We collaborate with our bodies

Think about the last time you were having a tough leadership conversation and realized that you were holding your breath. Or clenching your jaw. Or felt your heart pounding in your chest. Maybe you noticed all three of these natural bodily reactions happening at once. That, of course, was your nervous system priming you for […]

Fast Company Article by Grayson James – October 20, 2023

3 Essential Types of Conversations Managers Should HaveWith Their People In this article in Fast Company, I describe each of these types of conversations and share some common pitfalls to watch for in each. Good leaders donโ€™t just know about these conversations. They know how to design and manage each conversation, and theyโ€™re agile enough […]

Collaboration isn’t just about getting alongโ€”it’s about performance.

Collaboration is about much more than simply getting along with your colleagues. It’s about creating value and performing well together. In the podcast “Connect, Collaborate, Champion!” published by New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), we explore what collaboration is really about–and how to actually do it better. In increasingly diverse workplaces, how do we collaborate […]

We all know what works in organizational collaboration…

Yet, even we know what works, why does great collaboration still elude us, especially when the stakes are high, or emotions run hot? There’s a subtle paradox at play that often gets overlooked: although collaboration is inherently about working with ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , the success of our collaboration hinges on how weโ€™re working with ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘ . In the […]

Show me your ego…

…and I’ll show you my recent interview with Gil Tinney on the “Being Human Hidden Depthsโ€ podcast. We often talk about the problem of ego, as if the egoโ€”whatever that may mean to each of usโ€”is the enemy of good collaboration or sound decisions: We say and hear things like, โ€œThe problem is that thereโ€™s […]

What if the secret to successful collaboration isn’t about winning?

In the new podcast episode of Collaboration Globalโ€™s “Being Human Hidden Depths”, Gill Tiney and I have a conversation in which I share my experiences in mediation and Aikido, and how these have informed the work I do with leaders and their teams. Both โ€œon the martial arts matโ€ and in the boardroom, we perform […]

Grayson James Consultants is now Full Contact Institute!

Iโ€™m excited to announce that weโ€™re changing our business name from Grayson James Consultants, LLC, to ๐…๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž, ๐‹๐‹๐‚. Our focus on transforming collaborative leadership performance for executives and their teams is stronger than ever, as is our capacity to deliver. We welcome three new team members who bring their world-class leadership development, coaching […]

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 […]

Setting Your Intent for Effective Collaboration

If you could go back in time to replay some of your most difficult interactions that didnโ€™t go so well, you might notice that although you may have been behaving skillfullyโ€”making good eye contact, active listening, using respectful words, etc., your ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง in those interactions may have been unclear or conflicted. ย  Thatโ€™s what Gabe, […]

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 […]