Happy New Year! We hope everyone’s year has started off well. If it’s been rocky so far, don’t worry—there’s plenty of time to get back on track.

2017 was a good year for us at Trybal for many reasons. Perhaps our favorite was the launch of several new courses, including our Conversation Mechanics course, How to Talk About It. We’ve been delighted with the great feedback and the positive changes our clients are making to unleash the vibe of their Trybs.

And, we’d be remiss not to mention our founder, Alexsys Thompson’s big debut! After a decade and a half of practice, workshops, and facilitation on leadership and the importance of gratitude, Alexsys designed and published The Trybal Gratitude Journal. This tool was designed with all the creativity, love, and mastery she’s known for. So far, it’s been a smashing success and has received excellent reviews, including endorsements from best-selling authors. Alexsys—we’re proud of you and can’t wait to see what you create this year!

To honor 2017, here’s a round-up of some of our most popular posts for the year. If you missed any of them, we highly recommend you take a peak. We worked hard to create content that is practical and helpful for you in your every day life.

First, we’d like to share some changes we’ll be making in 2018. In the first quarter of the year, we’ll be creating some awesome new resources for our clients, and hopefully some fun new content for the general public. Because of that, we’ll be reducing the number of posts we’re producing for the blog from weekly to biweekly. We’re sure your inboxes won’t mind too much.

Without further ado, here are Trybal’s best posts of 2017.

Listen Up Leaders: How much are your requests costing your team?

By: Alexsys Thompson | Posted: August 1, 2017


I’m the Boss, Get it Done

How many of us have worked for a boss that didn’t seem to care how much was already on your plate? Rather, maybe they just didn’t think to ask. Now that you’re in their position, the “I’m the boss, get it done” mentality certainly isn’t how you operate. At least it’s not your intention. Though, and think hard about this, when was the last time you made a request and asked “What’s the cost?” Been a while, or maybe never? Tsk, tsk! More likely than not, you have people on your team that will try to make it all happen, when the reality is, they can’t. Asking what the cost is should be a best practice for you as a managerREAD MORE

How to Break the Cycle of Distrust on Your Team

By: Harlan Meischen | Posted: July 6, 2017


Trust in the workplace is an interesting topic.  Trust starts with communication, specifically with the ability to handle Tough Conversations.

Tough Conversations are those involving anything that makes us uncomfortable, sparks emotions, requires vulnerability, etc.  For example:

  • questioning your boss
  • discussing performance issues
  • asking for a raise
  • proposing a major process change
  • correcting a coworker, or
  • asking for clarification on how anonymity is maintained on employee surveys

The less a team is willing to step into these Tough Conversations, the more space they leave for stories about the motives of others.  The more the stories grow, the more trust shrinks and before long, voilà! The cycle of doom takes hold… READ MORE

4 Practical Ways to Immediately Improve Meeting Productivity [+ our Meeting Productivity Calculator]

By: Harlan Meischen | Posted: October 17, 2017


How productive are your meetings?  What are you doing about it?

According to research done by themuse, more than $37 Billion per year is spent on unproductive meetings.

Calculating meeting productivity is hard, which is why we’ve created the free meeting productivity calculator. Use the calculator today to establish a baseline.  Like using a map, you’ll know where you’re starting and establish a goal of where you want to be.  Start a simple trend chart to monitor progress on meeting productivity in your organization.

Sound silly?  Think about everything else your organization tracks and measures, then refer to the $37 Billion number above… READ MORE

The #1 Reason a Good Conversation Goes Bad

By: Liv Hadden | Posted: April 25, 2017


Sometimes we’re so concerned with how the conversation is going to go, we forget to think about what happens after the conversation! It’s likely we’re hoping some change will come about. We want someone to stop leaving their garbage all over the break room, or for the next big launch to increase profits.

We can have good conversations all day long (in fact, we sincerely hope you do!), however they won’t amount to much if that’s all there is.

The #1 reason good conversations go bad is a lack of results. The garbage is still everywhere and our sales actually decreased. Whatever result we were looking for didn’t happen, and suddenly that good conversation feels like a waste of time… READ MORE

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