Collaboration – Why is the truth so damn hard to say?

In his timeless book The Five Dysfunctions of Team Patrick Lencioni writes: “When people are completely truthful with one another, an amazing dynamic is created.” So why then is it so damn hard to be truthful with each other? Let’s start by attempting to have a shared meaning of “Truth” Truth …

Productivity: Disturb / Do Not Disturb

Interruptions Stink Let’s face it:  Interruptions and distractions are definitely issues that tamper with productivity. It doesn’t matter these days if you’re in an collocated workspace environment, or remote. Teamwork and collaboration requires frequent communication. Yet we want to make sure that doesn’t derail our train of thought. So instead of going back …

Setting Agile Team Expectations and Agreements

By communicating clear expectation and agreements,  teams create an environment where positive norms – rather than default habits – become their operating guidelines. Think of the “Team Agreements” as the glue that helps binds a team together. This glue: Fosters trust and openness Creates a common vision Generates a nutrient rich environment for …

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