Treat Each Other Right — or Lose Business

We all know the fall out from intra-team squabbling:  a break in trust, team members taking sides, and a huge ebb in productivity — to name just a few results.  Alas, wherever human beings are present, arguments are bound to happen; we all have egos.  Fighting is unfortunate, but it’s…

Keeping Virtual Teams on Track

There’s a nice article in Inc. magazine (March 2012) called:  “Out of Sight, Top of Mind:  How to keep a business on track when top performers are scattered across the map”   The author (Jason Fried) provides some great tips for creating and maintaining virtual teams.  To summarize: 1) Working virtually…

An Amazing Mission Statement That’s Fit For Framing

Just about every business has a mission statement — but how many have a mission statement poster that has been viewed online more than 50 million times and translated into 12 languages?    That business would be Holstee, a NY-based company selling eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Check out their unique mission…

When Teams Fall Apart

I’ve been reading a lovely little book of late, called “When Things Fall Apart”, by Pema Chodron.  If you’re unfamiliar with Chodron (nee Deirdre Blomfield-Brown), she’s a world-renowned teacher and writer living up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Although her books tend to revolve around Tibetan Buddhism, I find that her…

Samuel Johnson

I ran across this quote recently, from the English author and critic Samuel Johnson:   “People need to be reminded more often than they     need to be instructed”. How true!  By the time people reach adulthood, they’ve probably heard pretty much everything they need to know in order to succeed…

Barcelona, Spain – Bari Gotic

A fun site to hold a team building exercise in Barcelona Event Description: A marvelous place to participate in a corporate teambuilding event, Spain’s most happening metropolis, Barcelona is often mentioned these days as Europe’s most popular town. And no wonder. Where else can you see Roman ruins, an intact…

Half Moon Bay – Coast-side FOOD Hunt

A delicious place to hold a team building activity in Half Moon Bay     Event Description: During this culinary treasure hunt adventure, you’ll solve clues up (and build team unity) and down the Half Moon Bay coastside area, acquiring various foodstuffs for a gourmet picnic which you ALL help…

Chinatown/North Beach “Foodie Hunt”

Are you Hungry For Fun, Adventure AND Fine Dining? Event Description:  During this full-day foodie/hunt hybrid extravaganza, you’ll spend the MORNING sleuthing out clues in two of San Francisco’s most exotic and enticing neighborhoods:  Chinatown & North Beach.  But here’s the delicious twist:   the clues all lead to traditional…

Is there a difference between Formal vs. Informal Learning?

There’s  a lot of talk these days about “formal” vs. “informal learning”.   Time and again, managers in every industry are asking, “How can I leverage this whole ‘social media’ thing?  That’s informal learning, right?” Not exactly, according to Lance Dublin of Dublin Consulting, who spoke last night in San Francisco…