Create Group Norms That Build Trust

Every group has its own rules that guide how they do business and get things done.  These patterns of behavior may be a conscious set of established guidelines for conducting a meeting – or an unconscious lack of boundaries that allow members of the group to bully,...

How to Build a Collaborative Youth Leadership Team

“Effective leadership is putting first things first,” insisted Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” About 30 years ago, a group of teachers, youth ministers,...

How to Inspire Teamwork & Collaboration

“The only place ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary,” insisted Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Lombardi passionately rallied team spirit and...

What Consensus Is (And Isn’t)

“The only place ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary,” insisted Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” One of the characteristics that distinguished Lombardi’s...

How to Resolve Group Conflicts

I almost got up and walked out of the meeting. Marcy and Marti were two committee members who often accused one another of not listening.  Feelings were bruised.  Voices raised.  Other members slowly checked out of the discussion.  Including me. The experience was...

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