Playing the Infinite Game

How do you lead and inspire people to stay engaged in their work, to bring their best selves and consistently contribute to your team’s purpose with enthusiasm and initiative?  How do you stay fulfilled and constantly improving as you’re doing all of that?   Author, motivational speaker, and leadership guru Simon Sinek has an answer, and … Continue reading Playing the Infinite Game

Elastic Thinking and Innovation

Innovation has always been imperative to humanity’s growth and survival (see growing crops, building shelter, written language, etc.), and we’re receiving messages all over the place that innovation is more important than ever in this current age of rapid technological advancement  and globalization. As industries, services, products, and communication change at an accelerated pace, we’ll … Continue reading Elastic Thinking and Innovation

A Successful Process for Conflict Resolution

Individuals in conflict with one another each carry into it a complex mix of personal history, biases, fears, and needs.  They are also the only ones that know exactly what transpired from the beginning of the conflict to the moment it was identified for resolution.  Each needs to be able to express their perspective honestly, … Continue reading A Successful Process for Conflict Resolution

Exploring the Intersection of Getting On the Same Page and Conflict Resolution

When two or more people get together to do anything, they're all bringing with them to the interaction a lifetime of stories, emotions, fears, needs, hopes, and expectations  that drive their action and behavior.  Often times things go great, the special mix they create together leads to fun, creativity, and connection.  Often times things don't … Continue reading Exploring the Intersection of Getting On the Same Page and Conflict Resolution

Are You On the Same Page?

Getting on the same page can mean a lot of things. It can be the first step in a collaboration We're going to invite voices expressing multiple ideas and perspectives to build the biggest, richest picture of where we're at so we can create something new or fix something broken together. It can be a … Continue reading Are You On the Same Page?

3 Ways to Get On the Same Page

“Get on the Same Page” is Vestalia Hospitality's second leadership essential, and we want to get on the same page with you about why it's so important.  Here's what it says:   Why this? Increasing your mastery of this skill increases your ability to harness the power of mutual understanding which: busts up judgements, assumptions, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get On the Same Page

What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations

"Yes, and..." By nature all collaborations are creative - they describe the act of people coming together to produce something that doesn't already exist.  A collaboration will result in greater success if everyone participating in it feels comfortable contributing their ideas (however wild or off the established path) and there is willingness from everyone to … Continue reading What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations

Collaborating to Shape Team Culture

I'm always curious about how teams create their own culture and how they can affect change to it from within.  While drumming up ideas surrounding collaboration for this month's article series, I couldn't help but recall one particular exercise from last year that illuminated a fun way to get teams to take a look at … Continue reading Collaborating to Shape Team Culture

2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration

Keeping it simple this week.   2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration: One more Cloud quote on collaboration (from his 2012 TED Talk at U of M): "DIY is so 20th century, I think that the future is Do-It-Together." Want to know who Chris Cloud is?  Check out his website. Want to learn more about Creative … Continue reading 2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration