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Is Your Central Goal to Make the Boat Run Faster?

Posted on 08/13/2018 by Jack Speer

How Team New Zealand Beat the Powerful “Stars and Stripes” What determines the fastest sailing boat? And how did New Zealand win?

Big Problem: Losing Signal Strength in Your Organization

Posted on 08/03/2018 by Jack Speer

You’ve been frustrated with poor communication strength. If you’ve taken a road trip in the United States lately you know how unpredictable cell phone service can be in this country. (Is cell phone reception as unpredictable in the country where you live?)

The Ultimate Succeed/Fail List for Your Project Team

Posted on 07/30/2018 by Jack Speer

Business project teams, like sports teams, are as likely to fail as succeed. How do you avoid this? Follow the suggestions we’re offering, and you’ll increase the odds of succeeding greatly.

Making the Workplace Work with Intergens

Posted on 07/16/2018 by Jack Speer

Intergenerational Teams—Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and iGens Making it Happen Together

Why Our Teams All Too Often Fail

Posted on 04/30/2018 by Jack Speer

Basketball is a player-to-player competition, but in business, as well as non-profits, team members must not compete against each other.

Defining Your Organizational Culture—Getting Beyond
 the Brick Wall to the Road Forward

Posted on 03/06/2016 by Carol Kallendorf

Culture is the complex combination of the invisible ways in which people interact and work together as groups. Understanding how your organization’s culture works is key.

Happily Ever After . . . Just for Fairy Tales?

Posted on 07/07/2015 by Jack Speer

Is living a happy life a realistic hope? It’s quite amazing that happiness is very controversial. A great many people believe that it’s frankly wrong to be happy, and it’s easy to make that argument.

Culture Change–the Most Difficult and Vital Change of All

Posted on 12/23/2014 by Jack Speer

When an organization’s best and brightest people have used every tactic and strategy to move an organization forward, only to hit the brick wall that they never imagined existed, that “invisible,” impenetrable brick wall is often an organizational culture that does not bend or accommodate the most powerful assault.  Professionals who put up a PowerPoint and announce everyone is going through a six-month culture change program are guilty of felony naivete and a basic lack of understanding of culture. Few organizations understand how to tap the[…]

Your Organization has Teams? Really? So You’re Like the NFL?!

Posted on 11/30/2014 by Carol Kallendorf

Before teams in companies rose to prominence in the early 90’s, there were departments – a group of people waiting for orders and authorizations from above. The switch to teams was based on a strategy of a fast-moving, quickly executing self-directed group of people able to achieve outcomes without slow-as-molasses hierarchy. Flash forward to today, and ask yourself – how many working groups in organizations are truly teams? If your organization’s teams were ranked nationally against your competitor’s teams, like in the National Football League, would your team be[…]

6 reasons teams are failing you and what to do about it

Posted on 10/20/2014 by Jack Speer

If you’re on a team, how effective is it and how happy are you? Do you enjoy your team members? Is your team achieving your objectives and teaching you new skills? Will the team you’re a member of support your path to a better future? Management and the workforce all agree: Teams should be more successful, create better job satisfaction, and achieve you and your organization’s objectives more effectively. So why are teams failing us? Here are a few reasons: People are getting lost in[…]



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