Teams can deliver a competitive advantage when they function well. The task of designing and managing one; however, can get complex. Whether you are building a team for a short-term project or constructing one for an entire organization’s path, leaders can incorporate three things to sustain long term success.
1. Establish Purpose
A clear purpose for the team and each team member will help align both organizational and individual goals. This purpose becomes the basis on which team members develop plans and solutions that convert thought into action. …
Recognizing and identifying solutions to problems is critical. Organizations are confronted with increasingly difficult situations, circumstances, and environments every day. Let’s face it, we live in an increasingly complex world. In many cases though, leaders and teams get sidetracked and instead focus on the symptoms rather than identifying the actual problem.
To avoid this trap, organizations must get better at problem framing, which is the process of examining the differences between where we are now and where we want to go, and what is preventing us from getting there. …
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Many factors determine a team’s, company’s, or organization’s success, but none more than their leader.
Leadership is a multiplier of effects; with it, organizations are focused and synchronized, resources are used efficiently, people become energized and motivated, and missions are more likely to achieve desired outcomes.
Leadership serves a motivational purpose: to energize others to achieve challenging goals. An organization with effective leadership has a clear purpose, common methods, and ordered processes; sustains itself; and accomplishes its missions.
In Under New Management, David Burkus explains that we’ve all been taught that the customer is king, but the reality is that your employees are just as important to running a vibrant business. In fact, one can argue that employees should be your main concern. And don’t worry about your clients, they won’t mind if you focus on the people who work for you.
In fact, happy employees lead to happy and loyal customers. …
If you’ve spent a lot of time studying for exams, it’s likely you know how easy it is to spend an entire day copying down useless information and then ending up with a disappointing grade.
The fact is that practicing hard can be a waste of time if you don’t practice intelligently.
People who practice always have more success at mastering a new skill than people who put in no effort at all. That said, cognitive psychologist Anders Ericsson has discovered that the key to this success is intelligent practice.
Consider athletics. Successful runners don’t practice with vague goals in…
Organizations must remain watchful to guard against bad leadership, which can fall on the spectrum from incompetence to full on abusiveness. Bad leaders have a negative impact on employees, on the company, and ultimately on the products or services they provide.
Their behaviors often include intimidation, bullying, misrepresenting facts, rejecting input from employees, retaliation, blaming others, dishonesty, deceit, and anger. These toxic behaviors prevent the formation of a positive organizational climate, prevent other leaders from meeting their requirements, and thwart the organization from accomplishing its goals.
Bill Treasurer and John Havlik, in their book The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in…
General Colin Powell was the first African-American to head a “four-star troop command” when he took command of United States Army Forces Command. In August 1989, he spelled out 13 of his favorite leadership principles.
On a recent rainy Sunday, I started looking through my library and came across Patton’s One-Minute Messages: Tactical Leadership Skills for Business Managers, which has actually been travelling with me since I was a young Second Lieutenant almost 26 years ago. If memory serves me right, I believe I picked up the book at the Ft. Knox Post Exchange when I was attending the Armor Officer Basic Course.
As I browsed through the small book, I came across a lot of dog-eared pages and my handwritten notes scribbled in the margins. It definitely brought back some memories. The book essentially…
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