Goals Insight - Insights E-zine

April 2010

Volume VIII, Number 4

In this E-Zine:
  A Few Notes From Cheryl
  Feature Article
  Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses
  About Cheryl and Goals InSight

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A Few Notes From Cheryl

This Month’s Feature Article:  I hope you enjoy this month’s article - be sure to take the “Team Gardening Assessment” below with your team!

April 28 Teleclass:  “Who Moved My Stress: Transform Stress/Pressure Into Peace & Productivity!”  If you have any stress in your life (is there anyone who doesn’t?!), you are welcome to join us for this month’s teleclass to learn how to minimize your own stress as well as help your team become less stressed and more productive. See the information below or on our Speaking page for details and to register for this f-r-e-e teleclass to help you and your team be more successful!

Thank You for Your Referrals: A heartfelt thanks to many of you who have recently referred your work colleagues and friends to us. We very much appreciate your telling others about what we do and how they could benefit. Referrals from people like you are what keep us in business and allow us to continue making a difference with the work we do. Thank you so much for continuing to spread the word!

With heartfelt appreciation,


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Feature Article:  What Kind of Seeds Is Your Team Planting?

Spring is here, my favorite season of the year! The sun is coming out after all the rain, the flowers are starting to bloom, and I just planted my organic vegetable garden! Some of you may recall that last year was my first attempt at vegetable gardening, and I had so much fun that this year I’ve expanded my organic garden significantly. I love the idea of growing as much of our food as possible (within the confines of city living!), and minimizing our carbon footprint.

I intentionally took my time putting each individual seedling into the ground, nurturing each one so that it had just the right amount of soil and water, and was placed in enough sun to begin its new life in the garden. I purposely did the planting on a day where I had plenty of time, so that I could help give these seedlings the most solid start – the greatest opportunity to grow and thrive in their new environments. It was an exercise in mindfulness, paying attention to each detail. The more I planted, the more excited I felt about all of this amazing food growing soon!

What Does Gardening Have to Do With Teams?

After I finished, I started thinking about how similar planting seedlings is to growing a team. Just like seedlings, teams need the following components of a garden:

  1. A solid foundation to begin their work together
    (e.g. effective communication, team agreements to know what they can count on each other for, a solid/common vision that every team member can connect with, etc.)
  2. Time to adjust to their new/evolving/changing environments
    (especially during times of change, re-organizations, merging/combining teams, leadership changes, etc.)
  3. Nurturing along the way
    (e.g. periodic check ins on team dynamics, talking about what’s working well and creating action plans for what’s not working well, reprioritizing projects, periodic team retreats, etc.)
  4. Resources
    (e.g. communication training, antidotes to team toxins, tools to break down silos, tools to handle conflict, tools to build trust and confidence for team members to speak to the “elephants in the room,” etc.)
  5. The “gardener” to help lead them to their highest potential
    (e.g. leaders of the team to encourage greater accountability, leadership development of every team member, etc.)


If Your Team Were a Garden: Take the “Team Gardening Assessment”

What kind of “planting” has your team been doing with each other lately? Have they been planting “seeds” of Camaraderie, Trust, Respect? Alternatively, have they been planting seeds of Toxic Communication, Stress or Silos? Whatever we “plant” or focus on is typically what is going to grow…so, the more your team can focus on planting/growing seeds of Positivity (Trust, Respect, Camaraderie, Effective Communication, etc.), the higher performing your team will be!

Keeping the above five gardening concepts in mind, how would your team currently rate itself on each component? On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the least and 10 being the most), rate your team on each of the five aspects described in detail above:

  1. How solid is your team’s foundation for their work together?
  1. How well is your team adjusting to new / evolving environments?
  1. How well is your team nurturing itself along the way?
  1. To what extent has your team requested the resources it needs?
  1. To what extent are the leaders of your team encouraging leadership from EVERY team member?


Create “Next Steps” Based on Your Team’s Scores

If your team scored an “8” or higher on any of these questions above, congratulations and keep up the great work with your team’s gardening! There is likely some “fine tuning” that your team can do to score even higher, so be sure to celebrate with your team what is working well, as well as determine how the team can improve to become even higher performing.

If your team scored less than an “8” on any of the questions, it’s time to talk with your team about some gardening maintenance! Perhaps your team needs a little nurturing, or perhaps it needs some specific new tools to be successful. It’s critical to bring your team together for a discussion about what is needed and your team’s “next steps” so that everyone can participate and agree to an action plan.

There is no time like the present – NOW is the time to make your team a priority, so that it can grow and flourish over these next several months! Planting the seeds NOW will yield your crop LATER…will you schedule that meeting with your team TODAY, to occur within the next week?

We’re Here to Help

We always appreciate your feedback and love to hear how you implement these tips, so feel free to let us know. As always, if your team needs some help with their “planting/gardening” or you’re not sure how team development could make a difference for your team, we’d be happy to set up a complimentary consultation to discuss your team’s specific needs. We’re here to help you and your team’s garden THRIVE!

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Upcoming Workshops

"Who Moved My Stress? Transform Stress/Pressure Into Peace & Productivity"

2010 Teleclass Series

Wednesday, April, 2010

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern

During this teleclass, you will learn how to:

  • •Realize connection between Relaxation, Camaraderie & High-Performing Teams
  • Utilize the “Every Reaction is a Choice” tool to decrease stress under pressure
  • Invest in your team’s self care
  • Learn to say “no” to requests that fall outside of your team’s plan so you can say “yes” to the things that matter

For more details and to register click HERE


"Reduce Project Stress and Complications:
Critical Communication Factors Beyond the Project Plan"

Project Management Institute – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

5:30 to 9:00 pm

Sir Francis Drake Hotel – 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA

In order to successfully execute on project deliverables, project management professionals must rely on their teams to function at full capacity to achieve needed results - high-performing teams which have achieved highly-effective modes of communicating are critical! Special tools such as team agreements, understanding how to avoid non-toxic behaviors and many other communication tools for success create these effective communication dynamics.

For more details and to register click HERE


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 Team Building, 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:

If you know someone who could benefit from our offerings, would you please forward this e-newsletter with your recommendation?  We appreciate your referrals, as this is how we continue to grow and evolve – thank you in advance!

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