solution-focused coaching finding what works video

I had the honor of sharing the SOLVEDmethod solution-focused team and leadership coaching with ATD Buffalo Niagara,  above is an excellent video they made from our time. What Is SOLVED? SOLVED is an acronym for a process of solution-finding. While using the cards, you can choose to use them in the SOLVED order – initially suggested – … Continued

How do we make bad things in companies discussable?

Images from “Behind You” by Brian Coldrick Bad things happen within your team and company. Plus, the bad stuff hides when culturally and behaviorally being the bearer of bad news is punished or burdened with management hyperbole “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Working with management teams the surprise or lack of knowledge about potential … Continued

Growth Mindset and Behavior Change

Video of 3-days of design thinking, team building and leadership work with over 200 SUNY Buffalo State College students. Growth Mindset and Taking Actions on Behavior Change: Students will reflect on current behaviors and gain feedback from others (extrospection) on which behaviors are helpful and hurtful to academic success. Students will articulate and develop a small action … Continued

Resilient Organizations Develop With Time

After spending a week in Vancouver BC Canada attending the Cynefin Retreat on organization design for emergence, I was moved to learn new ideas, leave some outdated concepts behind, and reinforce the progress that we are making together. This moved me to think – How can you create more resilience to ideas and innovation within … Continued

Process to gather what is and is not working within the organization

Within organization development the more straightforward and understandable the tool or process the more likely it will make a difference. This simpler the tool the greater the requirement of the consultant or expert to suppress themselves and expertise. When you remove the translator (the expert) from the results and ask people to gather narrative data … Continued

Team Building Stakeholder Analysis

image Project Stakeholder Plan Having a project stakeholder plan ensures that you will approach the influence part of your project with as much organization and attention as possible. Time invested early in stakeholder planning can save you countless hours of dealing with resistance, redoing work, missing targets, etc. WHAT TO DO: Use the worksheet Project … Continued

Are leaders motivation different than others?

Are leaders motivations different than others? No, they are not. The term ‘leader’ is just another way of saying a person who is helpful in a situation when you need help. I had this discussion, in Buffalo NY, with a series of workshops focused on leadership, above is a picture of the chalkboard at the … Continued

Solution-Focused Team Building Activity

Solution-Focused team building is something that can be used to construct progress for your team. Below is an overview of solution-focused and the framework for the team building activity. I’ve used solution-focused coaching with management teams to share with the leadership a way to discuss strategy, progress, and regress in a manner that creates next … Continued

Personal Accountability to Change Within a Team

One problem I have with team building assessments is that most of the data gathering and evaluation questions are very passive. It seems as if team building is something that happens to people. As opposed to people being active players in their work life. Working with a Managing Partner in a law firm he shared … Continued

How to Create and Sustain Team Performance

Presentation slides from a team building session I facilitated with six nonprofit leadership teams. The objectives were to develop a team-based process to maintain the gains in infrastructure and team development, plus value propositions using data.