012: D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R. the Secrets to Building Effective Teams with Consultant John Boyd

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John Boyd is a team intelligence and employee engagement expert. A good part of the work he’s done over the years has been with tech companies. In fact, John says, “I love how innovative technology solves problems for business, and I enjoy being a part of teams of people that work together to bring those technologies to market.”

John is the founder of Dyalogic, a consulting company devoted to helping teams of all kinds to adapt and unify by consistently discovering truth through dialogue in an ever-changing environment. His “DISCOVER” framework is the main topic of our interview today. His DISCOVER framework is featured in the July 2017 issue of Quirk’s Marketing Research Review magazine. Learn more at http://www.dyalogic.com.

In addition to his consulting firm, John is co-founder of Tracking First, a technology company providing campaign code validation and automation technology for web analytics. Their clients include:  TIAA, Verisign, Amtrak, USAA, LDS Church, Hilton, Dell, Carlson Hotels, Elkjop Nordic, AbbVie, UBM, Abbott Labs, Novartis, Royal Bank of Canada, and Holland America Cruise Lines . We don’t talk at all about this company today, BUT if you’d like to learn more about managing your online campaigns, you can visit http://www.TrackingFirst.com.

John is the author of two books, The Illustrated Guide to Selling You and The Illustrated Guide to SMART Living. He has been married to his wife Karen for 27 years. They are the parents of seven children.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:


  • What a team is and how a team functions as a complete system.
  • How one part of a system can affect the whole system.
  • Why charity and love play a key role in effective team behavior.
  • What team intelligence is and how to increase it.
  • The 8 steps to increasing team intelligence.

D – Destroy Information Barriers

I – Invite Feedback

S – Seek Out the Info

C – Challenge Your Assumptions

O – Observe Your Environment

V – Verify and Clarify

E – Emotional Regulation/Management

R – Respond Quickly

  • Why God is the most important member of your team and how to involve God in the process.


Resources Mentioned:

John’s Article in Quirk’s:  https://www.quirks.com/storage/attachments/59565b0cd82f1c142c1e3256/595a76cad82f1c11e424a0fa/original/201707_quirks.pdf

Information Entropy on Wikipediahttps://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_entropy

Information Entropy Video on Khan Academy (quantifying information loss):  https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/informationtheory/moderninfotheory/v/information-entropy

Fog of War on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog_of_war

IMDb Page for the movie Band of Brothershttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185906/

Urban Meyer profile on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Meyer

Larry Ellison profile on Oracle websitehttps://www.oracle.com/corporate/executives/ellison/index.html

Steve Jobs profile on Biography.comhttps://www.biography.com/people/steve-jobs-9354805

Link to Jack Welch interview where he says, “That’s why all these leadership books and stuff about leadership, it’s all crap.”:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/truth-trust-crap-how-jack-welch-looks-leadership-today-daniel-roth

Meg Whitman on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Whitman

Battle of Gettysburg on History.com:  http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-gettysburg

“What are mental models?” on Princeton.eduhttp://mentalmodels.princeton.edu/about/what-are-mental-models/

Clemson vs. Alabama 2017 game summary on ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400876570

Forbes article “Don’t Skimp on the After Action Review: 6 Ways AAR Will Catapult Your Situational Awareness”:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2016/12/01/dont-skimp-on-the-after-action-review-6-reasons-why/#6e914402ba3d

Emotionally Focused Therapy on GoodTherapy.org:  http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/emotionally-focused-therapy

James Mattis profile on Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mattis


Link to Obama O’s:  https://www.airbnb.com/obamaos

Link to Captain McCain’shttps://www.airbnb.com/capnmccains

Go to Meeting service:  https://www.gotomeeting.com/lp/sem?c_name=gget-d-c&c_mark=NAPPC&c_prod=GTM&c_kwd=go_to_meeting-Exact&c_cmp=sf-70150000000adcs&c_date=CAT1&c_cell=CjwKEAjw387JBRDPtJePvOej8kASJADkV9TLGiy0QN3bte62ZskaZm210SE7K7y4p2siQzQxdYpzGxoCLvzw_wcB&gclid=CjwKEAjw387JBRDPtJePvOej8kASJADkV9TLGiy0QN3bte62ZskaZm210SE7K7y4p2siQzQxdYpzGxoCLvzw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Couple Communication course:  http://www.couplecommunication.com/

Where to Find John Online:


Dyalogic:  http://www.dyalogic.com/

Tracking First:  http://trackingfirst.com/

John’s Book on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2sG8r6i

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