There is a lot of talk about how to improve morale. Morale is simply a group’s s sense of positive belief in their work and the organization. Assuming there are solid work performance standards in place, more is better. Sadly, we too often think the answer is to simply give people stuff. We give them plaques, certificates, and other trinkets by the truckload. After we figured out that rewarding others was important a few decades back, we quickly began to over do it – and the trend persists today.Read More
How will you lead in the rapidly changing future of work? Start by understanding that the workplace is changing and becoming more fluid. Organizations are beginning to resemble organic systems more than mechanical ones. People are the dominant value and system in the work-world and to succeed you must master human systems. Develop your emotional intelligence and soft-skills, and you’ll be the kind of leader the world needs in the future of work. Start with yourself.Read More
Founding a tech startup is a humbling, at times even humiliating, undertaking. There is so much that you need from others in order to make your dreams a reality and no start-up founder is able to do it all herself. Even if she has the capability to wear all the important hats, she wouldn’t have the time and bandwidth to give the different roles justice. As you select your co-founders, try to make sure you have the following roles and skills represented among the team.Read More
What scientists call distributed control is usually called empowerment by management consultants. Management literature cites plenty of arguments in favor of empowerment, such as improving worker satisfaction, increasing profitability, and strengthening competitiveness. All of these are true, but never forget that the real reason for empowerment is to improve system effectiveness and survival. We enable the organization to have more resilience and agility by delegating decision-making and distributing control.Read More
Every meeting is an opportunity: a unique moment that can bring a team closer together or shred the fabric that binds. Many leaders talk about developing teams, but few truly understand the complexities and intricacies of establishing the necessary culture of unity.
Our team prepared for weeks. Built our story presentation, cleaned the offices, straightened the pictures. The day finally arrived. Our CEO was visiting for the first time.Read More
Why do so many startups fail – and what can be done about it?
Studies have identified various issues that contribute to the blow-up of startup teams, including competitive factors, market factors, technology churn and such, but the #1 – by a long shot – indicator of pending demise can be summarized with just one diagnosis: Connectile Dysfunction.Read More
In his poem If, Rudyard Kipling described the qualities that would set a person up for success. While the tone of Kipling’s poem might be a little out of place in a modern, egalitarian age, it highlights many fine qualities, not least the benefits of a healthy perspective on failure and success.
What If doesn’t do is to point out the seeds of those qualities already lying within us all.Read More
In the Shift Age, we have all become connected, globally. We can now collaborate 24 hours a day with our team, company or institution. So, in a connected world, where the speed of change is only accelerating, how can a leader best lead in a way that will keep her entity ahead of the curve, forward focused and successful?Read More
The best things in life continue to be free. The same can be said of business. I’m not referring to a bunch of “buy one get one free” promotions or deep discount sales events. I’m getting at the elements of business that drive superior performance at no extra cost.Read More
Wave Makers take that first step toward making the team feel like a team, experiment with a new product idea, or organize regular discussions for the other new college graduates. They have a meaningful idea, get others involved and act upon it. Wave Makers start the ripple effects toward important changes – even if they start with a small first step.Read More
True leadership is not found in an individual, but the individuals developed.
So it is with leadership. Those who desire to become outstanding leaders must also help those around them develop leadership skills. The true measure of a leader is not just measured by success of their organization, but by the measure of leaders they influence and develop to follow in their footsteps.Read More
I’ve worked with people who worked hard for everything they got. The hardships they endured early in life etched deeply marked goodness in their character. They are keenly aware of the importance of personal accountability, reliably, and a strong work ethic. They take nothing for granted. And they pay special attention to those who come from hardscrabble upbringings too.
You want to be successful? You want others to respect you? Earn it. Here’s how:Read More