Why You Need an Oddball on Your Team

What does an outsider do for performance? Make it better. Bring an outsider into your next team meeting or group project. The person doesn’t have to hang around long — he doesn’t even have to be knowledgeable about your industry or the task at hand. The key is to find someone who possesses a different perspective or set of talents from that of your group. This diversity creates greater team synergy, which leads to creativity ...

What Woodshop Taught Me About Life

I am certainly no craftsman. But, I do know the cardinal rule of staining wood (thanks to high school woodshop) – go with the grain. A beautiful piece of wood can be ruined if the stain is forcefully applied against the natural flow of the wood. A simple 90 degree adjustment is the difference between success and failure: a showpiece of artistry or a scrapped piece of wood. Unfortunately, many individuals feel they must go against ...

Why You Need to Tell the Truth About a Doomed Project

I once came across a “Crap” ink stamp online and had to laugh. Truthfully, it would be a really good thing to have around. A lot of wasted time, energy, resources and money could be saved if people were willing to call a doomed project what it is…crap. It takes courage to halt a project in the middle, and even more so near the end. But part of being productive is recognizing when an effort ...

The Secret to How I Predict Performance

Have you ever wondered why the individual with the great résumé fell apart after she was hired? Why two employees get along well outside of the office, but always conflict inside the office? Or how someone consistently excelled in one position, yet failed after a promotion into another? Unfortunately, these scenarios are common to most organizations and aggressively thwart productivity, efficiency, and morale. But perhaps most troubling is that these situations also leave us scratching ...

The Solution to Your People Problems

Which is better? A hammer or a pick-up truck? It depends if you want to haul wood or drive nails. You can haul wood with a hammer. You can drive nails with a pick up. But, why would you?? A lot of poor performing teams already have the right tools…but those tools are misused and energy is put in the wrong places. Faced with a tough economy, or simply the day-to-day craziness, many business owners ...

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