Teamwork – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

I recently finished reading The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.  It’s the story of “Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”  And what a story!  Even though it’s early in the year, I know this book will be one of my favorite books of 2016, the same way you watch a movie early on and know it is destined for Oscar nominations.

Before reading this book, I knew nothing about crew and little about the importance of the ’36 Olympics in the context of the Nazi propaganda machine and the controversy about U.S. participation in the games.  This book is unforgettable portrait of that time, as well as a record of one person’s quest to overcome incredible odds to achieve something few of us can even relate to.

More than that, this is a book about teamwork and the exponential difference it makes in one’s ability to perform at levels beyond all expectations and accomplish things that no one would really believe possible.

If you’ve ever worked with an extraordinary team, you may have experienced the notion that some call “flow,” or “being in the zone.”  It’s the place where true synergy kicks in and the whole far exceeds the sum of its individual parts.  In rowing, this is referred to as “swing,” and when this crew achieves that level of performance, nothing can stop them.  The story is so well written that the reader feels that he or she is right in the boat with the boys.  And it’s a truly beautiful experience.

In business, this level of teamwork is transformational, and yet, it is also rare. Yet, it’s achievable!  I speak from personal experience, as one who has been part of such a team and as one who has had the privilege to lead such a team.  And now, I want to help you transform your team into a cohesive, high-performing, high-achieving team that gets the results you want.

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 It all starts with understanding what makes a team dysfunctional, so that you can avoid that, and exactly what it takes to turn your team into a competitive advantage for your organization.  I can’t think of a better time to share this with you than right now, as you are preparing to have your best year ever.

If you are serious about having—and leading—the best possible team in 2016, join me for my FREE Webinar:  Teamwork – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage. I look forward to seeing you there!

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My Highlights 2015 – What Were Yours?

Happy New Year!

By way of sharing my highlights in 2015, I am also providing some resources that you might find helpful for setting up your success in the New Year.

One of the significant highlights of 2015 was presenting a signed copy of my book to my coach, mentor and teacher, Brendon Burchard.  Brendon encouraged me to write the book and further paved the way by introducing me to the publisher.

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Of course, a big highlight was actually publishing the book.  There is nothing to compare with opening a box filled with copies of a book you wrote, when it arrives at your front door.  It’s a moment to savor.

If you don’t yet have your copy, you can get it here:

Other highlights:

    • Attending High Performance Coaching [Re]-Certification, an opportunity to interact with a small group of extraordinary people truly committed to improving the lives of others. Learn more about my high performance coaching program here.
    • Delivering the Keynote to the New Jersey Bankers’ Association Women in Banking at their annual conference and to Seton Hall’s Executive Suite Program, among others.  Read about the reaction here.
    • Facilitating Leadership Retreats and Workshops for business owners and executives who want to improve their results and the effectiveness in leading high performing teams.  Learn more about these programs during my FREE Webinar on Creating the Ultimate Competitive Advantage through Teamwork.
    • Reading over 30 fabulous books.  If you are looking for a great book, you can see my top recommendations here.
    • Meeting in person with my Mastermind Group for several days of sharing, teaching, learning, supporting and challenging one another to rise to another level in our work. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of a mastermind, let me know here.
    • Traveling to Germany, where we had the chance to re-visit the area where my husband served in the U.S. Army many years ago. Then, moving on to re-explore the South of France, with some good friends, visiting some outstanding museums, and of course, enjoying great food and great wine.
    • And, as always, spending time with family and friends sharing adventures, a few laughs, good food and wine while creating memories that last.

All in all, it was a very good, very full year.  I’d love to hear about some of your highlights from 2015.  Just add them to the comments! And, if you need help, use the questions in my year end assessment to help jog your memory. Get Your Year End Assessment Here