Posts by Brett Cooper

4 Behaviors to Avoid When You’re Trying to Build Relationships at Work

A man wearing a suit and sitting at a wooden desk is building effective workplace relationships with his colleague who is just out of the picture — they are shaking hands.

Building relationships in the workplace is one of the most important aspects of working together as a team. Without effective teamwork, achieving results is next to impossible. One of the most effective ways to keep relationships at work healthy and positive is to remain focused on mutual goals and a shared dedication to the work…

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6 Ways to Improve Team Effectiveness and Performance

Teacher helping a young student with an assignment on the computer, possibly learning ways to improve team effectiveness.

If you’re a leader in your organization, you likely spend a lot of time trying to come up with or implement ways to improve team performance or team effectiveness. Team improvement ideas abound, but we think we have some valuable suggestions based on proven tools such as The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and…

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Changes in Organizational Culture — Everything DiSC Done Right

A woman wearing a blue hat petting a light brown puppy while contemplating changes in organizational culture at her work.

The San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) has experienced a tremendously positive shift in organizational culture during a period of change unlike any they have seen in their 138-year history. Taking on contracts for several neighboring municipalities in the past 2 years has required them to undergo a massive expansion. They have nearly doubled the number…

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The Performance Management Process

A solid performance management process leads to improved results and happier employees, just like the employees pictured here celebrating a win.

For any organization to achieve its stated goals, a clear performance management process is vital. However, it’s a process that’s rarely understood, and it’s often applied in a way that fails to produce its intended results — the high level of employee performance that is so important to an organization’s success. In fact, a survey…

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Nonprofit Leadership Development Under Tough Conditions — The Continuing Story of the San Diego Humane Society and Integris

Our work with the San Diego Humane Society has lead to powerful nonprofit leadership development opportunities, opportunities that help animals and people alike, like the woman and her cut hugging pictured here.

Integris is proud to be engaged in a purpose-driven, organizational development project that has partnered us with the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS), a nonprofit organization with a 100-year history that is undergoing a profound change. This is our second blog post describing this incredible, ongoing, evolving partnership. It’s something that has allowed us to…

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7 Ways to Make Great Team Decisions (Plus 1 You May Want to Avoid)

Making team decisions that involve the group and lead to excellent results can be tough, but the woman pictured, pointing to some ideas and showing her colleague what she thinks, understands why decision making is so crucial to success.

Making team decisions with buy-in from every team member (even if they disagreed initially) is difficult in the best of times — and impossible in a team that lacks trust. If you’ve reached the third level of the the pyramid of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, your team has the beginnings of a foundation…

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Trust in the Workplace — Inspiring Organizations to Achieve Their Best

We’ve all heard that trust in the workplace is critical for any organization to succeed, but we don’t always understand the reasons that it’s so important, nor do we fully understand the consequences that result when trust is lacking. Let’s first look at what, exactly, trust in the workplace entails — we’re talking about more…

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Democratizing Team Development & Leadership Training

In my world of organizational development, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a well-respected organization with deep roots in their community undergo a significant evolution. That’s exactly what’s happening at the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS), as this 138-year-old pillar of the San Diego community takes over the animal services contracts for six nearby cities…

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Why do we do what we do?

What motivates you isn’t the same for everyone What about that teammate who seems so much more daring than you, or your co-worker who is infinitely more patient? While you’re driving for accuracy and stability, what if you were able to see more clearly how and why your boss always seems to be all about…

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Why Understanding Personality Styles Matters at Work

Because knowledge is power You’ve spent years building your expertise, honing your skills. You take classes, complete certifications. You attend conferences and spend time reading professional publications to keep up-to-date on the latest research and trends. You are invested in making sure you have the right assessments, models, and experiential activities in your toolkit that…

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How can I help reduce conflict in my workplace?

Foxes in Conflict

Learn to turn uncomfortable encounters into productive ones We’ve all been there, trying to get the team that can’t go more than a week without some type of uproar back on track. Or how about the two senior managers who just don’t get along and butt heads at every turn? And they’re the ones responsible…

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