The Essential Qualities of a Team Player

While everyone agrees that a high-quality, cohesive team is essential to the success of any business, there has been much debate over precisely what elements contribute to the making of such a team.  While some attribute team success to scientific factors such as psychological makeup and the science of interaction, others opt to explain with concepts such as synergy, chemistry and the like. The one thing we can all agree on however is that any great team is made up of great players.  In his exploration of what it takes to be a great team player, I would like to present what I believe to be...

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Thought for the Week… Competence and Comparing the Importance of Roles…

On the subject of competence and whose role is more important… A sea captain & a crusty chief engineer were in a debate about whose role & expertise was ultimately more important for running the ship. Unable to decide and come to an agreement they decided to switch roles for a day. Only a few hours later the captain emerged from below deck sweating, his face and uniform covered in dirt and oil. “Chief,” he bellowed, “You need to get down to the engine room. I can’t get her to go.” “Of course you can’t,” barked the chief. “She’s aground.” The bottom line is, neither is more important...

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Thinking On Your Feet

Why improve on your ability to think on your feet? Is this a skill one is born with or can you learn it? ○   Thinking on your feet is a learned skill and is dependent on various elements such as practice, experience, educational background, reading and emotional intelligence. ○   It is becoming one of the hot topics of the day because more than ever the pace of life is quicker with more information and more complex interactions with people in real time,  making it essential for us to be better in our face to face discussions. Improving on your ability to think on your feet can be key to...

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The Power of Our Words

Put the most powerful words or phrases to use in everyday conversations. Powerful words can be defined as those words that, by their definitive nature or the sense of intent implied by their use give us an impression of motivation and drive. The use of powerful words in our every day conversations convey a strength and sense of purpose that can go a long way to making a favorable impression, both with clients and anyone else we may happen into contact with. Read on for some valuable hints and suggestions for interjecting powerful words and phrases into your every day conversation in order to...

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