what” and forget about the “how”.  As one forward thinking CEO told me recently, “The how matters.”

In business it’s about the numbers, facts, figures, data, metrics, business intelligence, profits and results. People and our relationships become an after thought. I hope these quotes rekindle your gratitude for those close to you at work and home, and for your blessings you enjoy in life.

  1. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
  2. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” W. Clement Stone
  3. “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Seneca
  4. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, […]
By |November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

13 Troubles of Terrible Teams and the Antidote


While there is no “I” in team, it is really not true. Teams fail every day because of selfish and uncooperative people. It happens in the board room, on the manufacturing floor, during engineering projects or IT initiatives, and in the sales arena. Research shows that 60% or more of teams fail. Too many teams are in terrible shape. If you are the leader of one of these troubled teams you are in peril; the odds aren’t good for your success.

Research shows that teams do less well-not better-than the total potential of the individual members of the team. Companies are wasting a tremendous amount of money and time by allowing this to happen. Here are the thirteen troubles.

What are Your Concerns?

  1. Lethargic leadership-Most managers lack the people skills and facilitation skills to create notable teamwork. In fact, too many managers are masquerading as leaders while clamoring up the corporate ladder to really care about learning how to do it. In addition, few teams ever consider shared leadership.
  2. Tacky team […]
By |November 11th, 2014|0 Comments

How to Develop, Coach and Inspire People

Each of our leadership training videos give you specifics but also only a glimpse of the complexities of each leadership skill. It takes a detailed blueprint to build a skyscraper. An architect puts in serious study to learn how to do the plan and work with others to make it a reality.

In this leadership video clip I will share keys to understanding each person better so you know how to help him or her succeed. Your goal is to enhance self-motivation and self-direction. I just finished a coaching sessions with a VP and he said a key to his success is, “I learned how to lead each person based on what would inspire that person to get to the next level.”

Be a student of the game-keep learning. Over 50% of manages fail based on leadership derailment studies because they don’t have this mindset. Be different, succeed at inspiring people and advance your career.

By the way, do you want to elevate your coaching effectiveness and success? If so, check out this complimentary Coaching for Excellence. […]

By |November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

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Life has the habit of wearing us down. What do we do when faced with defeat? Rejection? Frustration? Setbacks? Illness? Or, critics? We all are confronted with these kinds of challenges in life. It’s part of the human condition. Most of us try positive thinking to get through it all. I have discovered that all of us are engulfed by insidious enemies more challenging than life’s ups and downs. We often ignore them and this leaves us defenseless in spite of our positive thinking.

Our Inner Voice

Scientists say the average human being has around 50,000 thoughts a day. Some suggest that 80% or more are negative. For example, have you ever had a great idea and thought, “If only I could sell it in Walmart or Target, I would make a million dollars”? Then you got busy and forgot the idea. Then a few months or a year later you saw your idea on the shelf at one of these stores! Someone else […]

By |October 26th, 2014|0 Comments

3 Characteristics of a Winning Attitude

What do you want out of life or your career? Advancement? Family security or happiness? Recognition? More money? Success is indeed a state of mind.  Winning is a state of being, and so is achieving a successful career, a habit that can be cultivated. This motivational video will show you how. Through our study of superstar performers (We have four books on how to be a superstar in leadership, customer service, sales and as an employee-see below) we found three key attitudes: a focus on possibilities, persistence in spite of life’s ups and downs, and the pride to do well.

An analogy is like a farmer does with his crops.  Certainly obstacles will arise; the farmer faces hazardous weather, insects, and market deviations.  However, the successful farmer is persistent day in and day out, month in and month out.  Winners take the same approach whatever the career or challenges. How Do Winners Succeed?

Winners go within.  What matters most is the attitude and actions taken day to day.  Winners imagine the best, not the worst.  They think […]

By |October 20th, 2014|0 Comments