Managers often struggle with how to effectively empower team members.  How do we balance our responsibility of oversight with the autonomy that leads to engagement? The first step in answering that question may lie in the humble job description. The business world has a love-hate relationship with job descriptions, as demonstrated by the praise and…

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The Third Mind I was fortunate to attend a local networking event recently, which provided lots of synergy with many, MANY great people.   This synergy (and the great people) led me to think more about the phenomenon called “the third mind.” “The third mind” is when two people or individual minds come together for a…

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When creativity is mentioned in a work setting, many people shut down.  The reaction is often, “I’m not creative, so I’ll leave that to someone else.”  We often mistakenly believe that to be creative is synonymous with artistic. Artistic refers to working in the arts: painting, drawing, acting, writing, etc. or creating things that are…

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We’ve all heard the saying, if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Moving forward requires change and change requires you to do things differently. Many teams struggle with moving beyond the status quo. By engaging your entire team in exploring options, you’ll increase the odds that they commit to the resulting changes. This makes…

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