ABOUT A YEAR later, Michael ran into Sandy at a business conference and began to tell her more about his experiences with creating a culture of empowerment and helping others do the same. They wound up talking for quite awhile, as Michael shared what he had learned about the process of moving to the Land of Empowerment.

Michael said, “You know, Sandy, you told me how challenging the journey would be and it certainly was, but I now know a way to help others better appreciate what happens.”

“Oh, tell me about it,” replied Sandy.

“Well, it really comes from what you told me about the stages of team development. You told me that teams go through three stages before they reach the production stage of being high performing, empowered teams: ...

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