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Engaging Reluctant Participants on a Team

Best practices to get everyone to participate and share their ideas and thoughts

Not everyone on the team is going to be a willing participant in discussions. Some individuals may be shy and therefore reluctant to participant; others may simply not want to participate for any number of reasons. However, it is important that everyone […]

Collaborate with Your Team to Create Work Plans

To ensure the right work gets done at the right time on projects assigned to the team!

Developing work plans in collaboration with your teams has a number of benefits, including:

Improves collaboration between and among team members Ensures a better understanding of what needs to be accomplished and roles and responsibilities for accomplishing the […]

Integrating a New Member into the Team – Part II

A Short Story

Read Part I for background information.

Helping the team to accept Allen

Jasmine wanted to avoid a situation where the team – because they were such a highly functioning team – shut Allen out. With the contractor, she hadn’t really spent time getting him integrated into the team. She decided on a […]

Integrating a New Member into the Team – Part I

A Short Story


Jasmine has been leading a team of 8 people who provide support to customers implementing the company’s software products. This team has been together for the last 10 years, and Jasmine has been leading them the entire time. No one has joined the team during that time and no one has […]

How Effective a Manager Are You?

Are you a good manager to your people? The most effective managers have these skills:


Brief Description


Listening requires really hearing and understanding what others are saying – not just the words coming out of their mouth. But reacting to their body language also and hearing the words behind the words. Listening […]