DiBona & Associates
DiBona & Associates

The Top Ten Percent

For Decisive Leaders Committed To Excellence

Smart Leaders Make Decisions, Then Take Action

Jack was introduced to our company through one of our live online training seminars. Jackis responsible for the operations of a $600MM division providing specialty process equipment installation services. They work with all of the big name Engineering & Construction firms on difficult and technology-driven capital projects.

Jack's organization is subdivided into three sectors, each with about fifty engineers, schedulers, estimators, and project managers. project teams are assembled for various lengths of time spanning from a few months to a couple of years.
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Journey to The Top Ten Percent

The typical manager is caught up in a cycle of everyday work. Meetings, emails, customer interactions, finishing projects and starting new ones.

Days go into weeks, weeks into months, and the endless cycle continues. Most days, the manager recognizes they need to work on issues with their team, but after working 50-60 hours a week there simply isn't energy or time left do the important things.

Meanwhile, the team is experiencing its own difficulties that stem from an overly busy and hectic work environment.
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The Five Areas Often Overlooked by Leaders

Here are five basic areas that leaders commonly overlook and can be the difference between an underperforming team and a high performing team.

Which of the following would help your team?
  1. Employee Engagement
  2. Employee Burnout
  3. Team Culture
  4. Effective Communication
  5. Time Management
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The Secret Sauce of Leadership

Is your team so technology-focused that they operate on autopilot?

In today's technology-driven world many leaders overly rely on the power of e-communications and many other technologies in the daily performance of work.

Technologies bring huge advantages to organizations, but unfortunately, this heavy reliance on technology can also have an unintended consequence of dehumanizing teams. Over time, teams can become reactive and distracted, the quality of work becomes choppy, and productivity suffers.
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How to Create a Positive Team Culture

A positive work culture unleashes tremendous energy. A positive work culture will unite critical teams toward the attainment of shared goals.

In contrast, a dysfunctional culture cripples an organization's productive output and drives good people to quit.

And what leaders say and do communicates what behaviors are permitted. Over time, these behaviors establish the norm of how people interact with each other. These accepted norms translate into a shared set of values, goals, attitudes, and practices. That is the definition of culture.
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Five Easy Ways Managers Can Improve Business Outcomes

As a manager, every conversation you have with an employee affects their engagement. It is undisputed that engaged employees perform better.
  • Gallup studied over 2.7 million workers across 100,000 teams and has proven that higher engagement means better business outcomes.
  • Bain & Company, in a very large global study, measured a productive output for inspired workers to be 225% greater than just merely satisfied employees.
  • Satisfied employees are 40% more productive than disengaged employees.
  • Actively disengaged employees cause, on average, 6 to 7 other employees to become disengaged.

Stop here, and ask yourself: Do I believe increasing employee engagement will have a hugely beneficial impact on my business outcomes?
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Halftime Huddle - Straight Up Advice for a Strong Finish to 2022

As everyone is experiencing the fast-changing business environment of 2022, we can appreciate the need for agility and flexibility.

All of us need to embrace change. We need to be willing to reinvent ourselves. We need to be able to reinvent our businesses. Successful teams in 2022 are those that act swiftly. They adapt and shift. They monitor and adjust.

The sooner we accept change is constant the better equipped we will be to lead our teams and make sure our teams can seize opportunities to create more value for the business. Remember that in times of rapid change, your team members are looking to their leaders for direction, guidance, and support.
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Why Do Smart Teams Fail?

Many times, leaders have told me that they have a team of well-educated professionals with all of the right credentials, training, knowledge, and experience. They go on to say that while any single individual would totally impress you, the team underwhelms. Why is that?

The excitement of assembling what is considered to be an "A-Team" soon dwindles when their leader becomes dismayed. The team's collective results are much less than you would expect, given the caliber of people on the team. The team is a flop.

This phenomenon happens on all kinds of teams. In private and public businesses, learning institutions, and government. There are countless examples. 

S, why do these smart teams fail?
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Why Teams Struggle and How to Better Manage Your Team

The importance of teams in business today is undeniable. We rely on teams more than ever before. Think about your day-to-day communications - meetings, phone calls, emails, and instant messaging. We are in continuous communication with our teammates all day.

