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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
 
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
 
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
 
Let’s change the world, one ego at a time (starting with mine)

Let’s change the world, one ego at a time (starting with mine)

By Lara Nuer 15 years ago this day, Claire Nuer (pictured at left) who co-founded the LaL methodology 30 years ago, passed away.  She was my mother, my mentor and my best friend. She inspired these thoughts in me, as a wish for 2014 and beyond. I believe we are born with a need to ... Read More
 
How to Conduct Your Own In-Depth 360º Feedback

How to Conduct Your Own In-Depth 360º Feedback

by Jonathan London, Feedback Specialist  Feedback. It’s not a word that typically conjures up a ton of positive feelings. Throw “360º” in the mix, and many people’s eyes glaze over. But people don’t inherently dislike feedback. I actually think most of us crave specific information on how we’re perceived, how we impact those around us, ... Read More
 

Embrace Your Weirdness: “A great leadership resource”

By Shayne Hughes What makes you weird is what sparks innovation. In his humorous TEDx talk, LaL Academic Advisory Board member Dr. Martin Davidson, professor of leadership at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, explores the challenges and benefits of embracing your ‘weirdness’. Dr. Davidson shares his personal journey and professional research on how ... Read More
 
Launching our latest book: The Bumpy Road to Collaboration!

Launching our latest book: The Bumpy Road to Collaboration!

By Carole Lévy A lot of you have heard me — over the last ten years — talking about my process to express my creativity and write a book. I am thrilled to announce that my first published book The Bumpy Road to Collaboration is finally out! It has been my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious ... Read More
 
Repairing Broken Trust on a Team

Repairing Broken Trust on a Team

By Laura Gates I often hear similar reasons from leadership teams from very different organizations for why they can’t accomplish the work they’ve set out to do together: 1.    I can’t trust “so and so.”  And when I ask, “Well, did you talk to “so and so” about the issue you’re having with them?” I ... Read More