Conversation Starters that Enable Conflict Resolution

A plan:Conflict is inevitable. Establish rules of engagement before conflict erupts.Lack of preparation exacerbates conflict.A clear path forward makes stressful situations less stressful.7 conversation starts:Develop a conflict-resolution-plan WITH your team, not FOR your team.Participation increases ownership. When emotion is high, ownership lowers finger-pointing and keeps everyone engaged.#1. How do you…...

When to Just Shut Up and Do It

Just shut up and do it:Discomfort is the path to success, but not all discomfort is the same.Sometimes discomfort means STOP. You’re uncomfortable with fudging the numbers, for example. In ethical areas discomfort means stop.In the area of development, discomfort means press forward. The only way to increase capacity is…...

5 Leadership Styles – Which Best Suits You?

Leadership styles:Commanders:Take charge and tell people what to do.Fit well in hierarchical organizations.Work best when roles are highly defined.Thrive when their expertise meets crisis or pressing challenges.Collaborators:Seek input and suggestions.Try to satisfy all parties.Make many decisions by consensus.Work well when time allows for their process to work.Fit well when teams…...

Why Teams Fail

Why teams fail: #1. Failure to give authority.Teams that lack authority are impotent advisers.Any team that needs permission from higher ups to complete its mission is doomed to irrelevance.#2. Failure to deal constructively with frustration, disappointment, and conflict.Relationships always deteriorate until we learn how to navigate and resolve dark emotions.Destructive…...