Tag: collaboration

strength of weak ties

I would describe our meeting as a roll of the dice. Perhaps someday we will upgrade our relationship to “weak ties,” but yesterday we were just 2/850 at the Great Ideas Conference chatting through our freebie Hyatt sunglasses over lunchtime brisket and gluten-free potato salad. “Joe,” the CEO (named substituted for anonymity and rhyme), seemed genuinely intrigued by our LGL mission. He

5 Reasons to Lose a Battle- And How To Lose It With Grace thumbnail

If I had to pick a side, I would have chosen hers. But picking sides was entirely beside the point. The other guy’s heels were dug in deeper than skis sunk in a tree well of deep powder. No amount of convincing was going to change his mind. “It’s time to let it go.” I offered. “This battle is not worth winning.” “But I’m right, she insisted.” That’s

7 Reasons Collaboration Breaks Down

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Great ideas come in halves,  these are the words I hear often from my LGL en Español partner, Kay Valenzuela. I believe it.  Work is enhanced by true collaboration. One of the best parts of my entrepreneurial journey has been the amazing collaborations, in writing, in business, in shared passions. I’ve got four deep collaborations in process now, including writing a children’s picture book with Alli

When To Stand Your Ground

When To Stand Your Ground

“Pete” a leader in a new job with a substantial increase in scope and scale, asked me this seemingly simple question: “How do you know when to stand your ground?” I knew he needed more than my first instinct of “just go with your gut”.

“I’ll stand my ground. And I won’t back down.”
~ Tom

Unlikely Collaboration: The Secret To Success

Trying to describe effective collaboration is a bit like describing true love. You know when you’re in it. It feels wonderful, but it’s hard to describe to anyone outside the relationship. And like love, you can get burned by sexy potential collaborators who don’t play straight. Unfortunately, such scenarios leave scar tissue that scares many away from potentially amazing future collaboration

Unleashing Breakthrough Results

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Many of the approaches we take to solving problems, do just that. Solve problems. That works, until the next problem comes along. To build long-term results, requires more. Unleashing your team’s potential leads to breakthrough results. I’ve been intrigued by the unleashing approach described in the new white paper, Unleashing the Future of Work. This highly collaborative methodology empowers teams to

Collaborative Competition: The Extraordinary Power of Trash Talk thumbnail

Collaborative competition inspires. Seeing “them” inspires “us.” Competition makes work fun. Unless, it doesn’t. Stay on the right side of trash talk.  Create collaborative competition to inspire your team.

A New York State of Mind

I ran a 2000 person sales team so did the guys in New York. They were the “ones to catch” on some metrics. In others we led the way. We studied their