Office Schmucks: An Interview with Dr. Foster

Office Schmucks: An Interview with Dr. Foster

What do you get when you mix a clinical psychiatrist with a Wharton MBA student? Someone who understood difficult people at work, and saw a serious need. Dr. Jody Foster found a niche for providing psychiatry to non-psychiatrists in the business world - especially when it came to helping the venture capital world evaluate management teams. After a decade of consulting with disruptive interactions in business settings ...

Relationships are Critical to Team Success

Relationships are Critical to Team Success

As a father of a youth baseball player, summer can be a time of fun and drudgery. Yes, it is always fun to see your children compete and learn life lessons about hard work, practice and repetition but it also means hot sweaty days at the ballpark and what is often not very entertaining sport.The 2016 baseball season didn't go well for my son, Peter. He was mired in the outfield (the last place you want to be in youth baseball), didn't hit the ball well and wasn't having fun.

People Over Process

People Over Process

Thank goodness your team has Slack to communicate when you aren’t meeting over Google Hangout to finish brainstorming on Evernote before making that perfect Asana timeline. Discussing your list of tasks you keep in Google Sheets, so that you can all be on the same page with ...

Not the Time for "Guess-and-Check"

Not the Time for "Guess-and-Check"

In the seemingly never-ending, downward-spiral of a startup tale that Fast Company mapped out this week in their article titled, “The Demise of Tilt”, readers are guided through Tilt’s unfortunate saga. The article gears up by stating, “In 2015, social payments company Tilt was worth ..

It's Not Just Where You Sit

It's Not Just Where You Sit

Back in Middle School, when assigned seating became a thing, eye rolls were the overwhelming response. In the workplace? It depends on who you ask. While the Internet had some serious eye rolls at Square when they posted a job for a “capacity coordinator” (a full-time seating coordinator with “equal parts project manager, data analyst, and relationship builder”), popular tech voices, The Hustle and Quartz were quick to point out that ...

How to Manage People Through Reorganizations

How to Manage People Through Reorganizations

Reorganizations come in many forms, but the common element is the toll it takes on people. Whether it is flattening the organization for faster decision making, or a merger and acquisition that necessitates the integration of a common management structure, the impact is real and can distract your people from daily operations. 

Team Building Lessons from a College Classroom

Team Building Lessons from a College Classroom

This past week Cloverleaf co-founder and SaaS Salesperson extraordinaire, Ford Knowlton, taught a class at our hometown university - The University of Cincinnati. The class called Professionalism and Purpose is in the college of business and is an elective for varsity athletes. Many sports were represented by athletes in the class - from track & field to football and everything in between.

Don't 'Wing It' with Team Building

Don't 'Wing It' with Team Building

Teams are becoming a more critical force in business. While there are few good studies on the increasing role of teams in the workplace some estimates have more than half of all productive work in businesses being derived by teams. This could be permanent teams or project teams that are only formed for a short period of time. It can also include client service teams - an even faster growing segment of team usage in business.