Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

“What are you doing?” said Chelsea. “Assembling a puzzle,” I said. Chelsea quickly responded, “How long will it take you?” “A few hours. Probably before you leave,” I answered. “No, you won’t!” she shouted in disbelief.  Four hours later the puzzle was completed. Here is a photo of it, taken the morning after. Yes, it is glued and ready to be framed. I really enjoy putting puzzles together. I don’t know why, but if I had to guess I would say it has something to do with this blog post.  Puzzles... Read More
6 Tips for Playing or Working Well with Others

6 Tips for Playing or Working Well with Others

I remember when I was in high school, and even into college, I hated group projects. They always seemed to go the same way. One or two members of the group did all the work, and the entire group received the same credit. Or, one or two members would fail to do their part and would bring the entire group down with them in the process.   Why would teachers do this? It just seemed cruel and unnecessary. However, as an adult, I now understand that working together with others, sometimes even in a... Read More

The Tale of the Carrot

by Heather Zempel Where do carrot seeds come from? My good buddy, Julie, is an organic farmer in West Virginia, and she taught me one of the most valuable leadership lessons I’ve ever heard. Carrot seeds. Where are they? Have you ever seen them? How does a carrot reproduce? Here’s what I learned from my farmer friend— You can plant a carrot seed, and in one season, that seed will become a fully formed carrot that you can pull from the ground and eat right immediately. You find instant... Read More