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Learn Teamwork; Paddle a Dragon Boat

This weekend we trained in collaboration, focus and cooperation on the water while paddling!

Wells Fargo and several other companies sponsor Dragon Boat races at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It is incredibly fun, wildly competitive and brings together a huge group of paddlers from all over!

We are novice paddlers… still concerned […]

Know Yourself & Your Team

There are many ways to learn about your team members’ likes and dislikes, communication / task preferences, nicknames and all that. You can also take a skills or personality evalutaions test. There are many free tests online. One is the Keirsey Termperament Sorter (KTS-II) which has a free component and a series of tests you […]

Lunar New Year Celebrations in the SF Bay Area

This year we celebrated Lunar New Year at our company in several sites, for SF it was a catered lunch ($15), with lantern making, lion dancing, singing and tea tasting. We are also having a photo contest at work with contributions from historical photos, team member family photos and event photos. We have had so […]

Get Inspired – Volunteer!

The holidays can be tough enough, even when you have a job, good food, friends, a spouse, and kids + a dog that all love you. Imagine missing a few of these elements… it is much tougher. It might be nearly impossible…. and that’s why I volunteer. I know that I am lucky and I […]

Old Times, History and fun in October!

3rd Quarter has just ended. What do you want to celebrate?

It is snowing in the mountains. Or maybe, not yet. Here are some interesting tidbits, fun facts and information about dates in October. You can plan a team event around these days, or have a meeting with a theme. October 1: Born 1671 – […]

Making a Difference in Your Community

The Northern California fires were terrifying and devastating. Ash was dispersed by the high winds all over the SF Bay area. So many people lost everything, but this strong community bonded together.

After the fires were put out and the news of the devastation poured in… our team members wanted to help those affected.

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Resolve Work Conflicts Before They Get Personal

Great article on 5 Steps by Fast Company, worth reading. If your co-workers are getting stressed out and snapping more often than helping…. this quick read may add some perspective.

Five Steps To Resolve Work Conflicts Before They Get Personal Leadership from a team

I’ve worked in technology all my life. It is a great […]

TED: The Pecking Order

In her TED talk, “Forget the Pecking Order at Work,” Margaret Heffernan talks about the research of William Muir, an evolutionary biologist at Purdue. He studied egg laying productivity using two teams of chickens. One team was comprised of “super chickens” (the MVP’s) and the other was a group of average chickens. Muir studied these […]

“Workcation” increases Productivity?

This concept made me curious!

A “Workcation” is about fully immersing yourself in your work while also building in ways to get creative, relax, set goals, get a new perspective, and/or unwind.

Kari DePhillips, founder of the PR agency The Content Factory, planned a workcation with one of her employees, Kelly Chase, a digital strategist, […]

Leadership – From a Team

Every once in awhile, I’ll be working on a project that seems “out of whack”. It seems difficult – i.e., not enough participation or edgy questions that silence the room. Hearing “crickets” (=no response) always makes me wonder if people care or are paying attention. Making decisions by myself while on a team goes against […]