May 2015

Men's football game.

Why Kick-Ass Teams Need Peer Accountability

Now that you have the right people, you’ve actually trained them, you’ve established your northstar, and are providing stretch opportunities — what’s left? Accountability. But, not just any kind of accountability — peer accountability.

After putting all four of the previous keys in place, peer accountability is what makes a group of individuals a true team. It’s what you see on the sidelines of a football game when players on the same team get into each others’ faces after a missed assignment or dropped pass. Read more


Why Stretch Opportunities are the Lifeblood of a Kick-Ass Team

What does it mean to stretch? We hear phrases like “stretch goals” and “stretch opportunities.” But, what are they and why do they matter?

I’ve always enjoyed coaching and developing others. Maybe it started when I was a kid running my own tutoring company. Then and now, I’ve enjoyed investing in others and helping them reach their goals. However, the goals we set for ourselves don’t always rise to the heights of our true potential. That’s why team members benefit from moments that push them out of their comfort zones and challenge them to be better, more effective versions of themselves. Those moments are stretch opportunities. Read more