BIRGing, CORFing & Leading Teams to Win Championships

Arin N. Reeves
January 14, 2013

Our firm was engaged by the CEO of a large professional services firm to assess why his leadership team was not “working as a team” and what he could do to improve group communications. I observed leadership team meetings as well as one-on-one meetings, and I interviewed everyone, including the CEO, individually.

The assessment revealed that the strongest factor influencing communication dysfunction was not the ways in which team members communicated with each other, but the ways in which the CEO communicated with each of them individually and with the team collectively. More specifically: the way the CEO BIRGed and CORFed during team and one-on-one meetings.

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  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein