Fake Stories.

by blogadmin 11. May 2018 04:18

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition

Stories are wonderful things. They take us on journeys, allow us to imagine diverse cultures, and entertain us. They can create emotions of joy, thoughtfulness, or sometimes sadness. Stories have been used for centuries to convey truths being passed on from generation to generation.

However, there are stories that we create and believe every day without consciously being aware of them. Stories we create about other team members. For example, when someone fails to say good morning to us, we might create a story in our mind about how they have never liked us and are purposely snubbing us.

Or consider when someone makes a decision we disagree with and we create a story about them that assumes they are being uncaring or manipulative. These stories are powerful and begin to create a context for how we view that person and everything they do.

If we do not ask the person for clarification, we can end up making assumptions that are not true. This produces a lot of conflict within our teams. Instead, try asking yourself questions like, "I wonder why they chose to do it that way?" or " I wonder why they seem so quiet this morning?" Then ask the person for further input. You might be amazed to learn that your "story" or assumptions were "fake" all along!

Challenge:

-Starting this week, improve your personal relationship by asking questions first rather than making assumptions.

-Help your team improve their awareness in conflict situations. Watch this intro video on Everything DiSC Productive Conflict Assessment. Contact me if this tool might be for your organization.

Have a terrific week, 

Rhoda 

 

Hmmm...Too Busy Working To Make Your Business Successful?

by blogadmin 24. April 2018 01:42

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition

Effective leadership is more than getting things done and doing things right. It is also about focusing on the right priorities. Leaders agree that there is tremendous urgency to complete projects and see results as quickly as possible. While this sounds like a good thing, the "busyness" of being good often keeps us from the great. Neuroscience research video demonstrates how strategic leaders use their brain differently than busy leaders.

Greatness takes time to think about how one paradigm or unrelated concepts might intersect with your business world. Consider how one small change can profoundly impact your business model. Spending 30 minutes per week in strategic thought and planning makes a significant difference in the growth you will experience in business and leadership.

Strong leaders and sucessful businesses possess the courage and the discipline to set aside weekly time to view their business through many lenses, putting purpose and mission at the center. They are open to new approaches and value their others' input.

Strong leaders prioritize relationships with others who are open, inspiring, and challenging. They build alliances with other strong leaders to foster growth. These cohesive relationships are essential to business success and building leadership skills now and in the future.

How will you spend your day? Where can you schedule 30 minutes in your work week to strategize? I challenge you to set and send yourself a weekly calendar invite. Creativity, fulfillment, and joy will also come along with the business success!

 

Recognizing Team Dysfunction

by blogadmin 19. April 2018 01:51

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building | Book Review 

Can't get a handle on why your team is functioning well?

Author Patrick Lencioni offers insightful explanation in his book, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.

The greatest take-away after reading this book was being able to give these issues a name and matching description. These dysfunctions are pervasive in all kinds of organizations (corportate, non-profit, and even small groups). It is difficult to pinpoint the root cause of problems we see, but this book does just that. By identifying the dysfunctions by name, leaders can now be on the lookout for them and learn to address the root causes that keep teams from reaching their full potential.

Click here to view a short Lencioni video on our YouTube channel playlist.

Click here for a pin/printable on the 5 Dysfunctions and how to fix them.

Click here to contact me about interactive training for your team.

If you recognize any of these dysfunctions in your team, I encourage you to read this book. It will help discern where and how to begin building a healthy team. 

All the Best,

Rhoda 

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