Lessons About Conflict from the Beautiful Jack Pine Tree

Like the Jack Pine, teams need to embrace conflict to be successful.

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Never Reprimand an Employee

During a coaching session with an inexperienced Executive Director, the advice she had received from a Board member was to “reprimand” her employee. As a team dynamics specialist, this sent chills through me. The energy of the word “reprimand” is one of parental, power, and control. And let’s face it, who wants to be to reprimanded or controlled? At the same time, I was reading Brene Brown’s book Dare to Lead and right at the chapter about shame. When we reprimand someone, we tend to shame them. And shame creates isolation and...

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The Real Impacts of Poor Team Dynamics

Often reduced to petty interpersonal disagreements, poor team dynamics impact every aspect of your organization, both internal and external. As a team dynamics consultant, I’m called upon when these team dynamics are challenging. Common symptoms of my clients at the beginning are infighting, silos, personal disagreements, high rates of sick time and staff turnover, to name a few. Yet many Executive Directors negate the seriousness of these dynamics to being just interpersonal conflict. Let’s take one non-profit organization/client I...

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