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Making Teams Great! The New Frontier for Team Performance

High performance teams are not just a collection of high performance people. We all know this.  And yet nearly every talent management technique we use today is focused on the individual.  We have individual performance reviews. We celebrate individual high performers. Even in our work in Diversity & Inclusion, we talk about adding individual people of diverse backgrounds. Today, nearly everyone works in teams. Even jobs that used to be considered more independent, such as sales or accounting, now require collaboration with others – and everyone is expected to become more connected with their customers and clients. In this workshop, we examine the different teams that you are a part of or that you lead. We challenge the myth of the individual hero and ask you to consider what each person on your team contributes to overall team cohesion and success – contributions that perhaps you haven’t allocated value to in the past. And we explore why diverse teams can be more successful, but only if they are well managed by leaders who are adept at managing diversity.

The Power of a Personal Brand:  Companies invest a large amount of resources developing their brands because they understand how critical branding is to the success of their business. Yet, individuals often think that developing a personal brand is more marketing fluff than substantive value. Whether you work for a company, are building your own startup, or are developing your own business offerings, developing your own personal brand is critical to your success. This is true now more than ever before as our communication pathways get more congested and it becomes harder and harder to differentiate the work that you do from all the other people who do this same thing. In this talk, I explain what a personal brand is, why it's important, and what makes a powerful brand. And I let you in on a secret - you already have one, whether you know it or not. It just might be a brand you don’t want.

 

Don’t Just Set Goals. Achieve Them!:  Professional and business goals all too often fall the way of New Year's Resolutions - lots of lists, little follow through.  Charles Duhigg's book "The Power of Habit" discusses a great framework, the Habit Loop, for achieving your goals by turning desired actions into habits.  In this talk, I give you a way to think about setting the right goals for you. Once you have identified goals that are appropriate for your particular strengths and circumstances, I explain how habits relate to achieving your goals and how you can use the Habit Loop to break out from old patterns to achieve the goals you set for yourself and your company.