Team-Building

LinkedIn CEO ready for ‘next play’

February 27, 2014
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, frequently borrows a phrase from legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who likes to say “next play” after every sequence on the basketball court. It’s a way to focus players on what they need to do to succeed.

Groups wield power at Whole Foods

February 20, 2014
For decades, management experts have praised Jack Welch as a model leader. The former CEO of General Electric was famous for firing the lowest-rated performers every year, causing employees to compete with each other to retain their jobs. John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, rejects that approach.

Funny or not, Lorne Michaels leads

February 11, 2014
For many leaders, motivation means pumping people up to achieve a big goal within a tight time frame. Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live,” and his team face a hard deadline every six days.

Lifting a team from worst to first

February 6, 2014
In just over a decade, the Tufts University men’s lacrosse team has gone from worst to first under head coach Mike Daly. Instead of focusing on wins, Daly urged players to take pride in mastering the details and always improving their craft.

Use leadership contract to gain trust

January 29, 2014

Vince Molinaro, a leadership consultant, finds that disengaged employees often don’t trust their leaders. To raise the trust level within an organization, follow these steps.

Open minds with paper plates, cups

January 24, 2014
Here’s an exercise to prime your team to think more boldly about solving problems.

Boost group effort by forming a scrum

January 23, 2014
Rugby teams try to harness the talent of each player at just the right time to clear a path downfield. Similarly, top business teams operate with speed, flexibility and autonomy.

Teamwork at its best

January 21, 2014
Running a global business with 1,500 employees means balancing steady leadership with an adaptable attitude that helps people withstand constant change. Irv Rothman has learned to maintain that balance in his successful career as CEO.

Self-audit: How good a leader are you?

December 12, 2013
Are you a good leader? Are you a good teammate? Would your teammates evaluate you the same way you evaluate yourself? Are you sure? To find out, take this self-audit.

Team-building tip: Let self-managing groups thrive

November 4, 2013
To develop a self-managing team, start by limiting your demands and requirements. Instead, pose open-ended questions so that the group can grapple with setting its own rules.