Team-Building

3 keys to measure staff engagement

September 17, 2012
Engaging your employees enhances the bottom line. How do you measure engagement? Use a system that rates staffers on three behaviors:

Reach your core with a ‘no spin’ zone

September 7, 2012

As president of Usher’s New Look Foundation, Shawn H. Wilson puts a premium on openness and communication. To drive his team toward success, he asks that employees assume a “no-spin” attitude in talking about problems.

How soft skills can drive hard results

September 6, 2012
Appreciating team members is one of the soft skills that can drive the hard results you want.

What your team needs most is stability

August 31, 2012

Underlying the list of what needs to get done is the list of what your team needs to get things done. Satisfy those basic needs, build a culture of trust, and people will follow. To build a culture that satisfies basic needs, create a sense of stability.

Keeping the rudder straight ahead

July 27, 2012

You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can keep your hand on the rudder. First, make sure your vision is clear and that your people are following it.

Are your people being heard?

July 3, 2012

A Texas executive’s coach asked how employees would rate him as a listener. “I think they would say I’m a bad listener,” the exec replied, “but if you press them, they’ll say I always get their content.”

5 metrics to better team-building

January 16, 2012

Measuring output without measuring input is a little like telling a Little League team to score more runs, without explaining how to swing a bat better. That’s why James Slavet, of venture firm Greylock Partners (investors in Groupon and Facebook), believes great teams should measure five metrics:

At Wegmans, every employee counts

December 16, 2011
On-the-spot, creative problem-solving is something that Wegmans’ team members are known for. That’s because Weg­­mans gives its talented employees the power to meet customer needs using creativity and flair—and good judgment.

Does your team have the skill set?

November 28, 2011
Most employees have skills in creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and adaptability. They simply need more. “Brain work is more important than ever,” says Pat Galagan of the American Society for Training and Development.

Reaching that goal, one mile at a time

November 16, 2011

In 1911, two teams of adventurers were preparing to be the first in modern history to reach the South Pole. The ­leaders of each team were of a similar age and had comparable experience. But one team reached the destination. The other team failed. What made the difference?