Tag: team-based system

The HOT Plan™: Elephant, anyone?

General Creighton Abrams began his distinguished military career in World War II, continued as a General and commander in Vietnam, and eventually became Chief of Staff for the United States Army.  Abrams’ exceptional ability was recognized early by General George S. Patton.

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The Hot Plan™: The secret sauce in your Ethos

Ethos. Now that’s an intriguing word. Ethos is defined as the spirit of a culture; the underlying values that inform the beliefs and practices of a group; the dominant assumptions that motivate their aspirations and guide their plans. If your company desires

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The HOT Plan™: Setting up Targets

A target is similar to a goal, but includes a benchmark. It isn’t set up on the fly, and you won’t hit a target by accident. No, not by a long shot.  Specific accomplishments must be achieved to hit the

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The HOT Plan™: Targeting Success

It happened again just the other day. “So, what do you do at Pitsco?” a new acquaintance asked me at a networking event. He was just making small talk, but there I was again, facing my eternal conundrum. These types

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The HOT Plan™: Sustaining High-Functioning Teams

If high-functioning teams are the engine of business success, what does it take to turbocharge the engine? Rewards, recognition, integration and support, say authors Glenn Parker, Jerry McAdams and David Zielinski in their book Rewarding Teams: Lessons from the Trenches.

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The HOT Plan™: Team meetings and the school cafeteria

Everyone loves to hate meetings. Like school cafeteria food, meetings often serve up bland fare that deserves all the complaints that follow. But teams can’t work without meetings. Meetings are, in fact, a major key to team success. This is

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The HOT Plan™: When to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em.

Is there ever a good time to disband a team? About once a year, Pitsco’s executive team, Tribal Council, evaluates our company teams to see what is working, what is not, which teams should continue and which should be dissolved.

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The HOT Plan™: The surprising key to great team leaders

A boss, a captain, a coach or a taskmaster? Which word best describes the team leaders you are looking for? Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and leadership often goes to the person with the most machismo, the one

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The HOT Plan™: Teams and the well-rounded life

Being well-rounded has a positive ring to it. If your aim is to give 100% at work, yet still make time for yourself, your family and friends, volunteer, and your spiritual life, kudos to you! You are probably well on

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The HOT Plan™: Who’s on first?

Who’s on first? What’s on second? And I Don’t Know is on third … How do you pick the best members for your HOT teams? Abbot and Costello’s classic baseball comedy routine, “Who’s On First?” never gets old. Abbot warns

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