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Do nice guys finish first?

Do nice guys finish first? This is the question asked by Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who identified three types of employees— givers, takers and matchers— then studied which personality type performs better on the job. Takers are the people who approach most interactions wondering “what can you do for me?” while givers ask “what can […]

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The Superhero Leader

Dexter. Danny Ocean. Tony Soprano. Robin Hood. They are likable villains. Why do we like them? They may be funny. Stand up for the underdog. Maybe they are the least bad in a world of bad people. In any case, the key to a likable antihero is that we see their soft side, their care […]

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Million Dollar Moments

The current season of the CBS TV show The Amazing Race features teams of two who met and were partnered on the very first day of their race around the world. Rather than being randomly assigned, one partner chose the other partner in order of their placing in an initial challenge. This dynamic created an […]

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How to Handle the Holidaze

Tis the season for people, presents, parties… and more parties. It seems like there is no end to the work functions, social events and family functions. So much small talk can be challenging –staying engaged and interested in so many different people. In our workplaces, sometimes we avoid that awkward small talk, choosing to stay within […]

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Laughter as a Learning Tool

Last month’s post extoled the benefits of giving a team time to relax and have a little fun together. Still not convinced that fun and games have a place at work?  Maybe you’ll be interested in to know that even an organization like the U.S. Department of State, that engages in very serious business, advocates […]

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Back to School

No, it’s not just you – summer is flying by! Before we know it, school will be back in session and students around the country will be back in the classroom. No matter how far out of school you are, you understand what a tough transition it is to go from carefree summer days, to […]

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Fumbles, Failure and Dealing with Defeat

If your ODA facilitators don’t seem as upbeat as usual this week, it’s because our favorite teams suffered some devastating losses in the recent NFL playoffs (colts and packers). The defeats are particularly difficult this year, as a playoff win would have brought a favored team to our Phoenix home for the Superbowl. There was […]

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Fear Factor

Last year we worked with a group that was led by a young manager. He had a rather strong, imposing personality. What he said, people did. While the group functioned well together, it was clear that they were somewhat intimidated by their manager. The manager participated in the activity, joining one of the five teams […]

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Surviving the Storm

Summer Storms have rocked the Phoenix metro area, stalling cars in flooded streets and leaving a mess of downed trees and mud-caked yards. In the same way, tough times – financial strain, acquisitions, PR crises– can sweep through a business, leaving employees feeling shocked and defeated. The good news for organizations is that tough times […]

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School’s Out!

Around the country, kids are looking forward to a long relaxing summer – playing and relaxing. Their parents, on the other hand, get to continue the same daily, commute-work-commute routine.  Why not mix it up a little this summer and commute up to the cottonwood lined banks of a serene pond backed by Sedona’s red […]

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