How to Make the Most of Activities for Team Building

Whether you’re talking about activities for team building or any sort of in-office collaborative work, few things can be more damaging to group interactions than a toxic personality.  You know the sort of people: Constantly self-aggrandizing. Always finger-pointing to dodge blame. Endlessly negative towards the contributions of others. Full of…

The Best of Intentions

Have you ever heard co-workers engaged in a conflict exclaim, “I didn’t mean it that way”? “Intentions” play a crucial part in dust ups like this. Nine times out ten, you didn’t mean to hurt someone — in fact, you were trying to help them!  So why does it always…

Five Questions We Should Be Asking About Competition

“Competition is the worst possible arrangement as far as relationship is concerned” –educator Alfie Kohn (1986) In one of my recent articles, I discussed the great Alfie Kohn’s controversial thoughts about rewards and recognition. Perhaps even more thought-provoking are Kohn’s ideas about competition, raised in his seminal and fascinating work,…