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Are Unbalanced Teams Hurting Your Employee Engagement?

Posted By Guest post by 2017 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Sally Hogshead, Friday, March 10, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2017


Content republished and augmented with permission

As we countdown to the 2017 Leadership Conference on May 10th at Tampa Convention Center, we’re pleased to share another guest blog post from our Keynote Speaker, fascination researcher and expert Sally Hogshead.

Can you have too much of a good thing?


When the members of a group share a very high concentration of the same Primary Advantage, problems can arise. For example, a team with too much Passion can become unstable or moody, too much Innovation and your group is unlikely to finish projects.

The flipside to this is that a team high in Prestige is likely to excel when given clear expectations with ambitious standards or a group high in Trust, is allowed to build results overtime.

The key to overcoming any possible pitfalls is to identify how each member of your team communicates.

Think of your team members. What is each person’s most valuable quality? What type of activity, meeting or conversation allows them to shine? How can they communicate authentically during meetings, sales presentations, or leadership opportunities, to bring out the best of who they already are?

All the members of your team communicate in a way that’s unique to them.

Once their highest communication style has been identified, they need to be encouraged to use this in order to feel confident and engaged in the workplace.

Teams that work well together are teams that understand each other.

When you understand the communication patterns and tendencies of your team members, you can cut through the conflict and encourage healthy relationships.

Often, communication problems are relatively easy to solve. Under-performing teams can raise their performance, once they understand what they’re already doing right and their pitfalls.

It’s not random. It’s actually very predictable.

Understanding how to maximize these communication patterns is exactly what attendees of the 2017 Leadership Conference will do! Register today to take Sally’s assessment and receive your unique Fascination Advantage report for FREE!! Bring your customized report along with you and be prepared to discuss each other’s findings at your table.

Team NLC has an active learning culture, so we’re not content just to share Sally’s excellent content; we took the Fascination Advantage assessment ourselves and learned more about our own and our colleague’s strengths.

For we discovered that our team is composed of five different Personality Archetypes:

  • Our CEO Emily is the Avant Garde. Her advantages are Prestige and Innovation.
  • Director of Strategic Solutions Tuesdi Dyer is the Connoisseur; with advantages Prestige and Passion.
  • Education Associate Laurel Westmoreland in our Rockstar; her advantages are Innovation and Passion.
  • Operations Manager Lorraine Faithful is the Good Citizen, with advantages Trust and Alert.
  • Director of Education and Communications Jen Dodd is the Intrigue. Her advantages are Passion and Mystique.

We’ve already begun to dig into how our team can use our distinct advantages to succeed--and we'll be sharing more on that in future blog posts--and we can’t wait to dive into them even more deeply on May 10th at Leadership Conference.

Register now to join us on May 10th at the Tampa Convention Center for a day devoted to authentic solutions for cultivating leadership in a diverse workplace. 

You'll receive a code to complete Sally's Fascination assessment online and come armed with new insights into what makes you unique and valuable in your organization. Purchasing a table for your team will be the most impactful way to explore and begin to play to your team’s individual strengths. Reserve your table here:

Individual tickets are limited and early bird pricing expires on March 15th.

On the morning of May 10th, choose 2 of 6 breakout sessions addressing individual and team development. Then, during the seated keynote luncheon, Sally will dig deeper into your Fascination Advantage, showing you how becoming MORE you is the key to individual and organizational success.