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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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United Not Divided

Politics. Religion. Not much else is able to so strongly unite or divide groups of people. What can teams do to keep things like politics and religion from being divisive forces? Since its football season, we’ll take a look at a football team as an example. While it is not hard to find professional athletes […]

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Time to Treat Yo’ Team

It’s the best day of the year, according to Parks and Rec characters Tom and Donna. A day to lavish and spoil yourself with anything – get a massage. Have a pedicure while sipping fancy coffee concoctions, splurge on a new outfit and of course no treat yo’ self day is complete without cupcakes. Has […]

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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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Four Ways to Motivate Your Team

Quick – take a mental break from your work and think about one thing you most enjoy doing when you are off the clock. Chances are, you are motivated to participate in that leisure time activity for different reasons than motivate you on the job. There are many types of motivators, or elements that drive […]

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When the going gets tough

“One way to keep your momentum going is to constantly have great goals” Michael Korda, author of Another Life: a Memoir of Other People Now that it’s February, do you actually remember those goals and resolutions you set back in January? “Well,” you think, “it’s flu season and tax season, who has the time or energy?” […]

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Great Goal Setting

With happy holidays in the rearview mirror, January is all about a fresh starts and, sadly, failed New Year’s resolutions. Surveys show that about two thirds of Americans make resolutions, at least occasionally, but less than 10 percent consider themselves successful in achieving their resolutions. We can help ourselves succeed in our goals by ensuring […]

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Rollin’ on the River

A previous post outlined the process of “building” a team: establish, increase, then strengthen. A real-world example of how the process looks is easy to find. Several of our program managers are experienced river runners and often go on rafting trips with an assorted group of friends and family members who are looking for a […]

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Why “Build” a Team?

The dictionary definition of the word build is to “establish, increase or strengthen”. If we look closer, that definition outlines a process that illustrates why this term is used to describe activities designed to produce strong teams. Preparing for Success To establish means to create or begin. This doesn’t necessarily mean a team can only […]

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