Have you ever listened to a leader and thought, “Did they really say that?” The below quotes are real things leaders have said when announcing changes at work.
Read, cringe, and learn.
Creating Fear of Change
“The train is leaving the station, whether you’re on it or not.”
“I know this change feels uncomfortable at the moment, but trust me, the next phase will be a lot worse…”
We have heard several versions of these statements over the years. They… Read the full article >
Why would you want to optimize your collaboration with other divisions, functions, or companies?
Because it will feel good, reduce your workload, and give you leverage for the future!
For most of us, working with others, getting inspiration, being appropriately challenged, and having fun makes a big difference. How could you do all this alone? – Collaborating can be challenging at times, but in productive relationships, the reward is much higher than what you are putting into… Read the full article >
Millennials are sometimes teased about being “trophy kids.” Recognition, earned or not, has been a central part of their lives. But how do we handle this constant need for recognition at work? Is there a limit to the amount of positive feedback and attention we should give? Can too much recognition be negative to individual and company success? We don’t think so!
Our research shows that recognition is an integral ingredient for team success. It’s part of our fifth dimension here at… Read the full article >
Are you part of a team of teams? – Probably, without even knowing it. Once you are moving up the hierarchy and are in charge of multiple teams, you are creating a team of teams universe.
The term “team of teams” has gained new traction since retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal published his book titled Teams of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World in 2015. General McChrystal was not the… Read the full article >
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.
Here are… Read the full article >
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 >
Tom Brady played every play in Super Bowl LI like the previous. With calm confidence. It didn’t matter what the score was. It didn’t matter if they were down 21–3 at halftime or moving towards a tie at 28–20 in the 4th quarter. There was the same emotional tenor all the time. In the huddles and on the field. They were playing the game, play by play. No upset, no excitement. Just playing the game. This was not an accident. This was by design. This is the design of Tom Brady, whose emotional leadership created a team ready to… 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 >
A friend of mine told me that his friend, a top leader at a top company, actually said: “I am great leader, but my team sucks.” We laughed hystertically! It is so absurb. Yet there are many leaders out there that think this.
Jim Collins’ extensive research in Good to Great tells us that great leaders of long term financially successful companies are the opposite of this leader. They are humble. They credit their success on how lucky they are to have such a great team working for them.
Yet I can empathize with this frustration of a leader who feels his team… Read the full article >