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Building Your Protection Team

Building Your Protection Team

In this “Thoughts from the Field” (Feb 2022) my colleague Bob Bernatz (Newport CA) highlights a critical mindset every leader must adopt – I need others to protect me. It’s a bold bit of humility! CEOs become CEOs typically because of some mix of hard work, intelligence, creativity, and relationship building. To reach this apex humble enough to recognize one’s limitations is essential for success in the role. They key is to recognize that this protection team must be given permission to protect! Their job is to develop character as much as strategy. In my line of work – the person who typically learns the most is the leader, not the team. Enjoy!

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Artificial Harmony

Artificial Harmony

As we help teams master the 5 Behaviors of Cohesive Teams (Vulnerability-based Trust | Healthy Conflict | Shared Commitment | Peer-to-Peer Accountability | Collective Results), we introduce a concept called the Conflict Continuum.  There are two unhealthy extremes on this continuum:  not holding back (potential mean-spirited, personal attacks) and holding back (artificial harmony). 

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Faster, Better Decisions

Faster, Better Decisions

n our work, we find there are two qualities that set great teams apart: their ability to make great decisions and their ability to carry them out.  Or more nuanced, great teams make faster, better decisions than their peers and can execute those decisions quickly and seamlessly across roles and functions.

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