How can a tape measure inspire insight & a fresh perspective?

It smelled like a pungent, loamy forest encased in a single, mysterious room. To this day I remember the smell of sawdust in that forbidden room of my childhood memories.   My dad was a master hobby woodworker – he had a magical room chock a block full of electric saws, nails & screws in […]

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Team assets? A simple tool to find them

Teams that can at first glance look like a hot mess, inevitably have strengths if you look close enough.  Upon second & third look, interesting stories start to emerge.   I encourage all teams to look for their assets or strengths (as well as their challenges).  Every team has them, even the team that I […]

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Your team building results are in- check out the most common pitfalls for teams

We all need a little help from our team mates, as the video above so charmingly displays.  Yet high functioning teams, that work well together, & know & understand each other well, while critical to success in the workplace, are rare.   While Forbes says team building is ‘the most important investment you’ll make,’ by the time […]

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Need to assess your team’s assets & gaps? Here’s an easy, one question tool

As I write this from my hotel room there’s a cacophony of birds chirping outside, which is blending with the sweet sounds of Zap Mama (a Belgian, Congolese group) singing Brrrlak from my playlist.    The sun is streaming through a lush canopy of trees, with Mount Kenya shrouded in the mist in the background.  […]

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Making music, together, on a swing. Montreal style.

Montreal is cool. Way cool with these interactive, music making, cooperative swing sets. Love the lights at night. Lovely example of creativity, of music in motion, of exercise, of cooperative community spirit & playfulness all wrapped into one. 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo.

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture

The quotes below are from McKinsey & Co –  read the full article here. “After the tragic events of 9/11, a team of Harvard psychologists quietly “invaded” the US intelligence system. The team, led by Richard Hackman, wanted to determine what makes intelligence units effective. By surveying, interviewing, and observing hundreds of analysts across 64 […]

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10 things that go into picking a great teambuilding icebreaker

Recently I received an email from a Human Resources colleague who I have enormous respect for.  She was looking for some ideas for teambuilding icebreakers for an upcoming event.  I get this kind of request fairly frequently and have made it a practice to not suggest any specific activities. Here’s why in my response below, […]

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10 tips for trainers part one: bumblebee butts & booty

It’s my birthday tomorrow and as tomorrow’s not a usual day for posting I thought I’d give you a gift today. Ever since I hit the earth some 4+ decades ago I’ve not had to wait for Christmas to open gifts so I thought I’d share the bounty with you, my dear blog reader, with […]

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The global launch of Life Lenses™ is today!

I’m over the moon to officially announce (drum roll please) that the Life Lenses™ online assessment launches today.   I’m in Paris for the launch and will be leading a Life Lenses™ workshop today at the W.I.N. conference. Discover what the buzz is about at www.life-lenses.com. Here’s what people are saying about the assessment: clear, affirming, […]

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Countdown continues- 1 more day to the global launch of Life Lenses™

New! Today we’re shining the light on Journey (love the process) and Destination (geared to get things done) Life Lenses™. Which do you think you are? Simply click here to answer a few questions and enter the contest to win a free Life Lenses™ assessment ($60 US value) . There will be multiple chances to […]

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