Honest reflection is powerful

January is a natural time to reflect on what we have accomplished, what we intend to accomplish, and how we might work to improve ourselves. One of my favorite articles on personal development is “My Life as a Knowledge Worker” by the late management educator and author Peter F. Drucker. The article appeared in Inc. Magazine in February [...]

HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS PART III: ONE MORE PUZZLE PIECE

In the first two parts in this series, we built upon the work done by a Google research team that identified two key elements present in high performing teams. 1.    Psychological safety—people felt safe to talk. 2.    Broad participation—all team members have equal opportunity to contribute to the group conversation. The third element of being a high-performing [...]

HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS PART I: CREATING SPACE WHERE EVERYONE FEELS SAFE

A group of researchers at Google completed an intensive two-year study of more than 180 teams looking for the key characteristics of their high-performing teams. The New York Times article on the study is worth your time. Two elements stood out: 1. Psychological safety—people felt safe to talk. 2. Broad participation—all team members have equal opportunity [...]

Four favorite ideas for being productive

Sometimes it’s the simple ideas that can most powerfully drive personal effectiveness. Here are four of my favorite ideas for being productive: Get started Bird-by-bird Three accomplishments each week One thing a day to maintain momentum Get started We all have places we are avoiding or where we are waiting. Leaving things undone for too [...]