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Category Archives: Team Communication

Meeting the Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams

Meeting the Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams

A few weeks ago I was talking to a managing director at a local Seattle company. He described how, for the first time in his career, he was leading a team that was entirely remote. He said, “I think things are going well.” But, to his credit, he wanted to investigate, to find out whatContinue Reading

How To Close Communication Gaps That Kill Team Performance

How To Close Communication Gaps That Kill Team Performance

Earlier this year, a colleague and I did some team coaching with a client and her team. In the course of practicing one of the communication tools we introduced, one of the team members initiated a conversation with a colleague about an incident that happened two years ago, which left him feeling hurt and offended.Continue Reading

Tool Box: Resources for Honest Conversations

Tool Box: Resources for Honest Conversations

Last week I wrote about that dreaded organizational syndrome, the “meeting after the meeting.” I included some suggested action steps for how to avoid that pattern, and today I want to add to your list of resources for addressing this challenge. Because, let’s face it, having honest, direct conversations about tough issues is hard forContinue Reading

How to Avoid the “Meeting After the Meeting”

How to Avoid the “Meeting After the Meeting”

THE most common team-related challenge that I hear about from my clients is “people don’t speak up.” One client called this “false harmony,” and identified it as one of the top reasons that his team was struggling to meet its goals. You know how it works. When people disagree with what you’re saying, they don’tContinue Reading