Cultivate@Work

  • Toxic Leadership: In Search of Prevention

    skyeteam leadership development

    What can organizations do to prevent toxic leadership? Perhaps what’s needed is a counter-intuitive approach. Instead of dwelling on toxic behaviors’ destructive impact, consultants and coaches can work with people to create early awareness of dysfunctions. When toxicity is identified early on, there is an opportunity to turn deficits into innovative solutions. Is this unrealistic? […]

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  • Toxic Leadership: A New Look at Solutions

    Have you ever worked for a toxic leader, someone you think of as manipulative, two-faced, untrustworthy, and selfish? “Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them. Yet we frequently follow — or at least tolerate — them.” ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004) As […]

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  • Measuring Teams Using a Sociometer Device

    “A what?” I hear you say? Yes, you read that right – a Sociometer Device! It seems that scientists are using new technology to measure the degree of social interaction in organizations. And it’s reinforcing the concepts I share in my book Cultivate that relationships, and social sensitivity outweighs all other factors in determining team effectiveness. […]

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  • Want to be More Engaged and Inspired at Work? It’s All About Relationships

    Employee engagement is a hot topic in many organizations. And understandably so: Gallup estimates employee disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion annually. It’s a fairly basic concept, and we all get it: Engaged employees are good for business—and perhaps most compellingly, bottom lines. Engagement by the Numbers But in spite of all […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 3 Tips to Keep Difficult Conversations on Track

    SkyeTeam leadership development

    Many people I know and work with will do anything to avoid difficult conversations. Usually it’s because we fear strong emotions might get triggered and we’ll end up ruining a relationship. That fear is genuine and real. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever experienced an emotional hijacking – a sudden flare of […]

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