Everyone Believes They are the Good Guy

Everyone Believes They are the Good Guy

Several years ago, a video circulated on social media that showed a former CIA operative describing the most significant lesson she had learned from being undercover. “Everybody believes they are the good guy,” she said, describing how her encounters with our...
Beyond the Teambuilding Event

Beyond the Teambuilding Event

You’ve likely been to a team building event for work; it could have included mini golf, bowling, a scavenger hunt, or even a holiday party. While there is a place for these events, they are not the magic bullet to generating team engagement or productivity. In fact, I...
No One Told Me About the Mascara on My Face

No One Told Me About the Mascara on My Face

A few months back, I decided it was time to get my annual flu shot, so I headed to the pharmacy. I quickly got the shot, chatted with briefly with the pharmacist, then headed to my car. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, so I sat in my car for a few minutes and...
Healthy Conflict for Healthy Teams

Healthy Conflict for Healthy Teams

If we manage conflict constructively, we harness its energy for creativity and development – Kenneth Kaye Conflict is a necessary part of any healthy team. Disagreements are an inevitable, normal, and healthy part of relating to other people. We must be able to...
Resilience

Resilience

A few years ago, I moderated an executive, plenary panel at a National Contract Management Association Aerospace & Defense Contract Management Training Forum in San Diego. The topic was ‘Policies & Strategies for Efficiency-Driven Contract Management...
It Wasn’t Boring After All

It Wasn’t Boring After All

A few months ago, I settled back in my seat for the long series of (boring) speeches. High school graduation! The principal, valedictorian, salutatorian, and the superintendent of schools had all prepared words for this special day. The superintendent of schools had...