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Giving Feedback: Three Data Points

[fa icon="calendar'] July 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM / by Don Tinney posted in Teamwork, Management

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A helpful discipline when giving feedback to someone, or when having a tough conversation to help correct someone’s unproductive actions, is sharing three data points. Data points are examples of what the person is doing that demonstrates the bad behavior.

If you have to confront one of your people for bad behavior – let’s say he or she is treating people in the office poorly  you owe that person three examples. There is truly magic in three. Two is not enough and four is too many. If you don’t give three examples, he or she will rationalize his or her way out of it.

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Struggling to Hire Great Talent? Grow Your Own

[fa icon="calendar'] April 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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apprenticeship.jpgHiring is often cited as one of the most challenging parts of growing a business. When it comes to building your business dream team, right people-right seat decisions are rarely black and white.  

For example: when a new position is created, it’s quite common to have a ‘right person’ on your existing team. This person shares your core values and really wants the opportunity, but falls short on getting it or having the capacity to deliver what the position requires. The question becomes: should you invest time and resources to develop that person or fill the position with someone outside your team?  

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Making Tough Hiring Decisions

[fa icon="calendar'] January 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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Hiring is often cited as one of the most challenging parts of growing a business. When it comes to building your business dream team, right people-right seat decisions are rarely black and white. 

For example: when a new position is created, it’s quite common to have a ‘right person’ on your existing team. This person shares your core values and really wants the opportunity, but falls short on getting it or having the capacity to deliver what the position requires. The question becomes: should you invest time and resources to develop that person or fill the position with someone outside your team? 

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Do You Really Want That Promotion?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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“I really want the promotion. I’d love to take on that manager position,” Fred says enthusiastically. Fred has been on your team for several years now and he knows your business well. He’s proven himself to be reliable and professional. But why does he want the position? His enthusiasm reminds you of a kid in a candy store repeating I want it, I want it! But just like that kid in the candy store, does he actually want it? Is he about to bite off more than he can chew?

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When Team Members Don't "Get It"

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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The best basketball players in the league get it. The original Dream Team’s Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird come to mind. They understand the game so intuitively, it’s second nature to them. They make playing seem effortless.

In my article on building your business dream team, I stated that you must have players who passionately share your vision and have the skills to help your business win consistently. Your players must get it, want it, and have the capacity (GWC™ in Traction terms) to consistently deliver what their position on the team requires.

So what does “get it” really mean?

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Do you have a business team that can win?

[fa icon="calendar'] November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in GWC, Teamwork

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Winning-Team.jpgImagine the scene: you enter the packed press room and immediately sense the energy from the crowd of reporters. You take a seat at the long table amidst what seems like a sea of cameras, microphones, tangled wires, and bright lights. A reporter from Entrepreneur Magazine stands to ask the first question, and a hush falls over the room. “How confident are you that your team can take you all the way to the championships this year?”

How would you answer? Are you confident in your current business team? If you were struck with fear at the thought of answering that question honestly in front of reporters and cameras, or anyone for that matter, keep reading.

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What A Gardening Incident Can Teach You About Business

[fa icon="calendar'] June 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Growth, Teamwork

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pruning-shears.jpgDoes this gardening incident sound familiar? “My son ran over my rosebush with the lawn mower. I thought for sure it was dead! But to my amazement, it came back stronger and more vibrant than ever.” It seems like most of us have a gardening incident somewhere in our past. Aside from teaching your son to spare the shrubbery, there is a business lesson in this gardening incident, too. It’s about pruning for growth.

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Did You Find the Right People for Your Leadership Team?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Teamwork

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Two years ago I wrote a blog article contrasting team players and team leaders.  Why? Because there’s a stark difference between the two and it matters greatly who you have on your leadership team.

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The 3 Trust Destroyers

[fa icon="calendar'] February 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM / by Don Tinney posted in Teamwork

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It is common for individuals in a business not to trust each other.  That lack of trust causes teammates to be less open and honest and more guarded in their interaction with each other.  As Patrick Lencioni details in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, low trust ultimately leads to poor results, so building a high trust team must be a priority for any business.

One of our free downloadable tools, The Trust Builders, provides 10 ways to help increase trust in your team.  Each Trust Builder helps teammates to open up to and have a deeper understanding of each other, ultimately leading to higher trust.  However, in the process of getting to know each other better, if teammates become aware of any of these three characteristics in a teammate, trust will be destroyed.

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Speak Now

[fa icon="calendar'] January 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM / by Don Tinney posted in Teamwork

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Most of us have probably heard the statement, “Speak now or forever hold your peace” in the context of a marriage ceremony. The directive presumes that wedding participants will have to live with the future consequences of failure to communicate an objection in that brief moment.

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