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What Actually Makes a Successful Team

What Actually Makes a Successful Team

By Marc-Andre Olivier Google recently conducted an internal study of 180+ active Google teams to find out what was the secret sauce of the most successful ones. They assumed it would be some particular combination of engineers, personality types and flavors of achievers, but they were dead wrong. It wasn’t about who was on the ... Read More
 
Multitasking: Public Enemy #1 of the Strategic Leader

Multitasking: Public Enemy #1 of the Strategic Leader

Do you ever come to the end of a work day feeling spent, aware you’ve been slammed all day, putting out fires, responding to near-incessant demands, but still wonder what you really accomplished? You’re not alone. In “Multitasking: Public Enemy #1 of the Strategic Leader”, LaL’s Chief Possibilities Officer Marc-Andre Olivier tells the story of ... Read More
 
What does neuroscience have to say about hot buttons? A LOT!

What does neuroscience have to say about hot buttons? A LOT!

Longtime LaL senior executive coach, culture change partner and facilitator Carole Levy – our cartoonist-in-residence – shares her unique perspective on the neuroscience of the birth and nurturing of our ego’s hot buttons in her popular blog series, “Hot Button Mastery”. For a brief overview on where the roots of our perceived threats reside, and ... Read More
 
3 Leadership Dysfunctions That Could Be Costing You Millions

3 Leadership Dysfunctions That Could Be Costing You Millions

Brandon Black, the former CEO of Encore Capital, was a client of LaL’s for several years while he struggled to grow the company in a challenging industry — debt collection. Brandon teamed up with his coach, LaL President Shayne Hughes, and the LaL team to change the culture of Encore, starting at the top. This ... Read More
 
Five Things Bosses Fear to Say that Would Help

Five Things Bosses Fear to Say that Would Help

By Shayne Hughes The work we do at LaL is a daily reminder that many well-intentioned leaders have it backwards when it comes to motivating employee engagement and productivity. It’s not as much about rigid structures, stiff upper lips and knowing it all. The research shows that employees tend to respond more to authenticity, caring ... Read More
 
Ditching the Email Mindset for Greater Productivity

Ditching the Email Mindset for Greater Productivity

By Shayne Hughes It’s been three years since LaL did our no-email-for-a-week experiment and Forbes.com and NPR covered it. So I was surprised to get a call last week from MainStreet.com for an article. Evidently, email – like a Chinese water torture of constant demand – is still a huge source of pain, frustration and ... Read More
 
A New Take on the “F” Word

A New Take on the “F” Word

 By Shayne Hughes What if setbacks were the birthplace of creativity and radical progress towards our goals instead of embarrassment to avoid at all cost? In my first article for The Good Men Project, I look at the taboo topic of “failure” with a fresh perspective and offer a different way to think about it: ... Read More
 
Are you acknowledging the Ray Rice inside of you?

Are you acknowledging the Ray Rice inside of you?

By Shayne Hughes As a man, I found the video of Ray Rice hitting his wife deeply troubling. The fact that they were apparently screaming at each other, and she spit in his face right before he hit her, doesn’t excuse his violence. I’m supportive of the tougher suspension given to Rice, and to the ... Read More
 
Forgo Your Ego or Forget the Promotion

Forgo Your Ego or Forget the Promotion

by Lara Nuer When Dan, a former two-star U.S. Navy Admiral, now COO of a $500 million company, publicly berated a VP during an executive meeting, it was the last straw. Having taken this abuse one too many times in less charged settings, the VP quit on the spot, becoming the catalyst for Dan to ... Read More
 
Making Others Good: The Crossword Puzzle

Making Others Good: The Crossword Puzzle

LaL alumna Kathy Makowski, Director of Human Resources at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, enjoyed our downloadable booklet Making Others Good: The Crucial Tool for Transforming Dysfunction in Your Organization so much, she created a crossword puzzle around its concepts to share with her colleagues to help them lock in the lessons. We at LaL ... Read More