Team Development

Some of you will recall the conversation I had with the manager of an Old Navy Store. She had developed a list of more than 50 tasks that she could assign to her employees to make sure they were always occupied with something to do. I told her that she was simply enabling them rather […]

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Life’s truly important questions have no clear-cut answers. When decisions really count, the best solution depends on many factors, each having its own risks and rewards. This phenomenon seems to run counter to society’s desire to know the right answer to everything. Much of this has been fostered by the introduction of menu choices into […]

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I have become convinced that the escape button is both the blessing and the curse of today’s world. On one hand, it provides us with the option to undo the everyday mistakes we make as we navigate through life. I can think back to a time, for instance, when writing all the words I do […]

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A while back, I worked with the staff of a university recreation center. During the session, I asked them to tell me stories of generational differences they observe on the job. One person yelled out, “Our work study students leave us notes about what needs to be done rather than doing it themselves!” I asked […]

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Just because you are called a “team” doesn’t mean you work like one. Individuals brought together to accomplish a goal, does not necessarily a team make. Teams can be a departmental work group, or a true independent functioning team. Regardless of structure, for a team to work well together, they need clearly defined roles, responsibilities […]

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TCA Coaches Donna Riechmann, PhD and Geoff Grenert, MBA have been recording their conversations about teams, team building and team development for the benefit of our readers.  Here’s the latest of their dialogues. Today’s topic is team chemistry – what makes a team click? Geoff: What makes a team “click,” when the team is achieving […]

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Two TCA Executive Coaches, Geoff Grenert, MBA and Donna Riechmann, PhD captured a recent conversation they had about starting up new teams. Here’s what they had to say: Donna:  If you were giving advice to a new team leader, what would you tell the person to be sure to do to get off to a […]

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