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AFTER ACTION REVIEWS

How’d work go? In the military, work involves engaging in the mission.  Soldiers practice for the event of war.  They strap on their equipment, go to the field, and simulate an encounter. The way the military “cements” learning and improvement is by conducting an “after action review.”  A review is a disciplined approach where four questions are asked. […]

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COMMUNICATION = WINNING TEAMS

“A quiet team is a losing team.”  This is a coach’s observation, but I think it applies to us.   A winning team communicates constantly.  From exchanging well wishes and checking up on each other as we begin our day, using two minutes to make sure everyone is on the same page as we take on […]

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK = APPRECIATION

Feedback is critical.  We know it.  But we don’t do it enough. I gave a friend an award this week.  I have known him for 40 years and hold him in very high regard.  We are fraternity brothers.  I’m convinced the work he did and the model he provided me all these years were key contributors to my having […]

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HAVING A GROUP MINDSET

It is said that humans are “wired” to be on teams. We are born into families. Others raise us. We learn by interacting. We achieve more through cooperation and collaboration. Our best lives are achieved through participating in groups. It would make sense to develop and bring that mindset to every group you join. One part of that mindset should […]

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