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What rowing taught me about high-performance teams

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. I started rowing in high school on the Mississippi in my hometown of St. Paul. When I went off to university at McGill, I decided to try out for the freshman crew team. When my turn came up, I pulled harder than I ever pulled for 2,000 meters. Unfortunately, many others pulled harder than
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Making virtual teams work

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. As the war for talent rages on, the use of virtual teams continues to grow as companies look well beyond the 30-minute commute to find the right people with the right stuff. Companies who limit their sights to local workers are missing the vast majority of the labor pool. Winning organizations are reaching well
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Why ironmen and ironwomen make great CEOs

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. Over the last decade, triathlon has become the executive sport de rigueur. Triathlon tests you in different ways than most other endurance sports. And interestingly, it is analogous of the unique challenges of executive leadership. Unlike single-mode sports, triathlon combines three different sports: swimming, cycling, and running. And while there are athletes that place
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Why your best performers can be your worst managers

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. I’ve seen it time and time again. A small company sees success, and starts to grow. They hire more people to increase capacity and develop new products and services. But soon, it seems as though the entire staff is brand new, and they’re all reporting to a only handful of senior executives. The higher-ups
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Why finding talent is your top priority

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. As a leader, you are responsible for the performance and results of your organization. And having the right team is critical to being an effective leader. In fact, everything you do ─ setting strategy, developing partnerships, finding clients, raising money ─ is dependent on having the right people with the right skills and in
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The best ways to build and maintain great business partnerships

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. After many years in product design and development, I founded a technology company in 2003. We did well and the company grew in both revenues and people. We made the Inc 5000 list five years in a row, one year placing 243 on the Inc 500. I started the company with a partner who subsequently
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5 things new CEOs should focus on

Thought Leadership on Leadership and Organizational Performance presented by Eckfeldt & Associates. Recently I had lunch with a long-time friend and senior executive of a successful company. She’s been at the job for many years and the company has gone from a startup of twenty people to almost six hundred. We spoke about the many things she’s learned and changes she’s gone through as she’s moved
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bruce eckfeldt headshotABOUT BRUCE ECKFELDT: Bruce Eckfeldt is a consultant, coach, author, and speaker on organizational development and performance management. Originally an architect, he was a pioneer in the use of computer-aided design and 3D modeling. He transitioned to software design and development converting his spatial problem-solving skills to informational architecture and user experience design.

Seeing the need for a more fast-paced and innovative approach to technology development, Bruce was an early adopter of Extreme Programming (an early Agile/Lean software methodology). He advanced the field as an early contributor to the Agile Conference and as the founder of Cyrus Innovation in 2003, one of the first Agile/Lean development consulting firms.

After more than a decade of developing products and coaching companies adopting Agile/Lean practices, such as Extreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban, and other Lean methodologies, Bruce sold Cyrus in 2014 to focus on broader organizational development initiatives.

Today, Bruce works with startups and high-growth companies to develop business and operational strategy, talent planning, and performance coaching. His expertise includes growing leadership teams, planning and developing middle management, accelerating high-performance individuals, and coaching teams to higher performance.

For more information on Bruce, check him out on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/beckfeldt

www.eckfeldt.com/

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