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10 Reasons Why Teams Function At Less Than 100%. Yes Your Team Too!

10 Top Reasons Why Teams Function At Less Than 100%. Often Well Below 100 per cent.  Is This Your Situation? dysfunction_junction_cold_spring_ny_photowalk-e1339601940384Strengthen Your Teams With Team Enhancement Ideas For Any Workplace.

When Teams Are Not Functioning At Peak Levels?  You Feel It Everyday. You See The Signs Everyday.    

I think of football.  Clearly a team game.  One of the greatest football coaches ever, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots defined team success very well. It applies to business, organizations or sports

“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

by Bob Rempel,  RempelGroup Partners      bob_dec2015

Most Teams function well below optimum. Far below optimum. This almost seems to be the norm. The expectation.

Is this your situation or similar to it?  It doesn’t matter whether you are in a leadership position in a small or large business, a nonprofit or social enterprise, educational organizations or other organization, have a sports team at any level, or you have virtual or real teams or a combination of both.  The symptoms are the same.

It’s something you’re feeling.  You see it too.

*Measurable results are slipping.

*Deadlines are missed.

*Negativity about projects and customers seems to be increasing.

*People are not engaged.

*You don’t hear laughter.

*Attendance at voluntary events seems to be declining.

Are these familiar to you?  Do you see some of these other symptoms:

*Lack of enthusiasm about core aspects of your business or strategy.

*Abandon ship thinking.  No belief in the future for the

*No belief in the future of the business.

*Unsupportive of other team members and a me-first approach.

*Problem solving shows no energy, no creativity, no initiative.

In a sports sense, when I coached high-performance level athletes, we used to say the team member was playing for the name on the back of the jersey, not the team name on the front.

This is critical if you want a high functioning team at an executive level.   I adopted the phrase in my executive management over the years that I heard from many of my capable superiors and leaders over the years.

“I trust your ability and talent, bring me solutions, not just problems.”

Contrast that with the following voices you could be hearing:

*Work life is Fun

*Work life is Challenging but it’s good for me.

*I like the people I work with.

*There are some amazing people here and I liked them more as I got to know them better.

*I’m excited about our new Project.  I understand it and I think it will be great for the business.

*I like the people I work with. There are some amazing people here. and I liked them more as I got to know them better.

*I like (Leader’s Name).  I don’t always agree with him or her, but I respect him/her for their knowledge and experience, their obvious hard work and dedication, but most importantly, how they at least listen to what I have to say.  I don’t expect they will do everything I want, but I need to be heard.

Take a minute and think about situations where teamwork is never required or the team structure is not used.   Yes, team performance is not closely monitored and maximizing team performance is not important.

Whether it’s Big Business, Small Business, Government from local levels on up,  NonProfit Organization and Social Enterprises,

I’ve been a Team Leader most of my work life and a long time Team Head Coach in sports at high-performance levels.  The best teams had specific qualities or lacked these qualities.

The Sylvia LaFair recent Inc article Top 10 Reasons Why Teams Fail And What To Do,  summarized this best I feel.

Here are the 10 pitfalls to watch out for, as per LaFair.  Turn the pitfalls around and add them to your team work at your business or organization.

  1. Lack of explanation: there needs to be an initial explanation of the business case for change and the purpose of working together in a new way.
  2. Lack of envisioning: without a clear vision of what the future will look like there is nothing to go toward.
  3. Lack of resources: without buy-in as to what will be needed to get to the vision of the future, people feel they are only going to have one oar to row the boat.
  4. Lack of accountability: the need for a specific and structured way to make sure people say what they mean and do what they say.
  5. Lack of planning: must have specific team action plans and deadlines that are possible to reach, even if they have to stretch.
  6. Lack of encouragement: no procedures in place to close skill gaps and have extra training where needed.
  7. Lack of conflict strategies: no agreed upon ways to handle conflict so it does not simmer and fester.
  8. Lack of collaboration: ways to put diverse individuals together to find new solutions to old problems.
  9. Lack of inclusion: everyone needs to know the big picture issues and have a way to participate in adding their point of view.
  10. Lack of reinforcement: make sure that time is given for individuals to voice frustrations and concerns so they do not end up sabotaging by going behind closed doors.

Michael Hyatt says the key factor in dysfunctional teams is Connection.  His comments are worth quoting in its entirety.  “Feeling Connected in the workplace is absolutely critical.  In fact, in my opinion, it may be the number one Life Force driving all positive growth in people, companies, sports teams.

In both cases what’s missing is Connection. If there’s no connection to the organizational vision, the team leader, other teammates, or organizational outcomes, then leaders will fight uphill battles on engagement every day.

But if leaders cultivate those connections, they’ll build teams that are enthusiastic about driving results for the organization.”

