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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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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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The Power of Words

All across the nation, students and teachers alike are anticipating the end of the school year recovering from the recent pressure of standardized testing.  In the wake of recent standardized testing taking place in schools across the nation, an encouraging note went viral. This inspirational letter reminded students that they are more than just their […]

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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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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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