Monthly Archives: September 2011

What to Watch?

I couldn’t decide which show I would rather watch: the team on the field or the team upstairs.  Drama was unfolding in both locations. Sitting in the corporate suite at a professional sporting event provides a unique perch from which to observe team dynamics.

On the field, outstanding talent and proactive communication had combined to create a quick tally on the scoreboard. The crowd was roaring. Upstairs, a blend of veterans and newcomers were still feeling each other out.  Putting a tally on the scoreboard would require clinching a deal. Stadium quality hotdogs and corporate sponsored beverages occupied the hands of most spectators. Participants were either using their hands to greet others or to manufacture athleticism. The game was being played in a parallel universe.

Upstairs, vocal tones and timbres ebbed and flowed in concert with the approach and avoidance of prospective business partners. On the field, fans vociferously encouraged good play and derided mistakes. Everyone was in a fishbowl. The quantity of activity seemingly unrelated to scoring far outpaced measurable wins in both locations.  All of the movement on the field of play and in the corporate suite had a meaningful flow packed with good intentions and targeted objectives. Both closeness and distance were employed to accelerate or slow the dance between temporary mates. Testing and improvisation was everywhere. As the evening wore on, both teams gradually zeroed in on their goals.

In close and hard-fought matches, the night ended with two wins. The home team outscored their opponents on the field as a direct result of superior teamwork. Upstairs, partnerships defined the victory. Mutual benefit trumped the notion of one entity taking something from another. Entrepreneurial collaboration generated opportunities for both vendor and client. As tens of thousands of spectators and participants flowed shoulder-to-shoulder from their playing fields to the parking lots to their homes, congratulatory noises echoed against the internal silent celebrations filling the thoughts of the winners.

Effective teaming at its best!

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E-Launch Weekend: tell your friends!

The opportunity begins at noon on Friday 9/23 and ends at noon on Monday 9/26. Thanks to Mawi Books for lowering the price of Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams to an affordable $.99 for our E-Launch Weekend. Just click the link below for access to the Amazon Kindle Store and upload a copy to your favorite e-reader device.

http://tinyurl.com/6jupnfl

Our goal is to provide as many people as possible with this simple tool for creating healthy and effective teams. Since being published in 2009, Team Clock has been adopted by thriving businesses such as Kraft Foods, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Advocate Healthcare and KIPP Schools. We welcome you to join these colleagues in learning this simple model for optimizing team performance in the new economy.

Learn more at www.teamclock.com

Coming soon to a Kindle near you

It seems every time I ride the train into the city there are increasing numbers of commuters reading e-books on their laptops, smartphones and tablets. As Mawi Books prepared to release the Kindle version of Team Clock, I urged my publisher to make it accessible and affordable to readers. He asked whether $.99 would qualify as accessible and affordable if he was able to make it available at that price for a limited time.

The Team Clock e-launch weekend kicks off on Friday 9/23. While the Kindle edition is available on Amazon currently, fiscal wisdom suggests waiting for the $.99 window of opportunity. Save the link below, stay tuned for the price drop and tell your friends!

http://www.amazon.com/Team-Clock-Guide-Breakthrough-ebook/dp/B005I674GY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1315958765&sr=1-1