Thought Leadership Blog

  • 3 Kinds of Difficult Conversations

    Fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project has produced some interesting information about what goes on during difficult conversations and conflict. In our workshop Cultivating Winning Relationships we explore the conversation strategies designed to cultivate winning relationships. Within these strategies there are three basic kinds of conversations, no matter what the subject. In […]

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  • 6 foolproof ways to start a conversation with anyone

    SkyeTeam Leadership Development

    I’ll let you into a secret. I am terrified of small talk. I know. Hard to believe. Put me on the stage at a conference, and I can deliver a compelling keynote to hundreds of people that has everyone engaged and involved. Ask me to work with your leadership team, and I can develop and […]

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  • Who Needs BFFs at Work?

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    At SkyeTeam, we do a lot of research and work in the relationship space, particularly relationships in the workplace. Well, not those relationships! The stuff of tabloids and telenovellas are interesting and make for good TV, but this is a family show here. What’s become fascinating to me, is this idea of some sort a […]

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  • Tough Feedback: 4 ways to deliver it like a pro

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    As business owners and team members, we all have to deliver tough messages. At some point, we will have to say the equivalent of that dreaded line, “We need to talk . . .” Why are such conversations so difficult that we’ll do anything to avoid them? I’ll admit, I don’t like having tough conversations. […]

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  • Manager and Leader – The mindset for success

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    How many managerial roles and mindsets can you think of off the top of your head? And how many of those can one person reasonably be expected to effectively fulfill? In a classic November 2003 Harvard Business Review article, “Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact,” Mintzberg outlines 10 daily managerial roles that fall within three broad […]

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  • What does a Manager actually do?

    SkyeTeam Leadership Development

    “It has become popular to talk about us being over-managed and under-led. I believe we are now over-led and under-managed.” — Henry Mintzberg, Simply Managing: What Managers Do — and Can Do Better (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013). I recently facilitated a senior leadership program for a technology company, where the participants got into a heated debate […]

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  • How to take a Relationship Pulse Check!

    Take a minute to write down the three critical goals you must achieve in the next few months. Next to each goal, write down the names of your co-workers — your work relationships — who can directly impact and help your success (or potentially undermine it). As you consider each person, how would you describe […]

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  • 4 Mistakes We all Make that Damage Professional Relationships

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    The world of work is the biggest team sport any of us will ever take part in, yet it can often feel like our co-workers are on the opposing team rather than playing on the same side—and for the same company. If you think your personal life is complicated, think about your workplace relationships! In […]

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  • 3 Steps to build Quality Relationships at Work

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    I developed The Relationship EcosystemTM  in response to comments and frustrations I heard from leaders regarding the quality (or lack thereof) of their relationships with their colleagues. This is a language that enables individuals to discuss how they work together and take appropriate action to improve the quality of those interactions. Identify the Roles of […]

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  • Catch! The Secret to Active Listening.

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    “Heads up!” This familiar call alerts us to an incoming object by redirecting our attention to the current environment. Ok, it also helps us not get injured. Sometimes I think we should yell the same thing as we are talking with each other. As a facilitator and executive coach, I spend a lot of my […]

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