Connecting a Globally Distributed Team

Connecting a Globally Distributed Team

When we met Ian Coyne, the leader of Russell Reynolds’ global knowledge team, we didn’t need to convince him of the ROI of strong team relationships. Ian’s team plays a crucial role as the connective tissue and collective brain of the organization, supporting...

Deconstructing Constructive Feedback

We’re social creatures- we don’t want anyone to hate us. Unfortunately, what works in the wild doesn’t always work in the office, and our eagerness for social acceptance often manifests itself when we’re about to give our peers adequate feedback. That is to say, we...

Technology and Team Development

One of the most innovative investigations on team communications was undertaken by the MIT Human Dynamics Lab, which used wearable electronic sensors to collect data on team member communication behaviors — tone of voice, movements, body position…

How to Survive Teamwork in College

Since being at college, I’ve picked up on a few skills here and there. Although figuring out how to (finally) do laundry and being able to make my last five dollars stretch have been useful, the most valuable thing I’ve learned is the process of teamwork and overcoming its associated challenges. Starting from day one, teamwork and its integration in academic…

Is “Cultural Debt” hurting your organization’s growth?

While this post is about organizational culture as opposed to national culture, I’ll touch on my background just to help set the scene. I came from Ireland to New York City in the late ‘90s with no job or home lined up. All I had was a few hundred dollars to my name…

Personality Tests: The Gospel or a False God?

For those of us who enjoy taking personality tests and discussing the results, it is comforting to know that we have evolution to thank for the 10 minutes we just spent filling out a quiz on Which Clue Character You’re Most Like. Evolution has taught us to rely on...

Do you know what time your team gets hangry?

What are the little things that drive you nuts at work? Is it spelling mistakes in PowerPoint decks? Persistently late meeting arrivers? Or windowless conference rooms? Do you get uncomfortable when people talk over each other – or when someone is quiet and rarely...