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Full Contact Performance: The Internal Art of Organizational Collaboration is now available in e-book format

It’s called ๐…๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, and it’s about my approach to helping leaders transform their organization’s collaborative performance. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has written the Foreword, and the book has already received some incredible early endorsements. I wrote the book in response to clients’ questions over the years asking me if there was a book about […]

How collaborative is your leadership? Read this article in Training Industry, Inc.

On a continuum from โ€œmore authoritarianโ€ to โ€œmore collaborativeโ€ leadership, how would you describe your own daily leadership orientation? How about when youโ€™re feeling anxious, frustrated or impatient with how things are going? Under pressure, even leaders who are normally very collaborative often default towards the authoritarian side of things, even though they donโ€™t necessarily […]

I remember my first time: It was about 30 years ago…

… and I was facilitating a strategic planning process with the leaders of a struggling insurance company. Itโ€™s when I explicitly went โ€œmetaโ€ in a meeting (long before Facebook went Meta). We were evaluating a potential future scenario for the company when Chuck, the CFO, began blasting the exercise, his colleagues, and of course, the […]

Pablo Casals was considered by many to be the greatest cellist ever

Pablo Casals was considered by many to be the greatest cellist ever. Known to practice many hours a day right up until his death at the age of 96, he was often asked, Why, since he was already such an accomplished master? His response: โ€œBecause I think Iโ€™m making progress.โ€ In previous posts, we looked […]

How collaborative is your leadership team?

Put a group of smart, creative and committed leaders together and you donโ€™t automatically get a high performing, collaborative leadership team. Youโ€™ll often get something that looks more like a polite cage fight, with each player jockeying for position, working hard to avoid losing and maximize winning (winning = more authority, recognition, control, territory, headcount, […]

Harness Your Teamโ€™s Connectivity

The next time youโ€™re in a meeting, take a minute and look around you at the other folksโ€”and consider the possibility that you are all intimately connected to one another. Whether you know each other well or not, whether you like each other or notโ€”even whether you want to be connected to these people or […]

CollabTalk Podcast

Navigating the complexities of effective collaboration is a perennial challenge for everyone, not just executives. Yet, it’s a challenge that can be met, as I discussed in a conversation with Christian Buckley on his CollabTalk Podcast. This episode is filled with insights that have the potential to dramatically transform your approach to leading and interacting […]

Gaining Awareness of our Words

In recent posts, Iโ€™ve mentioned the importance of gaining awareness to improve our collaborative performance. In fact, awareness is Principle #1 in making Full Contact with our colleagues. When seeking to gain new awareness, we can look at what weโ€™re doing with our words, our bodies and our attention. Letโ€™s look at our words… We […]

Introduction to the Five Principles of Full Contact Performance

Full Contact Performance is about transforming our capacity for collaborating effectivelyโ€”even with those โ€œnon-collaborativeโ€ folks you may struggle to work with. It rests on five pillars: ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ, ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž, and ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. These principles invite us to dig deeper into ourselves, going beyond conventional approaches to teamwork. They help us expand our ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ of our own […]

Why I wrote FCP

You’re in the conference room with your executive team wrestling with a perplexing and costly problem. Despite the deep experience around the table, it feels more like a tug-of-war than a productive conversation. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It was meetings like this with my own leadership team years ago that led to […]