Google did a multi-year study of the highest-performing teams at their company, hoping to understand what makes them so efficient. The results told them a simple answer: community. The highest-performing teams were ones where individuals felt comfortable being themselves. The more a team feels like a supportive community, the higher its productivity is. Often, the most high-performing teams feel like a family, and that makes an incredible difference in their results.
1. Learn what everyone’s doing.… Read the full article >
A complaint we hear when the economy is booming is, “We attract great people. But our best and brightest become disillusioned and eventually go off in search of other opportunities.” All too often, leaders don’t leverage the talent they have in their teams. These teams operate at a deficit—equal to or less than the sum of its parts. As a result, the best people leave.
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Love is as important in the executive suite as in the bedroom suite. Love simply means having deep affection. It means caring. Why wouldn’t you have deep affection for people you spend most of your waking hours with, who share with you the challenge and joys of overcoming obstacles, and whose success means your success? More to the point of leadership – if you, the leader, doesn’t care about the team, why should the team care about you, your goals and your priorities?
So how do you show you care, you really care, and do it in the business… Read the full article >
The new movie now headed to your local theater—Steve Jobs—sets out to make the point that the man who created arguably the greatest company in the world was slightly off his rocker. Or perhaps he was a nasty, crazy man in disguise.
Rather than indulging in that pointless debate, let’s step back and look at a broader and more meaningful issue: virtually all great leaders are in fact lunatics in part.
It is the very oddity of their thinking and personalities that lets them see and develop what passes the rest of us by. The fact is, I have… Read the full article >
Having a place for employees to call when they have problems at home or are struggling with addiction is one thing. But when a company puts into place an employee anonymous tip line – to report abusive managers – things have gone too far.
I was quite surprised when I saw it first hand – an unhappy employee calls the tip line and reports a manager who is abusive. Just one anonymous call and the manager’s reputation is destroyed…. Read the full article >
Data is important. And now the experts say Big Data is the answer to all our problems. But when trying to change a culture, a few little people are much more important.
Collecting data is critical to success
It is important to collect data to better understand a culture. It gives the team members a voice. No organizational culture change can be done without the members having had the opportunity to voice their opinions about what’s needed through a survey and/or… Read the full article >
Managers pride themselves on being in the know. What the upcoming changes are going to be. Who is really behind the initiative. Who is moving up and who is moving out. Ironically, they are not in the know in the most important area of work life—what their employees really think.
Let’s get one thing straight. Your employees want to please you. They want you to like them and consider them for raises and promotions. Their livelihood depends on you.
As… Read the full article >