There is one type of communication block that is highly destructive but rarely discussed. It's jumping to conclusions. Communication is the cornerstone of team effectiveness. The ability to slow down and truly hear what team members are communicating will significantly improve team performance.
Believe it or not, Ace of Cakes and Hell's Kitchen have a lot in common. Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Jeffrey "Duff" Goldman are both entrepreneurs with a their work and a clear vision of the kind of environment they want to create. They both have a passion for excellence and place an emphasis on creativity and innovation. The corporate cultures they create are very different and there are important lessons to be learned by any executive seeking to foster a vibrant team based culture.