Posts Tagged ‘team’



When To Intervene When Things Go Wrong

My father, Dr. Bill Cooke (left) was a mainline denominational pastor, and during the late 60’s and early 70’s he started exploring the Charismatic renewal. As a result, he began teaching on the Holy Spirit, and our church really started growing. There was an explosion of interest in that subject at the time and people started coming from everywhere. But there was one problem: Read the full article »

Why Teams Rarely Rise Beyond the Level of the Leader

Leaders: If you’re frustrated at the level of your team or vendor’s performance, then look no further than the mirror.  Only in vary rare cases will a team perform better than the level of their leader.  Why?  Because it’s the leader who sets the boundaries, deadlines, and guidelines. It’s the leader who creates the culture, and sets expectations. As a result, no matter how gifted or creative a team is, if the leader is incompetent, insecure, or inexperienced, the team can only Read the full article »

Who You Work With Matters More Than You Think

We all joke about our co-workers.  We’re close to some, others drive us crazy, and a few seem outright evil.  Since we spend so much of our lives working in the office, more and more studies show that who we work with has a huge impact, not only on our performance, but on our personal health.  A recent study from Tel Aviv University tracked 820 workers for 20 years.  They discovered that our co-workers impact our health more than the hours we work, the stress, or our boss.  And it’s pretty serious – working with not-so-kind colleagues, actually increases our risk of dying.  In fact, Read the full article »

You Might Be Failing Because You’re Over-Reaching

When it comes to work and our career, we all want something better. Better equipment, more resources, a bigger team, and more. But many times when we get the opportunity, we overreach and end up with nothing. Let me give you an example: I consulted with a media organization recently and to really enhance capturing their live events, I suggested they get a camera jib (crane). As soon as I mentioned it, one of their video guys jumped into the conversation and said, Read the full article »

The Difference Between “Employees” and Real “Team Members”

I consulted with an organization recently who had a long-time employee that exemplified the difference between an “employee” and a real “team member.” In a nutshell, here’s some of the biggest differences that leaders should be noticing: Read the full article »

Your Ideas Won’t Happen with Someone Else’s Team

I’m pulling this post from the archives because I was reading Matthew 9:16 about putting new wine into old wineskins or sewing un-shrunk cloth on an old garment.  In Biblical days wine was kept in a leather bag or “skin,” because it could stretch as the wine aged.  But once it got old, the bag locked into it’s shape and lost the ability to stretch.  The concept is particularly important when it comes to leadership.  A few years ago I was asked to consult with a major ministry that had been on the national scene for a long time.  Now, a new leader wanted to bring it up to date – make it more contemporary, fresh, and relevant.  But the first thing I noticed was
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The Seven People On Your Team That Are Killing Your Organization

1) The One Trick Pony: I once worked with a person in charge of a nonprofit’s direct mail fundraising program. One time with the monthly donor letter he used yellow paper and noticed that he received an 6% higher than normal response. Assuming that was the only factor, he made a rule that from then on, all the organizations communications with donors had to be on yellow paper.  The One Trick Pony in your organization has tunnel vision. They only see one solution to everything, and it’s usually the wrong one. They’re not exploring other opportunities and giving you a Read the full article »

When Teamwork Kills

Working with teams is a great idea.  I’m a people person, and love to get the team around a table and hash out creative options and ideas.  But teams aren’t the whole answer to our problems.  While teams are great for brainstorming and developing ideas and options, teams can’t make decisions.  Sure you can vote, but if organizations were democracies, very little would ever get done.  A team can decide how to take the hill, but sooner or later, a Read the full article »

When Teamwork Doesn’t Work

I love teams.  I’m a people person and love to get a crowd in the room kicking around ideas.  But at the same time, I also know when to clear the room and get down to business.  Sometimes I think whoever invented the “open door policy” was an idiot, because sooner or later, you have to shut the door and start thinking.  Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon, writers of “I Hate People” discuss the issue in their book based on the difficulties of working in the modern office.  In the book, they insist that contemporary corporate America puts too much emphasis on teamwork.
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How to Be Welcomed into Higher Level Meetings

One of the biggest frustrations I hear from employees at organizations we work with, is that they don’t get invited into high level meetings.  They feel decisions are made at these meetings, but they have little or no input.  I understand how they feel.  When I was working my way up, I was always trying to get into higher level meetings.  But the point is, most employees don’t get invited for a few simple reasons.  In most cases, it’s not because they don’t have good ideas.  In most cases, it’s a value issue.  If you’re an employee, here’s a few thoughts that will help you get
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