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Here's a guest blog I did for the Rose City Rollers - you can see it in it's original home here.

Derby athletes train all the time. All. The. Time. On skates. Off skates. They train to acquire and improve individual skills and to enhance team performance. When it comes to the individual athlete, we often talk about mental toughness and the ability t...

“Stop Wasting Money on Team Building” a Harvard Business Review title screamed at me. “Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money” was the terse opening line of this article from Carlos Valdes-Dapnea. At this point my blood pressure probably (definitely) skyrocketed and my mind was already racing to provide an eloquent counterargumen...

Don't have time to read a great book and then think about how to apply it to your life? You are in luck - the Books Applied Podcast is a quick summary of a fabulous book with some ideas around how to apply those ideas to your life. Spoiler alert: you might still want to read the book anyway because it's that good. Click over to the Books Applied Po...

This is the last installment in a three-part series applying ideas found in Drive by Daniel Pink to help teams needing to re-inspire motivation mid project.

Have you ever been frustrated or mystified by someone telling you “I had no choice” when it seemed pretty obvious that they made about 100 choices leading up to that moment? Or how do you feel a...

Part two of a three part series applying the ideas from Drive by Daniel Pink to situations when team motivation flags mid project.

Developing expertise is satisfying and intrinsically motivating. Daniel Pink calls this motivation due to learning “mastery.” When starting something new, mastery is easily noticed because new skills are immediately need...

One of the very worst aspects of motivation is when it leaves you mid-project and you still have a long, long way to go. Everyone is so stoked at the beginning and the energy is contagious. Then time starts to drag and now everything seems terrible. If there is more energy around the project, the team would probably use it to question why anyone ev...

Do you remember the children’s story about the King and the Chef(s)? In case you forgot, the King is super picky about his food and whenever he gets a new Chef he doesn’t like the food so off with the Chef’s head. So some clever person gets the Chef job and invites the King to the kitchen to give advice on the spices and the King basically takes ov...

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