Should a “Trouble Causing” Team Member be Removed from the Team?

If you’re a Scrum Master, and you have one person on your team who’s causing trouble for the rest of the team, should the person be removed from the team? Actually, the first thing you should think about is whether it’s really one team member who’s causing trouble for the rest of the team, or whether something else is going on…

Six Ways to Ward off an Energy Vampire

Six Ways to Ward off an Energy Vampire

Everyone’s worked with an Energy Vampire, someone who drains your enthusiasm for your work, leaves you feeling powerless and discouraged, whose calls and e-mails you dread. They’re persistent, but you can take actions to keep the proverbial life from being drained out of you. 1) Make them look at their own reflection. 2) Wear a garland of garlic. 3)…

Mend a Broken Work Relationship Now

Mend a Broken Work Relationship Now

It breaks my heart when my clients won’t try to mend work relationships. They don’t seem to see how much they’re sabotaging themselves and their business. But when my clients do mend work relationships, they get back that relationship that was so engaged, productive, and beneficial to everyone. Here are four steps that work…

With Mediation, It Gets Better

As a mediator, one of the things I tell my clients in preparation for the mediation is: at some point during the mediation, you may think you’re not progressing towards a resolution. This is normal. All it means is that you’re working hard to resolve the dispute. You may be talking about issues you haven’t talked about before, you may be…

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