Setting Team Rules

Building BlocksOur department works on a simple set of team rules that ensure credibility and respect are maintained in our team. These rules were adapted from the ground rules teachers used at Ivymount School when my wife was on staff. Ivymount is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that serves students with serious developmental delays, learning disabilities, communication disorders, autism, and/or multiple handicaps.

The teachers at Ivymount run some of the most effective and efficient teams you can imagine. They put themselves aside daily for the betterment of others, a testament to what makes a successful team. Rick Milter of the Carey School of Business likes to refer to these teams as ‘High Performance Teams’. I hope that you find these rules as beneficial for your team as I have for mine:

What is expected from a TEAM LEADER

  • The Team Leader will regularly sit down as a team and develop SMART goals with the team, developing Individual Responsibilities with Group Accountability
  • The Team Leader will ensure the team has full support to achieve its goals, obtaining help when needed and taking responsibility when things go wrong
  • The Team Leader will address team members directly regarding any interpersonal issues and/or problems
  • The Team Leader will work hard to have fun, and to make certain the team members feel accomplished every day

What is expected from TEAM MEMBERS

  • The Team Members are expected to share ideas openly and be prepared to follow through
  • The Team Members are expected to address team members directly and immediately regarding any interpersonal issues and/or problems. (That’s right, no going to the team leader unless it can’t be solved)
  • The Team Members agree to never “bad mouth” another team member
  • The Team Members will work hard to enjoy what they do and have fun

Johns Hopkins University Fellows

jhu_careyIt was mid-November 2006 at Johns Hopkins University Mt. Washington campus that I first met with the 30 students and 6 faculty that would make up the Fellows inaugural class. This past weekend 26 of those students, including myself, completed our MBA degree program and spent time together celebrating the successes of the past two years.

Changing Seasons
It is in these moments that I am reminded that life’s seasons must come and go; each one with its own share of difficulties and opportunity. As I enter this next season I find it hard to leave the last one behind, but I choose to embrace whatever is next so I do not let the new season slip through my fingers.

To the Inaugural Fellows Cohort
To my classmates, congratulations! It has been a long journey in which we experienced an unparalleled MBA program that challenged our theory of how we learn and replaced that theory with life experiences and consulting opportunities that resulted in true education. I consider you my friends, as well as my fellows.

To my professors, thank you! Rick, for your leadership and vision for this program; Sheri, for your dedication to a well rounded learning process; Cris, for your enthusiasm and challenge for excellence; Bill, for your unwavering commitment to our education; and Capers, for living out your call to mentor and advise others. You are truly a distinguished faculty, a group that I am grateful to call my friends.

Congratulations Fellows!
Congratulations to the Class of 2008 Fellows from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School:

Todd Meyer, Jeanette Koon, Chien Cheng, Hadi Annous, James Davis, Ali Askari, Ruksana Khan, Gina Kwack, Kulbir Singh Sandhu, Joy Prakash Nanda, George Wilson Hilton III, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Tim Klabunde, Gene Theus, Eric Cory McKim, Scott Boring, Robin Costa, Shirley Knox-Murry, Robert A. McFadden, John R. Sedivy, Jonathan Edison Bradley, Kranthi Mupparaju, Dawn Elyce Kemp, Kwame Kuadey, Segun Toyin Dawodu, and Robert White

I look forward to changing the world with all of you!