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Episode 71: Team Building Tip - How Cohesive Teams Behave

Episode 71: Team Building Tip - How Cohesive Teams Behave

September 27, 2015

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Today, I have another Team Building Tip for you. (Take a look at my other team building tips: Episode 57Episode 62, and Episode 65 )

One of my favorite leadership books is Patrick Lencioni's, 


Toward the end of this amazing book, Mr. Lencioni sums up his ideas by focusing on how a cohesive team behaves.

According to Lencioni, truly cohesive teams do the following:

1. They trust one another.

2. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.

3. They commit to decisions and plans of action.

4. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.

5. They focus on the achievement of collective results.


I hope that this makes you think about your team.

Does your team follow Lencioni's thoughts about a cohesive team?

For more info about teams, I encourage you check out The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, share it with your team members, and use it to help guide your team to becoming more cohesive.

Length: 7:46
Episode 70: Quick Tech Tip-Windows 10:Yes or No

Episode 70: Quick Tech Tip-Windows 10:Yes or No

September 20, 2015


Windows 10-It is here. 
Which makes us ask, "Should I push that button or not?"

On today's episode, David and I talk about whether you should go ahead and update your PC.
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Windows 10 is out! Yea...or meh...or...

Maybe you should wait, just in case they haven't figured out what bugs still exist. 

Unless you are still using XP or Vista, in which case it is probably time to buy a new computer, you are probably sitting with your finger over the submit button.

David and I have some fun with this topic, but in the end you will hear our thoughts.

Check out the Windows 10 site and 

Length: 20:09

Episode 69: Dr. Ruby Payne & Understanding Poverty

Episode 69: Dr. Ruby Payne & Understanding Poverty

September 10, 2015
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Dr. Payne is the author of more than a dozen books, a speaker, a publisher, and a life-long educator. 

She is also the founder of aha! Process, Inc.


Her most famous work, at least for educators, is A Framework for Understanding Poverty: a Cognitive Approach. 

Her book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and is the 2014 winner of the Revere Award-The Golden Lamp!


This summer she spoke with the teachers, administrators and school staff of all of our member systems.

Dr. Payne talked about how poverty situations impact learning and affect the children and families who the schools serve. She explained the Hidden Rules among classes and talked about the differences between men and women and why they are important to know and understand.


She addressed the importance of relationship building between the staff and families to encourage participation in classes as well as the school as a whole.

Dr. Payne was inspiring and encouraging. After speaking for the day, I was able to talk with her about her work.

I hope that her thoughts will encourage you to learn more about how to work with children and families who are impacted by generational poverty.

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Length: 23:49

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