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Hyatt says there are four things to do:

Remembering the critical link to Cconnection, here are four ways guaranteed to boost team engagement:

  1. Connect your team to the vision. When our teammates don’t understand or care how their daily tasks serve organizational goals, it’s nearly impossible for them to maintain interest in their work. People laying bricks stay inspired when they realize they’re building cathedrals. So take time to explain the why behind the what.
  2. Connect your team to you as their leader. People don’t work for companies; they work for other people. Often, folks don’t engage because their leaders don’t engage them. When leadership is faceless, two-dimensional, or dismissive, they lose interest (or never commit to begin with). It’s the leader’s job to go first—build rapport, demonstrate concern, and personally invest.
  3. Connected your team to one another. People stay engaged with their work when they are engaged with their coworkers. Toxic organizational culture breeds disengagement—emotionally healthy people will find their way to the door. Leaders should look for ways to cultivate mutual appreciation and create opportunities for positive shared experiences.
  4. Connect your team to your results. One of the most important things I did as a leader at Thomas Nelson was to begin regularly sharing our company financials. People could see what their daily work did to shape the quarter and the year. Transparency is a leader’s friend. Don’t be afraid to share the metrics and underscore the relationship between team efforts and organizational results.

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Lack of trust is a team-performance-killer if there ever was one. Combined with the corrosive effect of low-trust, lack of trust often prevents people from speaking up about performance issues.

So for leaders with concern about team performance issues, you need to go back to the basics or fundamentals as we do in most things when we have low levels of performance.  This is certainly how we approached when I coached international and national level teams and athletes.

At the core, Teams are composed of Individual People.  Take the time to really get to know the people on the team. As people, as individuals.  Let the people on the team get to know the people on the team.  Take the physical workplace out of the situation in some cases, but in other team growth actions, keep it in, because that is context.

Taking Action:  Our prescription for you involves creating an experiential and growth opportunity combination for your Team Members. Create the opportunity for them to invest fully in the mission, strategy, and tactics for the future of the business, organization or team.  Create the opportunity for a memorable experience and bonding where people at all levels truly get to know and understand each other and Connect.  Hire a Coach for your Team(s), on an ongoing basis.  Retain a Coach for yourself as the business or organizational leader

I invite you to review our “Crush The Competition…Hug Your Customers-Embrace Your Community” Strategy Retreats & Workshops for Leaders and Teams” in our favorite location, Ixtapa, Mexico.  A real hidden gem and great surroundings for the best possible Retreat, we feel.  We and our Partners, create customized experiential learning events for Teams, and hold open to all 3-day Workshops in early December, 2016 and mid January, 2017.  Follow us or subscribe to get updates on our programs.

Sources Credit:  Michael Hyatt and Sylvia LaFair

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Narcos TV Story To Help Coach CEO’s & Teams On Crushing The Competition At New Retreats Program

Crush Them + With Customers + Community + More

Crush Them + With Customers + Community + More

Business Coach-Consultant Says Narcos TV Show Will Help Him Coach CEO’s & Teams To “Crush The Competition” At A New Retreats Program Just Launched     

Immediate Release: Worldwide

Contact: Bob Rempel
Address: Ixtapa, Mexico/Winnipeg, Canada
Phone:  Email to set up phone contact
Alternate Phone Number: please email
Email: bob@bobrempel.com
URL: www.bobrempel.com

Summary:  Now Underway: Crushing The Competition Retreats For Leaders and Teams but in a Enlightened Way, with a Heart…and Community and World View…The New Enlightened Business Model Designed For Long-Term Success.  Developed By A Social Enterprise Expert….It’s About Cause Marketing…Communication…Consultation…Customers…Competitor Intelligence…Then The Crush!

“Crush The Competition-Hug Your Customers-Embrace Your Community & The World” (The CHE Program) Retreat style experience and training has been launched by Bob Rempel, Business Consultant/Coach & Partners, to help business leaders and their teams win decisively at the competitive game, create far better strategy and tactics, and do it by using enlightened approaches, including Customer Engagement and Community/World Involvement.

The final program curriculum and choice of presenters is custom designed with attendees, however, Rempel, a 35 year business and non-profit leadership veteran from Canada, and social enterprise and cause marketing specialist, said we can announce now that a semi-comedic presentation on What Narcos TV  and Cartels Can Teach Us About Business & “Crushing The Competition”, which will lead into the Epilogue, also semi-comedic presentation, Crushing The Competition With Heart And Ethics, using additional examples from Navy Seals and the New England Patriots and many others will typically be part of the agenda.

20-20 Business Vision For The Year 2020 & Beyond, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence, Keys To Making Your Business Customer Centric, Audience Not Content is King, Having Real Conversations with Customers, Turning Customers Into Fans and Advocates and Competitor Intelligence Strategies are also typically part of the curriculum program, he said, often in experiential ways. More details on content available upon request.

