VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Self-Mastery (Part 4 of 4 on Elite Team)

Members of Elite Teams all have one major thing in common: they are all growth directed. However, the ability to direct your own attention is grossly overlooked in corporate America today. You might have heard that mindfulness is about being in the present moment, but did you also know that mindfulness is the ability to direct your attention in a specific way? In order to direct growth within your team, all members must first be able to fully direct themselves. The lower your level of self-discipline, the more someone else will have to discipline you. In this final video in a series that focuses on building elite teams, Chris Yonker highlights the importance of consistently working on conditioning your mind …

VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Elite Teams – Aligning Core Values

We live in a time when many people are not staying with the same company for the duration of their work lives and as CEOs we must embrace the fact that many roles are simply catapults to the next position, whether it is within or outside of the company. In this video, the third in a series on building Elite teams, Chris Yonker speaks on the importance of aligning the core values of the individuals on your team with those of the company. How can your team use their its gifts and talents to enrich someone else? Each member of a team needs to feel significant and see that what he or she is doing makes a difference. Consequently, each …

Where Executive Coaching Often Fails in the C-Suite

CEOs like you often find themselves in a quandary when they need someone to confide in or share ideas with. No one else in the company faces equivalent problems and decisions, and your peers can often be competitors—hardly the people you want to entrust with that kind of information.  This divide can be hard to navigate. I look at my role as to help bridge that primary disconnect through individual coaching and by becoming a trusted confidante and sounding board. Beyond that, I often see another disconnect that individual coaching may not mend: between the CEO and the executive team. While individual coaching has tremendous benefits to you personally, your executive team may still feel a need to hide their …

VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Removing Self-Interest

In this video, the second in a series on building Elite teams, Chris Yonker speaks on the importance of removing self-interest and taking politics out of your organization. Executive teams must have the ability to generate trust within their teams. Patrick Lencioni describes trust as “the ability to be vulnerable.” Being vulnerable means removing ego that so often leads to dysfunctional behavior. By creating trust and encouraging vulnerability, executive teams can begin to understand the paradigms and models of the world that drive the behavior of their team, allowing them to create positive conflict and hold each other accountable. These are the necessary strategies for teams that operate with optimal performance.

VIDEO: Chris Yonker speaks on Elite Teams / Creating Cultural Change

A recent Gallup survey found that only one third of US employees are mentally tuned in to their job. Many organizations may know they need to make a change but are challenged with where to start. In this video (the first in a four part series) on Building Elite Teams, Chris Yonker brings his audience to the root of the problem–the organization’s culture. You can change a system or strategy within a company, but the culture will always pull it back to the former state. The bottom line is this: In order to get permanent behavior change in an organization, the culture needs to be changed. This is not a bottom-up approach. Rather, cultural change must start with the executive …