June 27, 2019

Douglas Gerber, founder and CEO of leadership team coaching firm Focus One, has worked with more than 100 leadership teams over the past decade. He's asked them all what's the most important aspect of a successful team. Trust is the most frequent answer.

"Trust is funda...

June 20, 2019

Your personal development and the development of your people are two key areas to which you probably have made commitments. The third, not as widely recognized, area is team development.

Leaders usually start with personal development, then move on to people development...

April 23, 2019

One of the biggest frustrations expressed by business leaders of teams is the ‘silo mentality.’ This mentality allows people to work in separate silos or independent units with only cursory regard for other units or team members. It is characterized by a “just let me d...

December 12, 2018

Culture defines us in our family units, businesses, and organizations. It distinguishes who we are and how we are described. Employees can readily describe their organizational culture, using such words as supportive, open, results focused, etc. Much of that culture is...

October 9, 2018

The Golden State Warriors domination of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA championship series was cringeworthy. The 4-0 sweep makes us pause. It became clear that while Cleveland relied on Lebron James, the Warriors played as a team. When Stephan Curry fell flat,...

August 14, 2018

Many team members dread meetings, finding them ineffective, lengthy, and in some cases just plain useless. I have always been surprised at the lack of attention paid by top leaders to meeting management. Yet given that the leadership team spends most of its ‘together t...

August 7, 2018

As a team leader, you probably have some clear ideas of the issues concerning your organization or operation, and where you want to lead the team. But the reality is that some team members are content to carry on in their usual way. “Hey, I’m so busy delivering results...

July 31, 2018

In order to give Team Quotient (TQ) the best head start, the first thing a new CEO must examine is the leadership team, making sure the right ‘players’ are on the team. The new CEO needs to decide who to keep and who to retain. and if and when the bloodletting should b...

July 24, 2018

Many teams rely on the Company Vision or Mission to pull the team together. That is acceptable for a Mediocre team but it’s not good enough for a High Performance Team that realizes that a Team Vision or Mission is essential as the galvanizing force to propel it into a...

July 17, 2018

All teams have Values in some form, whether conscious or unconscious. Unfortunately, many teams haven’t articulated and aligned their Values so you never know what kind of behavior will appear. And unless you have done the ‘Values work’, it’s hard to blame other team m...