“The first thing we heard when we planning this is “””don’t just give us the same old stuff again that everyone else puts on year after year,”” said Rempel.   We heard, ””Get creative, give us interesting content, inspiring locations, make us laugh, let’s be truly experiential, and don’t isolate us from the local community.””  We heard more, of course, such “don’t abandon us after you’ve got us started on the right track…”

This is our intention, he said.  The Retreat fee also includes a minimum six-month contract and services arrangement with the client by the Rempel Team, Rempel said.  You might call it their own “VP of Competition Crushing” and partner in progress, he said.  We only win as consultants if we ensure that our Clients are truly successful with the strategy and tactics, (“crushin’ it so to speak”) and receive many times the value of their one time Retreat cost in revenues, reduced costs and enhanced image. That’s our team’s Customer Value and high ROI commitment, said Rempel.

The collaborative training and experiential 3, 5, or 7-day Retreats are custom styled for each Group, with locations and content providers to be set with Clients.  Attendance open to teams of 2 or more with the best value for groups of 10 plus.

Where clients have no preference, home base for the events is Ixtapa, Mexico, regarded as the “home of million dollar sunsets”, by Tourism officials.  A choice of full cultural immersion and palapa under the stars sleeping to 5-star beachside accommodations is offered. A CEO Only Leadership Networking and Strategies To Year 2020 Mastermind style event will also be held, in the next six months, with dates to be announced shortly.

The Retreat events are open to business participation worldwide.  The natural focus initially is on North America and Mexico, but we will be promoting it broadly as well to Asian businesses wishing to create networks with North American and Latin America enterprise.

“At this particular moment, our crack research staff has determined that there are 153,049 businesses or organization operating worldwide where the CEO or Board Chair just heard or saw a comment, “Our/Their business strategy sucks” or a key staff member was overheard commenting or texting “We’ve got good people but we can’t pull together as a team”, says Rempel.  

“Those numbers are with my tongue firmly planted in cheek he said.  It’s probably much, much higher. We’ve got room to grow”   

As part of our program launch and other promotional initiatives, we’ll soon be launching a Nominations page  where employees and friends of these struggling companies, and even the CEO himself or herself, can nominate companies, organizations, sports organizations, and non-profits who should be “crushing the competition” but for various reasons are not.  

“The training and experience have serious intent and lasting end results for the businesses who participate, but we promise much fun, other great experiences, and cultural immersion that will have a lasting impact on the individual team members.  It won’t be just another Retreat,” Rempel concluded, “or we’ve failed”.

Media representatives can contact us for more information by email:  bob@bobrempel.com or via Twitter @bobremp 

A further announcement will be made shortly on this site to announce the Business Nominations contest.

Businesses interested in more information can contact Rempel Partners at “bob at rempelgroup.com”

 

 

Make Warm Contacts, Warm Calls

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Today I share a very basic but often overlooked method of building solid long term contacts. I’ve always hated cold calling. Selling at its worst, I felt. Most people are the same. [bctt tweet=”Never cold call again to steal a title from a sales book. Make warm calls.” username=”bobremp”]

My personal approach to it is simply look for current opportunities to contact specific individuals generally in your target markets where you can congratulate them on a recent positive announcement, promotion, even offer a referral. Make the connection by having something substantive to say, to offer.

Never ask for a purchase decision, even through referencing an event or a product you are working on it quite acceptable as long as it is part of the conversation. You’ll see opportunities in traditional media, in your social media and comments from friends and others. Phone or an email with appropriate non sales subject line work best. Reference other individuals you both know if appropriate.

Here is Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus’s article, “How To Make Warm Calls” and what he does. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisKubby

“Here is a very simple trick to make it rain.

Okay maybe it won’t rain cash-money upon you. I’m not magical, although someone did call me a wizard the other day. But this simple trick has helped me pick up new projects and keep revenue coming in.

You’ve heard of the cold call right? Well the warm call is just like that but…err warm. Let me explain. The warm call is about calling a prospect that you already have real contact with, at the right time. Here’s how I do it.

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I pay attention on social media. Is that prospect interacting with me or my company? Liking my posts, commenting? What are THEY posting on social. Can I comment?

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I make a call to them, a physical phone call – remember those? Phone calls might seem old school but they give you way more context and opportunity than email.

 

I typically get people on the phone right after lunch or early morning. Once on the call I make a light pitch, or I comment on something they’ve done. I deliver a clear, thoughtful and non-pushy message which basically says “If you need help in (insert your service), we can help and were doing it all ready for Company X, Y, and Z.

