The Challenges of Working on a Team

I have found that second to managing people working on a team can be one of the most difficult parts of a job. We tend to be drawn to people who have similar work styles as we do and find working with people with different work styles very challenging. I have found...

Accountability is NOT a Four-Letter Word

I have learned from working on site with clients that the accountability I provide is critical to their success in the areas they have been working on with me. But I’m a consultant so I can’t stay forever (though many have asked me to just for this reason!) When I am...

Why is Giving Negative Feedback so Difficult?

I am sure the answer to that question is different for each of us. For me, I have found it connects primarily with my people pleasing nature. In a previous position, I remember needing to give negative feedback to someone directly under my supervision. It took me...

What to Do with Low Morale?

In my work with clients I have learned how to look for morale issues with an organization. With one organization my recognition of low morale came from observation of a staff meeting. The staff all sat only with members from their own department and the room felt...

Building Effective Teams

I recently read an article on building effective teams and it made me think about what advice I would give a client seeking to build an effective team. So here is my top 5: Define the purpose of the team. This is step one with anything you start. You need to ask...