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 […]
By |November 11th, 2014|Comments Off on 13 Troubles of Terrible Teams and the Antidote

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|1 Comment


The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels.”says Eli Broad, the only person to found two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries. Research says that only one in three managers delegate well. In addition, only one in three of those are considered good at it by employees. I have seen far too many managers working long hours and are stressed out simply because they don’t want to or don’t know how to delegate. If this describes you, or you want to get better at it, read on. (Check out the leadership video on delegating as well)

The Demons

The first demon managers face with delegating is they fear the outcomes. They don’t trust the employee to do it right orthe way they want it done. Or they are worried that an employee might do it better than they will. Worse yet, the employee might fail and it will be a bad […]


How to Motivate People-Guaranteed!

If you’re trying to improve your employees’ motivation by throwing money at the issue, you could be making a costly mistake. What really motivates employees? It’s the #1 question I hear from managers. Frederick Herzberg answered that question with his research. He found six top drivers for personal motivation. Notice money isn’t on the list.

  • Recognition
  • The work itself
  • Responsibility
  • Advancement
  • Growth
  • Learning

A total quality survey found five job satisfiers that increases performance: interesting and challenging work, appreciation for work done, feeling of being “in” on things, job security and good pay. Renwick and Lawler’s research found money was number 12 in a list of 18 items that contributed to work effectiveness. Their research showed that employees want to feel good about themselves, accomplish something worthwhile, do their best, and learn new skills.

In above studies, which were conducted among managers and employees, the managers often thought money was the best motivation for employees. This misperception points out a problem in management practices today: It’s not that employees aren’t willing to excel or go the extra mile; it’s that […]

By |September 9th, 2014|Comments Off on How to Motivate People-Guaranteed!

How to GET Feedback When You Are the Leader


When you’re the manager, it can be down-right difficult to get candid critiques or compliments that aren’t coated with ulterior motives or filtered by fear. Your team doesn’t want to tell you something that might put them on your “bad side”, so they choose to tell you that which is more likely to land them on your “good side”.

Getting honest-to-goodness feedback from reports isn’t as easy as one might think. Yet, here’s the thing: it’s pivotal to a leader’s success and development. Not only that, it’s necessary for a team’s success and development. The better the manager becomes, the better the team becomes. Exceptional leaders live this out; they know that it’s their job to persistently and carefully request feedback.

Hearing the feedback

Most leaders wait to see if feedback comes their way; not only that, but typically, they hope it doesn’t. If it does, it forces them to take action or be accountable – in ways that they never really wanted. Controlling leaders don’t want it and […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Comments Off on How to GET Feedback When You Are the Leader

The Top 10 Reasons Employees Hate Their Boss

Do you want to succeed as a leader? Do you want to advance your management career? To you need or want to motivate your team to achieve better results? In this brief leadership video clip Rick will share:
+10 Reasons Employees Hate Their Boss
+7 Types of Bad Bosses
Use this overview of the mistakes that leaders make to improve your results. Be determined to be a student of the game and win in your job. It’s doable. It will take work. Check out our Superstar Leadership Blog and WCW publishing site for other resources you can use to accelerate your career. Remember these words, “if you want your team to be better, you have to be a better leader.”

Doug and Rick co-founders at WCW Partners have coached or trained over 300,000 managers worldwide. Those who excel are open minded, care about people, and they constantly work on their leadership development to improve results. They also provide many educational and training opportunities for their team. It’s been said, that only competitive advantage is how much smarter you are […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Comments Off on The Top 10 Reasons Employees Hate Their Boss

The Top Ten Things Employee Want From Their Leader

Leadership is a high-contact sport and hard work if you want your team to excel. However, management derailment studies predict a high failure rate for managers. Research also shows most employees aren’t buying into their leaders or companies, and are disengaged from their work. You don’t have to succumb to these negative results. If you pay attention to these ten things employees want in a job, you will have a real opportunity to create a team of inspired and highly engaged employees. That’s good news for your employees and for your career.

Clear Expectations and Goals

Give your employees a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and objectives. Do this one on one and with the team. Always remember, this isn’t a one-time event. Do it periodically through the year: monthly to quarterly. Conducting performance reviews only once a year doesn’t cut it today. Most performance problems come from a lack of clear expectations or goals and a lack of recognition.

Recognition and Praise

The better people feel about what they do, the more they want to do it […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Comments Off on The Top Ten Things Employee Want From Their Leader

Why Every Employee Should Become an Entrepreneur

I have come across tons of people who are tired of the way companies and their bosses have treated them. I say “Don’t put up with it!” It is time all employees-YOU- become entrepreneurs. The people I have talked are concerned about their career potential and are fed up with:

  • Being overlooked for a deserved promotion
  • Constant unending, seemingly mindless change
  • Little recognition
  • Personal abuse
  • Minimal pay increases
  • No bonus
  • Benefit cuts
  • Layoffs

Author Judith McQuown encourages everyone to Inc.Yourself, in her best selling book. Whether or not you start your own business, you are in business for yourself. All employees need to think that way, and have a sense of urgency about it. For example, while companies have been sitting on record cash, millions of the jobs lost in the great recession are gone forever. Too many companies treat employees poorly, and say one thing and do another. (See my earlier post, ‘7 Fairy Tales Companies Tell Employees’.) Today, your only security is YOUR competence, creativity, courage, and commitment. Jeremy Rifkin, author and advisor to world leaders on […]

By |June 25th, 2014|1 Comment