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Articles about Mindset. Behavior. Results.®

These articles provide thoughtful, practical guidance for leaders and teams that want to be more effective.

How to Break Through Deadlock on Your Team

Here is my latest post, published on the Harvard Business Review website.

If your team deals with important issues and team members have strong views on those issues, you can end up in a deadlock. When that happens, people dig …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

Here is my latest post, published on the Harvard Business Review website. It is an expanded version of my January post and it includes an agenda example and a template you can download for effective meeting agendas. I hope you …

Make Your Meeting Agenda Work

If you are like most leadership teams I’ve seen, your meeting agendas are causing confusion instead of creating clarity. Designed well, an agenda is a tool for quickly getting everyone on the same topic, clarifying the purpose, keeping people on …

Clumsy Feedback Is a Poorly Wrapped Gift

Published on the Harvard Business Review website

People on your team offer you gifts – not just at special occasions, but all year. These gifts aren’t tangible, and they’re not wrapped up in lovely boxes with beautiful bows. These gifts …

Taking Over from an Incompetent Team Leader

Here is my latest post, published on the Harvard Business Review website.

Becoming the leader of an existing team can be challenging, but taking over from an incompetent leader is more difficult. Incompetent leaders are not only ineffective at achieving …

Dealing with Team Members Who Derail Meetings

Here is my latest post, published on the Harvard Business Review website.

What does your team do when someone takes a meeting off-track? If your team is like most, the leader says something like, “Lee, that’s not what we’re talking …

What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion

Here’s my latest post, which was published on the Harvard Business Review website.

Most good people want to act compassionately at work. And recent research suggests that compassion also creates positive outcomes in organizations: People who experience compassion feel …

Increase Your Team’s Curiosity

Here’s my latest post, which was published on the Harvard Business Review website.

Does your team have a difficult time making decisions that everyone supports? If so, you may be suffering from a lack of curiosity.

Try this: Next time …

Dealing with Team Members who are “Off-Track”

Remember the last time you were in a team meeting and someone said something that seemed completely off-track? What happened next? If your team is like most, someone said something like, “Dan, that’s not what we’re talking about now” or …

What Anonymous Feedback Will (and Won’t) Tell you

Leaders know that team accountability is essential for team effectiveness, but they unknowingly undermine it.  My blog today about anonymous surveys and team accountability was posted on the Harvard Business Review yesterday.  I encourage you to read it and post …