How collaborative is your leadership team?

Put a group of smart, creative and committed leaders together and you don’t automatically get a high performing, collaborative leadership team. You’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, […]

Authority Article – Leading in Turbulent Times

Although it’s a cliché to say that today’s business landscape is marked by uncertainty and turbulence, it’s helpful to remember that leaders everywhere are facing similar leadership challenges. And these challenges call for strategies—and ways of being—that are both resilient and adaptive. In a recent interview with Yitzi Weiner at Authority Magazine as part of […]

Gaining Awareness of our Words

In recent posts, I’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 we’re doing with our words, our bodies and our attention. Let’s look at our words… We […]

How dissent helps your organization

If you talk to many leaders, they’ll tell you that dissenting views are welcomed and even encouraged in their organizations. Intellectually, they understand the value of dissent for improving thinking, learning and decision-making. But in practice, truly welcoming dissenting perspectives is pretty rare. Dissent is more often seen as uncollaborative, an obstacle to progress, and […]

When straight talk weakens your team’s performance

Most executives agree that honesty and straight talk are a good thing. Who wouldn’t want to hear what your colleagues really think and feel? I wouldn’t, for starters. To clarify, I think honesty is critical for performance. But I’ve also seen how it can inhibit good thinking and shut down engagement. I first learned this […]

Want to perform better? Expand your Awareness

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness whenever we lead our Full Contact workshops with leaders and their teams. As participants closely examine their own challenging conversations for the first time, they are 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥. They’re surprised to realize that they’re often 𝘯𝘰𝘵 doing what they thought they were doing in those conversations and […]

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness whenever we lead our Full Contact workshops with leaders and their teams. As participants closely examine their own challenging conversations for the first time, they are 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥. They’re surprised to realize that they’re often 𝘯𝘰𝘵 doing what they thought they were doing in those conversations and […]

Collaborating well is essential for success in any organization.

Collaborating well is essential for success in any organization. So when we encounter challenges to our collaborative performance, it’s tempting to blame those “uncollaborative” colleagues of ours. You know the ones: If only that domineering guy from Marketing would shut up and listen for a change, then we could actually make some progress. Or, if […]

The pitfalls of a smart executive team

Having the smartest people in the room sounds like a sure bet. How can you fail with all that intelligence and knowledge on your side? Pretty easily, it turns out. The list of major companies that have been routed or rendered irrelevant by smaller, more agile companies is long and well documented. Almost invariably these […]