For the first time in our thirty-year history, we were headed toward layoffs. We held a meeting with several hundred staff to discuss the state of the organization and our plans to right the ship.
When in doubt about whether to share what’s on your mind or engage a tough situation, it’s usually best to lean towards taking the risk. The core concepts, principles, creative strategies, and toxic behavior profiles covered on this blog are here to help you do that.
by John W. Bailie, Ph.D. When I saw the large knife clipped inside his waistband, my first feeling wasn’t fear. It was disappointment. I was walking up the stairwell to the main office, like I did every morning. “How are you doing today, Carlos?” I asked with a smile. “Doing great today, Mr. John,” he […]
All workplace conflict is potentially fruitful. However, there are two broad categories of conflict that happen within teams that must be understood in order to provide effective leadership: creative conflict and toxic conflict. Both types are similar on the surface. But each requires a very different response and skill set from leaders.
A deliberately developmental organizational culture persistently pushes team members to the edges of their current competencies. By definition, that is not a place where most people feel comfortable. Fear, insecurity, and conflict live in that place. It’s a reach into the unknown. How do you get your team to go there? The first step is to convince them that no one will be asked to journey alone. You’ll go together.
We had officially entered the adjourning stage in Tuckman’s framework for team development. During the adjourning stage, which Tuckman added later, team members have grown close and feel a loss now that the experience is drawing to a close.
By Kerra L. Bolton “Raise your hand if you know the answer to this one,” challenged Lee Rush. It was the morning of the third day of a four-day Basic Restorative Practices workshop held at the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Early winter storm clouds began gathering outside of the […]
“Storming” — the second stage of Bruce Tuckman’s Five Stages of Team Development” — happens when the initial excitement has worn off, and the reality and weight of completing the task at hand sets in.
“Peopling,” as I call any social activity, takes effort. I hadn’t realized how dependent I have become on solitude as a means of social avoidance, until I attended a Restorative Practices Basic Training.
by Ted Wachtel Most people think of Detroit, Michigan in negative terms. Like the guy who laughed when I said I was going to an international conference in Detroit. “Attractive destination,” he said, sarcastically. Despite its reputation as a struggling city, Detroit is building a new reality. I asked Kerra Bolton, an award-winning journalist and frequent CNN […]