The “Yes, And…” Icebreaker

Reading Time: 1.5 mins Icebreaker Time:  6-10 mins ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It's 92 degrees with 90% humidity and there isn't even a fan in the room. Our teacher is twenty minutes late. A long-time student stands and turns to face … [Continue reading]

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One-Word Story, a Team-Building Icebreaker

This is just like the clap-pass icebreaker, but words replace a hand-clap.   It's just as fast and energizing, with one change:  It can be harder to let go into the flow of the story. SET-UP The group can either sit or stand in a circle.  Tell … [Continue reading]

CG #66 – “Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skillful Sailors.”

Do you ever feel like the universe is sending you a postcard?  When I came home last night, the title of this post was scrawled in chalk on the ramp to my dock. ________________________ Reading Time:  Under 2 … [Continue reading]

CG #65 – To Lead or Include, that is the Question

Getting a task done well and on time no matter who I trample, or losing my way in the messiness of including others:  Is it just me, or is this the primary dilemma of leaders everywhere? ______________________ Reading Time:  2.5 … [Continue reading]

CG #63 – Why Not Declare Peace?

CG #63 –Why Not Declare Peace? We polarize over our differences and turn what is merely strenuous into something stressful and exhausting. What if there was a better way? Reading Time: About 2 minutes The internet exposes our tendency to go to … [Continue reading]

CG #62 – Don’t Let Fear Stop You

If a bank regulator for the Federal Reserve can't ask uncomfortable questions without losing her job, what hope is there for the rest of us? "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes … [Continue reading]

CG #61 – Culture is what you do right here, right now

“That’s just the culture here. We can’t get anything done quickly.”  Organizational culture has gotten a reputation for being difficult to unravel and nearly impossible to change. Is your organization’s culture really a trap you can’t escape?  That's … [Continue reading]

Behavioral Interview Questions for “Soft” Skills

I love writing interview questions for my clients, so I thought I'd start compiling the ones I've written here with this short list.  The "soft" skills questions seem hardest for people to write.  It would be great fun for me to write more, so feel … [Continue reading]

CG #60 – How to Hold Someone Accountable

It’s tempting to think accountability depends on the other person and their skills.  Nope.  It depends on you. Reading Time:  3 minutes *     *     *     *     * THE SITUATION Let’s say you’ve got someone who is missing deadlines or turning … [Continue reading]

CG #59 – Does Your Productive Group Fall Apart at Times?

Groups excel at tasks, and flounder with projects.  Learning to recognize the difference will revolutionize your meetings. *     *     *     *     * Reading time: 2 minutes *     *     *     *     * A task is something that can be … [Continue reading]