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I work with people in problem-solving organizations who make complex products or sophisticated services that need state-of-the-art teamwork, and with organizations that want to achieve high performance by building stronger relationships among their people.

Dynamic problem-solving organizations face special problems. In producing products and services for their customers, we must make technology work in new ways, before any of our competitors do. A dynamic problem-solving organization produces first-of-a-kind commercial products and services based on technical mastery and state-of-the-art teamwork.

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I'm Rick Brenner, principal of Chaco Canyon Consulting. I understand what life is like in problem-solving organizations that depend on teamwork for success. I know what it takes to be successful in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, and still hang on to your humanity, your integrity, and your sense of humor.

October is Workplace Politics Awareness Month!

Workplace Politics Awareness Month KitThis October plan something to help the people you work with come to peace with workplace politics. You'll do more in October to reduce toxic politics and raise productivity than all the downsizing, reorgs, acquisitions, spinoffs, and what-not have done in the past decade. The Workplace Politics Awareness Month Kit includes:

  • A 16-slide PowerPoint presentation that you can use to kick off a discussion of workplace politics in your organization.
  • A pamphlet, "Ten Things to Do for Workplace Politics Awareness Month," which gives you ten great ideas to help organizations take action about destructive workplace politics.
  • A copy of my tips booklet 303 Secrets of Workplace Politics.

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