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Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

common_problem_on_virtual_teamsVirtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve.

A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues.

Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study.

Key Takeaways:

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Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

Remarkable_Learning_TeleseminarsYou don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team.

As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.”

This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors.

Whether your team has been together for a while and needs an energizing kick-start, or it’s a brand-new dynamic and your team just can’t get that positive momentum you need – THIS teleseminar is for you.

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UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

team_lesson_in_patienceThe 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics.

The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft.

And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience.

The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions after the 2012 season, and was unable to participate in the 2013 tournament.

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28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

DANGER_CHANGE_AHEAD_SIGNChange is a continuous and ongoing process.

For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage.

This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.


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Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

bad_weather_pipeline_alaskaHave you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort?

Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline…

Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968.

After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction.

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To Improve Your Team, Develop the HERO Inside You!


Before you can lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself…

That’s how you develop into a HERO.

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Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

BASKETBALL_AND_PAD_ON_COURTWhen I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim. 

As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong.

Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score.

Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website.

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Team Building Podcast With Smarter Team Training

stt_logoI am both honored and excited to have been a recent guest contributor to the Smart Team Training Podcast with Coach Robert Taylor.

His Smarter Team Training Website offers information and resources for coaches that focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education.

The podcast episode runs about 30 minutes, and in it you will hear me speak about a number of topics that can help your team - including why you should "CLAP" for mistakes, how to develop toughness, the three things that build team trust, and much more...

I enjoyed the chance to share what I expect will be helpful responses and ideas for you and your team, and encourage you to take the time to download the podcast.

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    Nice post. thanks for posting useful information.
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    Thanks for your post. I visit the Smart Team Training Podcast website which has a lot more videos and they provide you training ma...

Life's Most Important Assignment?

most_important_assignment_in_lifeThis is one of my favorite stories.

As a teacher (or in any field) life's most important assignment is not just to follow our rigid job description or to simply check items off of our daily to-do list...

One day a teacher decided to do something different.

She wanted her class to complete an assignment that they would all remember.

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5 Reasons to Subscribe to Sean’s Teambuilding Newsletter

newsletter_signup_picEveryone is part of a team.

Whether you are in a family, attend a church, work in an office environment, are part of a project group, or participate in athletics, you are likely always looking for ideas and tips on how your team can become more productive.

Sean’s Great Results Teambuilding Newsletter is a FREE monthly report delivered straight to your inbox full of fun and useful content. As a leader or as a teammate, you will benefit from the tips and resources that it provides.

But just in case you were curious about why you should sign up and subscribe to receive one more email – here are FIVE reasons that Sean’s Team Building Newsletter will be worthwhile and relevant reading material for you and your organization:

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    Very nicely described why it's important to subscribe Sean's team building!! I'm so eager to make a good and hard working effectiv...

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Dismiss a Team Member


The decision to dismiss a team member is never an easy one, and should never be a decision that is made in a tantrum of momentary emotion.

Whether you coach a team of athletes, lead a team of teachers, or manage a team of salesmen or corporate executives, you will at times find yourself having to wrestle with issues of negative or destructive behavior.

Before you dismiss a team member, though, there are 10 questions that I would encourage you to ask yourself. 

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How to Sell a Team Building Event to Your Management

Sell_a_Teambuilding_Event_to_ManagementAre you searching for ideas to help you sell the benefits of a teambuilding event to your management?

If you are in an organization where your management has not prioritized the need to build a cohesive culture, how do you go about convincing him/her or any decision maker of the beneficial impact that a team building event will have on team productivity?

Well, I’m glad you asked…

If you want your management to consent to scheduling a fun and impactful team building event, there is a simple step-by-step plan that you can follow to get the great results you desire.

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Why Positive Conflict is Productive Communication

positive_conflictPositive conflict is often necessary for teams to grow and achieve “high performing” status, and it can be very productive communication.

Sometimes I work with teams that clearly have issues they need to address. There may be one loud “sandpaper person” or a small clique that seems to have earned the frustration of others - but the dysfunction is obvious.

More often, though, I work with groups that seem to get along well, but are only avoiding conflict because they continue to tiptoe around each other.

Your team will almost surely benefit from more positive conflict - it may be uncomfortable, but silence is almost always far more dangerous!

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    Hi, I enjoyed your blog thoroughly and part of Jambar Teambuilding, I understand how positive conflict is effective. May I also kn...

Four Important Toasts to Improve Your Team’s FATE in the New Year


The approach of a new year is a tremendous time for reflection. 

It is a time to remind ourselves of what is important and celebrate our past as we look ahead to future challenges and opportunities.

I am a huge fan of this quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

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    Thanks for the interesting blog means it will really help in building trust between team members . I really like this post . Keep ...

Use Whiteboard Comments to Improve Team Focus and Feelings

team_whiteboard_commentsDo some of the people on your team need an encouraging word?

Do your people need reminders of their role and why they are valued members of the team?

As a leader, you should always be searching for creative and fun ideas that emphasize two key ingredients to your team success – focus and feelings.

First, help people focus on what they can contribute to help your team accomplish its goal.

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    That is a great idea. It is a group activity that gets everybody fired up, but also the picture can be used for later on if a team...

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