Teams have caused more complications as they have become more complex, span geographies, and are more remote. Navigating relationships between teams and within teams is more difficult today. The lack of critical interpersonal skills is more evident than ever in today's workplace.

How many types of teams do you work with in your current position? Think about departmental teams, project teams, cross-functional teams, management teams, global teams, and matrix teams. Teams are everywhere!
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How to Build a Top Ten Percent Team

When you think about the best teams you've ever been a part of, what makes them different?

Chances are that the teammates of these high-functioning teams had a strong bond of trust and accountability. They were efficient and resilient. They adapted to changes and worked smarter, not harder.

These teams were so effective because the leader knew how to play to teammates' strengths and understood how to motivate them.
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Where Frontline Managers Are Falling Short

Frontline workers are leaving companies by the droves and these jobs cannot be filled by remote staff. They are the heartbeat of the organization. Frontline workers work in hospital emergency care units, on the plant floor, or in the warehouse, for example. It is wherever businesses generate their revenue.

These deskless jobs, as we call them, are mostly in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, health care, hospitality, and retail. A recent Boston Consulting Group study found one of the biggest reasons frontline workers are ditching their jobs has to do with their relationship with their frontline manager.
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Now is the Perfect Time to "Amp Up" Your Team

Summertime is one of my favorite seasons because there is so much to do. Nice weather, longer days, lots of fun! In our business, we see that most clients try to get through the summer months handicapped by lots of vacation and distractions. Work tends to be less critical for most during the summer months. The work environment becomes a little less formal, and people tend to work fewer hours.

However, many leaders get significantly behind on their goals without solid momentum leading up to the summer months. They panic in the early Fall, dreading closing the year on a sour note. This has a lot to do given many companies changing leadership in the Fall months to get off to a fresh start the following year.
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How to Manage Short-Staffed Teams - 6 steps to get more done

The problem – too much to do and too little time.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you have too much to do and too little time? Are you constantly fighting fires? Maybe it’s not perfect for you, but you’re keeping your head above water.

Either way, being overworked is not a healthy way to live. According to a 2019 report published by the People’s Project, the average American works more hours than the average worker in any peer nation. And if you are working 55 or more hours a week, you are dramatically increasing your risk for physical and mental health issues.
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Discover How to Overcome Your Biggest Challenge in Sales

Nothing happens without sales. No customers, no money.

Have you suffered from bad hires, or not been able to attract top talent?

Many sales managers can improve sales by using a more robust hiring process.

It all starts with hiring for the right personality traits.
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Increase Productivity Using the AC/2C Framework

The successful team may not have A players, but they still get the job done better than most. They’re tenacious, unrelenting, and enthusiastic about their work. There’s a buzz of energy around them – lots of conversations in the physical presence of one another. They walk between offices with a spring in their step. Their inquisitive nature leads them to explore new ways of doing their jobs - better and faster. The team’s productive output soars and they’re having fun being in the “zone.” These are the people you want on your team.
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No Such Thing as The Perfect Job - Create Your Path to Success

The media has warped our sense of perception about today's work environment. Everyone wants to work for the perfect company. The perfect boss. The perfect plan for the perfect future. Since when do we think that perfection is attainable?

There is help for managers that are dissatisfied with their current situation. There is also help for new managers looking for ways to step up their game and take charge of their careers.
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Strategy Is Not Enough to Drive Execution

Organizations in 2022 still battle cultural challenges that have proven to be the biggest impediment to driving execution. This is not a strategy problem. This is a human behavior challenge.

Most organizations, even stable ones, have critical teams working at cross-purposes, too broadly focused, and in some cases, people are misaligned.
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How to Reduce Turnover: Three ways managers can take immediate action

Challenge #1: As a manager, do your direct reports see you as approachable, or do you unknowingly evoke a sense of avoidance?

But wait, before you answer that question, you should also know that 95% of leaders think they have accurate perceptions about how they're perceived, but only 10-15% of these leaders have an accurate perception, according to Tasha Eurich, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author.
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