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The Poison Curing Potion: 4 Ways to Prevent Team Dysfunction

Posted on April 17, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

When I look back at the times in my life when I’ve worked on unhealthy teams, the analogy that comes to mind is that dysfunction is like a poison.  Your team is sick, but you may not know it yet.  Then something happens and you try to dismiss it.  You justify it or explain it away.  Eventually though, there’s no escaping the reality that you have a...

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Blazing A New Trail

Posted on April 15, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

I have been asked many times since I retired at P&G what it was like working on a real High Performance Team. The truth is that it really only happened to me a few times in my 34+ years - but when I experienced the power of a HPT, it was truly unforgettable. The first time it happened to me was when I decided (voluntarily) in 1987...

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Superhero Alignment—6 Questions to Unlock the Power of High Performance

Posted on April 10, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

Achieving the extraordinary isn’t reserved for superheroes and you don’t have to enlist Captain America as your team leader to accomplish something remarkable.  In fact, most high performing teams are comprised of fairly regular members.  History offers plenty of examples of teams that have taken individuals from average backgrounds and created something truly extraordinary.  The Miracle Mets of 1969, the Rolling Stones, and SEAL Team 6 are...

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Action, with a capital A

Posted on April 08, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

“I’d like to say that we’re a diverse collection of mostly average people – almost a melting pot, if you will, of former retailers, housewives, college trainees, and just people from all walks of life. But the factor that has set us apart from the beginning are those qualities hidden inside for the most part in our associates that have seemed to confound the experts. One of...

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High Performance Is Not A Puzzle

Posted on April 03, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

Think back to the best holiday celebration you ever experienced. Or what it was like to be on a perennial sport powerhouse or a consistently best-in-class performing art, not-for-profit or business team.

Remember when you were part of an amazing group producing those results? Remember how understanding of and commitment to the goal was shared by all involved – how everyone was clear on their...

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