Management

If you’ve been hoarding your vacation days in hopes of calmer times on the horizon—now’s the time to give in. With just 67 days left in 2020 (and little evidence that 2021 will be any easier), it’s important to take time off to reset, and it’s just as critical to encourage your team to do the same. Given that we’re mostly stuck at home with few options to travel, it’s not surprising that people are taking time off at low rates: according to a July LinkedIn survey, “nearly 70% of professionals say they don’t plan to take vacation—or aren’t sure…
Ever been perplexed why some people don’t think or feel the same way you do?  Each person’s innate underlying motivation may provide the answer.  The Enneagram is a powerful personality system with nine distinct personality dynamics.  Each dynamic has a unique motivational force. In this video, I briefly explain the nine distinct motivations underlying each Enneagram type. Enneagram Motivation Video Start times for each of the Enneagram motivations: Enneagram 1 motivation 3:40 Enneagram 2 motivation 6:45 Enneagram 3 motivation 10:00 Enneagram 4 motivation 8:15 Enneagram 5 motivation 13:05 Enneagram 6 motivation 14:35 Enneagram 7 motivation 11:45 Enneagram 8 motivation 2:00…
The experience of being yourself is innately satisfying. If who you really are does not give you the experience of health, happiness, love, and full self-expression – or ‘aliveness’ – then that is not who you really are. When you experience yourself as yourself, that experience is innately satisfying. The experience of the self as the self is the experience of satisfaction. Satisfaction is not ‘out there’. It cannot be brought in. You will never get satisfied. It cannot be done. When you want more and different or better, that is gratification, and while that is gratifying, we always want…
Teams these days face a rather unusual situation: new hires are expected to develop working relationships with people they’ve never met in person. Onboarding, celebrations, and collaboration are tricky enough done virtually, though it’s possible to compensate. What’s really challenging are those tense, but critical, moments in a team’s existence, like disagreement, tough feedback, or difficult conversations around structural issues.  According to psychologist Bruce Tuckman, this is “storming”—one of the four stages teams go through on their way to becoming high-performing teams. It’s when teams uncover tensions and working styles start to clash. While some fall apart at this…
Any big decisions coming up for you? Do you just know what you are going to do? How do you feel about it? Or, are you still thinking?   Teamwork 9.0 author Matt Schlegel leads this workshop in which participants of all Enneagram types explore how each approaches decision making, and how the Intuitive-Feeling-Thinking behaviors of the Enneagram Centers influence each approach. Join us for an evening of sharing and learning decision making practices from each other. When: Tuesday, October 20 7:30-9PM For Zoom meeting details, contact Matt Schlegel — matt@evolutionaryteams.com Hope you can join us! The post Online Workshop: The
With performance review season just around the corner, many of our clients are considering how to best demonstrate their commitment to their team in an era of limited budgets. Establishing a career progression framework, with stages and areas of growth, is one of the best ways to keep employees engaged and demonstrate that you want them to stick around. Not only does it help employees understand where they are in their careers, it also gives them ownership over how they want to grow. And, of course, it establishes a consistent approach to promotions and raises, leading to greater equity and…
Survive to Thrive: Phase II (Part B)  Opportunity #4 – Opportunities to Innovate: Products & Packaging Recovering Losses & Gaining New Revenue We are in the middle of exploring more targeted approaches your business can implement in the current market cycle and how to capitalize on these unique times. Building off our recommendation to consider Scaling Through Acquisition is the urgent need to address products and packaging. Did you know that a significant amount of what you perceive as product innovation in the marketplace comes from how products are packaged, rather than new innovations to the item? As we move through…
I want to thank everyone who has kindly left a review of Teamwork 9.0 on Amazon.  Here are some of the latest reviews: Teamwork 9.0 Reviews… Practical, Powerful and Insightful ”This book brings for the effectiveness of the Enneagram. The author clearly and simply explains how the Enneagram can be used as a practical tool in a setting involving leaders and teams making this book a powerful tool in itself. Anyone working with teams and leaders will find this book helpful in transforming the Enneagram into a most useful tool. Yet, through this process, new insights of the Enneagram are…
Yikes, last Tuesday’s debate was brutal to watch. There were insults flangin’ and slangin’ every which way, interruptions, talking over each other… a great example of incivility was displayed. No matter your political views, we can all agree that that debate was ugly.   I’m not here to talk politics though, I’m here to talk about politics in your workplace. Have your employees been having discussions about their favorite candidates or important issues?   While I don’t have many tips for you on the legal side of political speech in the workplace, I can provide insight into managing employee behavior…