Setting Your Intent for Effective Collaboration

If you could go back in time to replay some of your most difficult interactions that didn’t go so well, you might notice that although you may have been behaving skillfully—making good eye contact, active listening, using respectful words, etc., your 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 in those interactions may have been unclear or conflicted.   That’s what Gabe, […]

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, […]

Collaboration is more about you than about the people you’re collaborating with

When I tell new teams that “collaboration is more about you than about the people you’re collaborating with,” I always get questions like: “If collaboration is all about working with other people, shouldn’t we be more focused on them than on ourselves?” Or, “Isn’t it selfish to focus on ourselves when we should really be […]

June 15, 2023

Four Signs it’s Time to Ban Your Meetings (and why that might not be necessary) Ever since Shopify began its ‘meeting ban’ experiment, the corporate world has been abuzz with the question: Should we ban our meetings or transform them? In my latest article with, I unpack this trending topic, discussing four essential reasons […]

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 […]

Harness Your Team’s Connectivity

The next time you’re in a meeting, take a minute and look around you at the other folks—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 not—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, 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 […]

Introduction to the Five Principles of Full Contact Performance

Full Contact Performance is about transforming our capacity for collaborating effectively—even with those “non-collaborative” folks you may struggle to work with. It rests on five pillars: 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, and 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. These principles invite us to dig deeper into ourselves, going beyond conventional approaches to teamwork. They help us expand our 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 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 […]