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A Few Notes From Cheryl

Happy 2009! It’s a new year, full of new beginnings. To help you be successful this year, we are planning new programs for you – information on the new coaching group starting January 27 is below, and we will have more announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!

Best wishes for a fulfilling 2009 in ALL ways!

Warmest regards,


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Feature Article: A New Year, a New Team! How Will Your Team be Different This Year?

January is an exciting time of new beginnings! High-performing teams look at January as a new opportunity for the coming year, to begin the new year with specific intentions and goals about how they will work together.

Many teams jump into the new year at such a fast pace to start executing their work plans and goals, that they forget this is a time ripe for planning and setting clear intentions for how the team will work together the next twelve months. Does this describe your team? If so, I invite you to talk with your team about creating a plan for HOW (interactions/communications) you will work together as a team this year, in addition to WHAT (goals) you will accomplish.

During this process, I highly recommend meeting with your team and exploring the following questions:

  1. What is the “big picture” vision for how will we work together this year? In other words, what do we want our relationships to look like with each other? How do we want to feel in working together? How much trust, respect, camaraderie will be present this year?

It is important to explore all of these aspects of your team’s dynamics, in order to create the plan for the most effective relationships possible this year. Remember: the more effective your working relationships, the more productive your team will be and the better the results!

  1. Where are the gaps between how we operate right now as a team, and where we want to be in our vision? Most teams have gaps between their current ways of interacting/communicating, and how they want to be ideally working together. What do the gaps look like for your team?

Using a scale of 1 to 10 is often an easy way to identify areas of biggest gaps. When we work with teams, we use the Team Diagnostic Assessment to more comprehensively identify the most significant gaps, and then tailor the team development work accordingly. This is often the most effective way to do the work, but if your team needs a solution you can implement on your own, a scale of 1 to 10 works well. The most important aspect here is that your team starts talking about the aspects of their interactions and communications that need to improve!

  1. What specific agreements do we need to make about our interactions and communications with each other, in order to turn our vision into reality? For those of you who have worked with Goals InSight on your team dynamics, you know how critical team agreements are – be sure that your team continues to not only review their team agreements at the beginning of each meeting, but that your team members hold each other accountable to those agreements and commitments. Speaking up about a broken agreement with a team member is a critical aspect of using team agreements.

For those of you who have not yet created team agreements, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to do so! More details on team agreements are available in previous issues of InSights, which can be found on our Newsletter page at http://www.goalsinsight.com/newsletters/index.html .

  1. How often will we check in as a team on our progress? This is critical – where the rubber meets the road, so to speak! In order for your team to make changes in how they work together, they must schedule periodic check-ins to discuss questions like “What’s working well on our team?” “How could we be working together more effectively?” and “How could we be holding each other more accountable to our team agreements?”

Accountability and frequent check-ins on team commitments are critical! Here are some statistics from the American Society for Training and Development that emphasize the importance of accountability:

The probability of completing a goal:

  • Hear an idea: 10%
  • Consciously decide to adopt it: 25%
  • Decide when you will do it: 40%
  • Plan how you will do it: 50%
  • Commit to someone else you will do it: 65%
  • Have a specific accountability appointment with the person committed to: 95%

As you can see, the accountability process and structure of checking in with your team members and having honest conversations regarding commitments can be the difference between success or failure for your team!

When we work with teams, we meet monthly for these check-ins. I would encourage you to set up a similar structure for your team, to ensure the team stays on track with their commitments!

Enjoy this new year and special planning time with your team. We at Goals InSight wish you all the best in 2009, and are here to support you if your team could use some help along the way!

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Upcoming Workshops

"Conquering Chaos & Distractions: The key to achieving all you want through structured support and focus"

Achieve Your Goals Coaching Group

January 27 to April 7, 2009

12 noon - 1:30 pm PST

You’re a professional, goal-oriented person and you’ve achieved a lot!
But somehow, it feels like so many aspects of work and home life still aren’t “firing on all cylinders.” Elements are missing for complete fulfillment.

This coaching program is designed to help provide focus - a mechanism to sort it all out and bring it all together -- to guide you through the process of attaining that ideal state of bringing all the elements of your life to the next level.

For complete details click HERE


"The New Leadership Paradigm: Using Team Dynamics to Maximize Productivity"

New Years Leadership Webinar Series

Professional BusinessWomen of California

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
10:00 – 11:00 am PST

Women business leaders are constantly challenged to achieve greater results with fewer resources. To achieve this, teams must function at full capacity! Leaders must strategically connect and align individual talent into a cohesive collective effort to tap the full potential of their teams.

Complete details at  Speaking Schedule


"The New Leadership Paradigm: Using Team Dynamics to Maximize Productivity"

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) - Annual National Institute

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Seattle, WA

Business leaders are constantly challenged to achieve greater results with fewer resources. To achieve this, teams must function at full capacity! Leaders must strategically connect and align individual talent into a cohesive collective effort to tap the full potential of their teams.

Complete details at  Speaking Schedule


Team Building Events and Off-Site Meetings:

Could your team use some help to be more cohesive?
Is it time to enhance your team's relationships and productivity?

Some teams know that something isn't working, but they don't know exactly what that is or how to improve it. Some organizations hold team building seminars and employee retreats because they know it's time to enhance their teams' productivity and relationships. Do either of those statements describe you/your team? If so, and if you haven't already contacted us to discuss your needs, feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you.

We offer a variety of programs to enhance the performance of your teams as well as improve the ways in which your teams interact, so we invite you to visit our Training and Seminar page.   This is a great way to show appreciation for your team and enhance their productivity, thereby improving the bottom line for your organization!

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About Goals InSight

Goals InSight helps organizations achieve their desired results in the following ways - click on any of the links for details:

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