The Secret to Becoming Innovative

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What do stepladders, yo-yo’s and mood rings have in common?  They were all invented in Dayton, OH.  Did you know there are more US Patents that have come from Dayton, OH than any other single city in the USA?  I didn’t … Continued

One Prerequisite For Being a Part of the Team…

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There are many factors that go into effective team work.  In the business world, everyone seems to talk about their team – the importance of counting on interdependence above individual effort and work.  The summer season is a season of … Continued

7 Crucial Ingredients for a Team

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Every team needs these crucial ingredients: A goal. A vision. A  good chemistry. An opportunity. Great communication. Clarity of roles and structures. A moment when they realize why they were here together.   The larger the team, the more clarity … Continued

10 Attributes of a Champion Team

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Much of our work in ministry is centered around working with people in teams.  Yet many leaders also report, according to Ken Blanchard, that they don’t know how to teach their people to work in teams. I was reading today from … Continued

Seven Free Ways To Move Your Team Forward

Every team could use more effectiveness, productivity and growth all while spending less money.  Here are 7  ways any leader can help move their team forward – and it won’t cost a penny. Expectation – Expectation is the key to getting the best … Continued

Focus on Your Strengths

“We know some of their strengths, but I think it’s important that we focus on our strengths.” – Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals Manager, 2012 As we have seen the St. Louis Cardinals overcome some pretty devastating odds, it’s a … Continued

Momentum: The Cards Have It.

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Momentum:  The Cardinals have it.  Here are three recent quotes and five insights from them. “It’s hard for me to explain this production.  I’m just enjoying myself.” – Beltran “I’m going to have to watch that game over again. It … Continued

Three Team Members Everyone Needs

Here are three types of people that every team leader needs: Sneezers -The Sneezers are the people on your team who, after catching the vision, understanding the mission and fully believing in the power of what you are doing, uncontrollably … Continued

Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick Two…

This is a pretty standard thought that I’ve heard in a variety of places.  I was in a meeting and someone said, “you’ve got good, fast and cheap, pick two.”  It makes sense. And it’s worth thinking of again as … Continued

Do You Know Quality When You See It?

“It’s important to distinguish between efficiency – doing thing right – and effectiveness – doing the right things. – Drucker I was thinking about quality this morning as I was reading from The Little Team Book (Parker). Quality, as it … Continued

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