December 17th, 2019
When the C-Suite Goes “Survivor” — Approach Is Everything for Fixing Team Dynamics
The Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
For business, the converse is: when individuals aren’t unified, the team doesn’t work. It’s unlikely to reach its goals,...
November 7th, 2019
5 Keys to Help Struggling Managers Communicate More Effectively
Is there a crisis in workplace communication?
Consider the following numbers:
- 86 — The percentage of senior executives, managers and junior staff at U.S. companies who report experiencing communication breakdowns that lead to reduced productivity, missed deadlines, and sales deals that don’t close, according to...
August 15th, 2019
Employee Stress Is an Epidemic. Take These 4 Steps to Minimize It
Did you know that Americans are significantly more likely to feel stress on the job (80% do) than they are to accurately name the governor of their state (only 2 of 3 can)?
Stress is an incredibly common workplace problem, and terribly costly. Workers suffering stress are more likely to:
July 10th, 2019
How to Support Leadership Diversity One New Leader at a Time
The state of diversity in the workplace has improved enough that some experts are shifting their focus. On a recent podcast, one expert stated, “Diversity is really not the problem for...
June 8th, 2019
Prioritizing Team Collaboration Pays Off for the Business. Just ask Apple
UC Berkeley management professor Morten T. Hansen wrote a wonderful book in 2009 on collaboration across business—aptly titled “...
May 15th, 2019
Do the Unexpected to Take Employee Retention to the Next Level
Studies show that many organizations find employee retention their top challenge today.
There’s a problem, however: retaining employees isn’t—or at least shouldn’t be— enough. You also need them to be engaged in their work. Gallup, which has long studied employee engagement, in 2013 estimated that...
April 11th, 2019
7 Keys for Avoiding Costly Mistakes When Choosing Leadership and Team Dynamics Consultants
Boosting leaders’ performance and key teams’ productivity can make a tremendous difference on an organization’s bottom line.
To achieve these outcomes, some organizations are bringing in specialist consultants to provide leadership coaching and to lead team dynamics efforts. Many...
March 25th, 2019
Gartner Identified the ‘Top 3 Priorities for HR in 2019’ — Address These Key Factors to Achieve Them
The analyst firm Gartner recently published a noteworthy report, “Top 3 Priorities for HR in 2019,” that we think is worth reading, thinking about and discussing.
January 29th, 2019
Emotional Intelligence: Data Show it’s a Must-Have for Team Success
“Take a look.”
The leader of an academic and technical group pointed Connect the Dots Managing Director Brenda Hampel to the work area of team members who had just participated in a session with her on emotional intelligence.
What she saw: small groups of team members talking...
December 19th, 2018
Culture Clash to Culture Connection: One Company’s Leadership Onboarding and Early Feedback Success Story
Many employers take half-measures or do nothing at all to help newly hired leaders adapt to the new company culture and their roles.
As a result, these leaders, from a cultural integration perspective, are largely left to sink or swim. Some will inevitably sink, and thus fail to...