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What makes dream teams July 13, 2006

Posted by Joey Valdez in Ideas!.
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teamvitruvian.jpgWhat are the essential “ABCs” of teams?. At their very core, members of effective teams believe in one another (B), communicate well (C) and are detail-oriented (D), moving ahead with agile (A) and enthusiastic (E) feet. Honesty (H), innovativeness (I), fearlessness (F), and joking around (J) in the face of change are elements that extend these core behaviors. Goal-orientedness (G) falls squarely on the shoulders of leaders—even a well-oiled change team needs to have purpose and direction.

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All you need to know July 1, 2006

Posted by Joey Valdez in Ideas!.
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yoda.jpgThe poster “Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned From Star Wars” was inspired by the many “All I Need to Know About Life, I Learned From (insert experience or character here – i.e., Kindergarten, the Easter Bunny, Noah’s Ark, etc.)” pieces that people seem to enjoy. This could be an excellent brainstorming technique: “All I Need to Know About (something – say, quality improvement, leadership, happiness, etc.), I Learned From (something familiar or extraordinary – like sports, cooking, Harley motorbikes, Da Vinci, Apollo 13, etc.). It’s easier for people to generate and communicate ideas this way because one delves into common personal experiences, which is what makes it both exciting and effective.