Category Archives: Teamwork

Do You Know: How to Deal with Conflict in a Meeting?

We have written a number of articles about the interest based-problem solving process and why we believe it helps groups resolve difficult problems while reducing the likelihood of disputes. However, sometimes issues and individuals can lead to conflict in a … Continue reading

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Do You Know: Why Is It Difficult to Facilitate Your Own Team?

Last time, I mentioned the old saying, “If you want to kill an idea, send it to a committee.” This reflects the struggles committees often experience trying to accomplish a task. Members may want to be successful in their efforts, … Continue reading

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Do You Know: The Difference Between A Committee and a Team?

We often write about working with committees or teams. Although the names may seem similar, I do not view these terms to be interchangeable. There is a significant difference between the two groups. Have you heard the saying, “If you … Continue reading

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An Employee Engagement Success Story

We have written a number of articles about the benefits of employee involvement. This week, we would like to highlight a success story. The knowledge and experience of employees can help create effective solutions to workplace issues. An example of … Continue reading

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Thinking About the Storm

Did you spend time this weekend watching the Weather Channel? I did, mostly to check on conditions in South Carolina during and after the storm, but also just out of curiosity. Fortunately, our home in Charleston appears to have come … Continue reading

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Do You Know: Is It Better to Use Pizza or Praise to Motivate Employees?

Many employers struggle with how to motivate employees. We have heard them argue they cannot afford the cost of motivation programs. The truth is, motivation does not require significant expense. Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the founder of the Total Quality … Continue reading

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CALMC Golf Outing Recap

On September 9, we held our annual CALMC Golf Outing. The largest number of teams in years enjoyed a day of golf, fellowship, and networking at the Links at Groveport. You can see some of the photos of the outing … Continue reading

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Did You Know: Golf is a Lot Like Employee Engagement? (Part 2)

With the Olympic golf tournament this week, I want to return to the final part of the comparisons between golf and employee engagement or labor-management cooperation. We will look at similarities between them and offer some ideas about employee engagement … Continue reading

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Did You Know: Golf is a Lot Like Employee Engagement? (Part 1)

This weekend, I spent time watching the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. It featured 86 of the best golfers in the world playing a challenging course under somewhat adverse conditions. As I was watching, it brought to mind several parallels between … Continue reading

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How Are Your Team’s Critical Thinking Skills?

When I was a science teacher, one of our goals was to enhance the ability of our students to use critical thinking skills. As I look at the approach to studying problems commonly used today, I am afraid we failed. … Continue reading

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