exhausted team

How to lead an exhausted team when you feel the same

How many people on your team are feeling worn out? Business as usual feels like a thing of the distant past and any more “pivoting” will be too much for an already exhausted team. Shutting down, returning to work, a second shut down (and a third?) and now continued uncertainty — anticipating, planning, scrambling, and […]

Question authority

Leadership tips for managing team members who question authority

At some point, most leaders encounter someone who seems to want to undermine them. Whether you’re leading an organization or put in charge of a project team, dealing with someone who is resisting your leadership or outright insubordinate is necessary before it damages your team, the esprit de corps or your reputation. Often, questioning authority […]

making assumptions

Why making assumptions can be damaging your team

Making assumptions can be a problem for anyone but particularly for a leader in the workplace. When we assume things about ourselves, other people or circumstances, it can cause: Division, possibly to the point of creating a toxic work culture Hard feelings, which foster discontent and complacency Loss of motivation, feeling there’s no point Team […]

escalating conflict

Is escalating conflict threatening your team?

In our last blog, we looked at conflict and individuals: How to recognize it in ourselves and others, and how resolving conflict always starts with “the why.” Productivity and performance suffer for a few reasons: A team that lacks cohesion is not going to be as effective as a team where everyone trusts and works […]