1. Three Types of Teams

    Modern organizations depend on cross-functional teams working effectively together to achieve organizational goals.  Depending on how two or more teams work together, they usually can be described as acting in one of three ways: Competitive, Non-interactive, and Cooperative. Competitive Team A Comp…Read More

  2. Adapting Leadership Styles to Different Situations

    Each leadership style has distinct advantages. Direct leaders provide a clear sense of direction. Spirited leaders increase their group’s energy level. Systematic leaders ensure that others maintain their own exacting standards. Considerate leaders maintain group harmony. Yet placed in the wrong s…Read More

  3. Leadership + Style = Leadership Style

    Leadership can be defined as the process of influencing others to work toward predetermined goals. Style can be defined as the way a person usually behaves when he or she is able to do things his or her own way. Put leadership and style together and you get the definition of leadership style: A pers…Read More

  4. Leadership Style

    We are what we repeatedly do. — Aristotle As a bridge into the topic of style, you may want to ask participants to predict how a co-worker would behave in a given situation. For example, participants could be asked to predict the way a co-worker would behave if he or she were put in charge of a pr…Read More

  5. Leadership Theory & Leadership Style – What’s the Difference?

    More than two thousand years ago, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, attempted to define leadership. Fast forward to the 20th century, and theorists were still searching for a definition. In fact, during the past century, three major schools of thought have developed. Trait Era: Turn of the 20th …Read More

  6. Feedback Receptivity Techniques

    When receiving feedback for development, some degree of defensiveness is human nature. People typically seek to avoid even slightly negative comments about themselves or their abilities.  During these times, it is common to focus on deflecting the feedback instead of listening and trying to underst…Read More

  7. STAR Feedback

    An easy way to give complete, specific feedback is to use the STAR approach developed by DDI (ddiworld.com).  Below is a summary of this approach, which is applicable at any point you need to provide feedback, not just during an annual review cycle. ST—Situation or Task.  What was the problem, o…Read More

  8. Don’t give feedback when . . .

    There are times when it isn’t a good idea to give feedback for development right away. For example, it’s not wise to share feedback when you’re experiencing a strong negative emotion. It’s better to regain calm first. Feedback is best received when it’s intended to be helpful, rather than …Read More