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"Wednesday Wonder" - we have used this video in our train-the-trainer programs for a few years and every time I watch it causes a laugh because no matter how hard you try, you will make a power point that looks like this from time to time.
Cultivating Your Team - Cultivating-verb, Cultivate: cul.ti.vate

Great Post today from Michelle Cummings Newsletter, thought I would share. Thanks for the morning Read Michelle.

  1. to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
  2. to promote or improve the growth by labor and attention.
  3. to develop or improve by education or training; train;
  4. to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
  5. to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
  6. to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).

Here are 5 foundations to cultivate your team and a positive work climate.

 

1. A harvest comes from good soil. Create a healthy atmosphere where good people want to come and make good things happen. Set your team up for success by providing them with the resources they need.

 

2. Communicate. If a compelling purpose is the engine that drives the team, communication is the oil that keeps the engine well-lubricated. Fail to lubricate the engine, and it will lock up. So, too, will the team fail without effective communication.


3. Create a purposeful approach to understanding and coaching team members. Doing so will allow them to achieve peak performance and shine as a team. One of the greatest team building benefits is being able to leverage the rich ideas and problem solving skills of all team members.

 

4. Develop common goals that people can commit to. Winning teams thrive in an environment where they can unite behind a common and compelling purpose, a cause everyone can understand, identify with, and commit to. Ideally, these goals should be developed by the team members, as this tends to create ownership, buy-in and commitment. One of the pre-requisites of a healthy team is that it is usually necessary to make a commitment in order to reap benefits. A farmer does not get a good harvest unless he or she has cared for crops through bad weather, pests, and droughts.

 

5. Encourage and empower every teammate to succeed. Believe in them. You hired staff because they possess certain skills, knowledge, and experience, so let them do the jobs you hired them to do, believing that they will do their best. Remember: Performance mirrors expectations.

 

It is always a pleasure to be in the presence of people whose vision is success and excellence. You didn’t have to grow up on a farm to cultivate a great team, but you can definitely grow one. Hopefully these 5 foundations will plant a few seeds for your own personal growth and learning.

Great reads for Sales professionals.

As a trainer and facilitator, interpretations like the one above frustrate me. The reality is that there are many facilitators out there that deliver on this interpretation.
I am a big fan of experiential training, but there needs to be a connection the job. It is our job as facilitators to dispel the myth that we deliver more that birthday party activities.

As a trainer and facilitator, interpretations like the one above frustrate me. The reality is that there are many facilitators out there that deliver on this interpretation.

I am a big fan of experiential training, but there needs to be a connection the job. It is our job as facilitators to dispel the myth that we deliver more that birthday party activities.

Mount McKinley - the symbol of our business. Interestingly, most folks think it is my last name. One day I will be on top of this mountain.

While I don’t find my self in the US on business to much, I am there enough that this caught my eye in today Globe ad Mail. I am a self admitted gadget guy, and the smaller, faster more efficient that better. So when I looked at the rates and the plans, wow I was impressed. It was way cheaper than one trip I did in January and a lot more flexible. Hope they stay around. Please share your ideas on road warrior tips. I will add more soon.

I have been thinking a lot these days about motivation. As a professional in people development it is my job to “motivate” according to many of my clients. What we are told regularly is that our practical approach to motivation helps them change habits and that is what truly has an impact and provide value. So my thought for managers today is to look at was to help your team change habits and support then over time, you will notice the impact. Because carrot ans sticks just to not work, period.

What is your value distance ! Tough question to answer and our focus for 2013 is to better articulate our value distance to our clients, partners and team. Well worth the watch.

Tuesday Thoughts !