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From bored to floored! Four ideas to design a GREAT team off-site.

Written by: Tim McCleary

I was sitting in a ballroom of a New York City hotel. The room was filled to capacity with more than 100 employees seated in teams of six. The room went dark. An over-sized projection screen lit up with a high octane video, punctuated with music and sound effects that put us in the center of the action of six customers’ lives.

From bored to floored! Four ideas to design a GREAT team off-site.2023-08-28T05:06:29+00:00

Do you like to be teased? The answer may surprise you.

Written by: Tim McCleary

Being teased for something we said or did as a kid was never a lot of fun. But, having our brains teased as an adult is something we’re actually built to seek-out.

Do you like to be teased? The answer may surprise you.2023-08-28T05:06:44+00:00

What’s your story? The power of authenticity.

Written by: Tim McCleary

It’s early morning. You walk into a hotel conference room to join a group of employees who have gathered for an off-site. After a brief welcome, you’re first up on the agenda. Your goal is to help the team members be authentic with each other – and that requires them to be vulnerable.

What’s your story? The power of authenticity.2023-08-28T05:07:12+00:00

Measure of success? The Cole Haan moment.

Written by: Tim McCleary

Shifting an organization’s culture is significantly more difficult than the challenges I faced in my first job. But, it still requires a means by which to gauge progress. So, what’s your measure of success? What’s your Cole Haan Moment?

Measure of success? The Cole Haan moment.2022-11-10T21:18:39+00:00

It’s all in your head.

Written by: Tim McCleary

Sometimes we bump into inspiration, like I did with the book stand at the San Jose, California, airport last month. Sometimes we literally trip over it, as was the case with the spray-painted message I saw last week on a sidewalk in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It’s all in your head.2022-11-10T21:33:34+00:00

Change like a hurricane.

Written by: Tim McCleary

It’s a nice day today here in Charlotte, North Carolina. As I write this, the sun is beaming into our office and the sky is filled with white, fluffy clouds. In stark contrast, a massive hurricane lurks off the coast of our state.

Change like a hurricane.2022-11-29T21:52:18+00:00

You’re being a nudge! But, it’s working.

Written by: Tim McCleary

There it was, a message screaming from my morning French vanilla latte – each and every day. But, was I listening? More importantly, was I acting on the nudge? The marketing team at Starbucks has mastered this technique.

You’re being a nudge! But, it’s working.2022-12-01T20:55:17+00:00

The out-of-office experiment. Can an email reply shift culture?

Written by: Tim McCleary

We’ve all done it. As we prepare to leave for vacation, we set our out-of-office reply. It’s a way of letting people know that we may be slow to respond while taking a break. However, this particular one had the power to shift the internal work culture.

The out-of-office experiment. Can an email reply shift culture?2022-12-01T21:02:05+00:00

Two perspectives. Boost change success with these shifts.

Written by: Tim McCleary

How often has this happened to you? You’re explaining something to another person and you feel you’re being crystal clear. However, the person you’re communicating with isn’t seeing it the way you are. Two views of the same thing, yet different.

Two perspectives. Boost change success with these shifts.2022-12-01T21:23:17+00:00

Want to accelerate change? Ride the brake.

Written by: Tim McCleary

So, it happened again this week. It’s likely happened to you, too — several times. I was driving down a busy road, approaching an intersection. I glanced up and saw the light had turned yellow. My foot instinctively pushed a little harder against accelerator to make it through the light.

Want to accelerate change? Ride the brake.2022-12-01T21:29:58+00:00