See no real magic here, just thoughtful and good communication. If you do this you’ll find people to be very receptive and you might sell something. Typically I end up a lot wiser than I was before the call because people will give you information such as new hires, perhaps they are changing roles soon, or when they are doing their budgeting etc… Make note of this information, the more informed you are the better position you’ll be in to create success.”

by Chris Kubbernus
Twitter: @ChrisKubby

Want more information.  Contact us below and please check out Rempelgroup.com for our coaching, strategy and leadership services, or our Integrity Online Agency where we create media authorities, and social media influencers and more.

 

5 Great Reasons To Schedule A Summer Strategy Session For Your Business in Ixtapa, Mexico Now!

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Stop Please! Don’t Make All Your Summer Plans Just Yet! Are You Letting Your Business or Organization, Your Personal Brand, Your Team Building, and even your Relationship Slide Downhill?

5 Great Reasons To Schedule A Summer Strategy Session in Ixtapa, Mexico now!

CI_090224_127_1It’s summer time and the living should be easy. You’ve heard the song. Most of you don’t live in the land of the Endless Summer that some of us are blessed with, so the pressure to ease off a bit at work is there, and it should be.

You are driven to be successful, for your organization or team, your brand, your family, and yourself. I know that getting more customers, increasing revenue and helping your organization operate efficiently with value for the end user in mind always does not take the summer. For Owners, CEOs, Directors, Managers it’s almost always top of mind.

Or as an Athlete or Coach or GM in professional or amateur sport. The summer time is either Olympics time like this year, or it’s training camp or training time. Plus you’re swirling in the media and social media storm constantly.

Same for musicians, entertainers, actors, actresses, authors. You rarely get downtime. Work is constant. As well, you’re always in the public eye. Tremendous added pressure to anyone’s life.

Don’t ignore all the cross pressures, I suggest. Family and relationships and personal revitalization are essential to a stable existence that makes your whole life better.

Let me show a way you can have it all this summer.

I’m Bob Rempel, and I want to give you 5 reasons to come to Ixtapa, Mexico this summer and early fall for the best business and personal trip you’ll have in many a year. Plus we’re going to work together and build towards a great partnership. You’ll be joining our 20-20 Leaders’ with Vision program and exclusive network of individuals.

1. Amazing, Breathtaking Location with an all-inclusive 5 star Accommodations and Dining. An easy direct trip from Los Angeles and Houston and one stop from many other locations.

2. Romance and Relationship Renewal to the max with your partner. It’s for 2. Or alternatively we can make this a Team event for your business or organization. Strategy, team building, rejuvenation all in one

3. Add ons to the trip that suit you: Laptop and school supply donations to local school classes, cultural immersion, view business and investment opportunities in MX, special local tequila & coffee tastings,Spanish lessons, and much more. Flexibility is key.

4. 4+ hours over 3 days planning strategy together to increase customers and revenues for your business or non profit or 4+ hours training with us on how to master social media with a proactive strategy. Plus more our prep time prior to our meetings and for summary and next steps after the meetings. More flexibility here of course to find the right combination of personal and business time.

5. Value pricing. You’re not the kind of person who usually asks the price first, any ways but you do want good value at the end of the day. So you should.

This is a Beyond Platinum all inclusive personal and business trip. When you add in the value of new customers the strategies we develop will obtain, or the enhancement of your personal or business brand, you might even think you should pay us double.

I’ll be waiting to see you. Our Summer 2016 Strategy & Training promotion ends on September 30.

This is a $10,000 usd total dollar value package for two people with flights and hotel from Los Angeles or Houston. However, the first 10 groups of 2 people, booked by July 1, can take advantage of our special Summer Strategy Session early mover discount and get the package for $6,000.00 usd.

Want more details? A full list of what’s included in your total package price? Please contact us by email: “bob at rempelgroup.com” and we’ll respond immediately.

MentorU Looking For The Young & Talented Who Want To Learn Business

MentorU by Realizing Potentials has a new project and is recruiting young and talented youth in Mexico. The program is looking for youth who want to be true partners and part own their own business while working in a mentorship and coaching arrangement.

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Are You Satisfied With Just Reaching The Goal Line-Your Target?

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Today’s Business Leader Tip: From our Daily Email To Our Business Coaching Inner Circle.

Never Plan To Just Reach A Target or Goal And Be Satisfied. Motivate yourself, your team and your key advisors with targets that exceed the internal goals you’ve set. Aim Higher! Reach Further!

What are your key metrics? For each write down two numbers: your own and the ones you want to show publicly to others.

Look out into the distance and visualize the end zone goal line as your own numbers, and then see the end of the football field as the numbers you have publicly committed to.

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I coached baseball and softball at all levels from youth to elite international players.

We taught the players to run through first base at full speed and then make a turn later if it was a hit. We had them imagine a base five yards ahead as they ran towards the real base. Track and field sprinters would know this method too in order to maintain their highest speed at the finish line tape.

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