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Culture

6 Strategies For Creating A Candid Culture

March 20, 2017

“How many times have you walked out of a meeting and grumbled to a colleague about a senior leader’s decision? The inevitable grumbling will enact a toll on the decision’s results. It may delay implementation or eliminate the possibility of a great insight that would have improved or changed the decision and kept the organization from harm’s way.” To create a culture of candor, says Joseph Folkman, you must model the behavior you want to see in others.


These 6 Business Leaders Share Their Top Advice for Creating a Stellar Company Culture

February 22, 2017

Business leaders from Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list share insights. Our favorite: “You’ve got all of the skills to be intentional about your culture—but you have to prioritize it.”


Leadership

Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)

March 22, 2017

As Peter Drucker said: “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection, will come even more effective action.” Author and coach Jennifer L. Porter asks, “So, if reflection is so helpful, why don’t many leaders do it?”


The 5 Traits of a Highly Effective Leadership H.A.B.I.T

March 13, 2017

“Habits are formed by practice and repetition—by simply making better choices more often. Not all of the time, but most of the time,” says Doug Conant. “Over time, the power of your habits is likely to surprise you as your leadership effectiveness grows and grows.”


Teams

How to Accelerate Learning on Your Team

March 17, 2017

“Why is it so difficult to get our teams learning at scale? In my experience, the central challenge is that leaders tend to think of learning too narrowly — equating it with training, mentoring, or “constructive feedback” during performance reviews.” According to Elizabeth Doty, “If you want to accelerate learning on your team, first engage them in a meaningful challenge, then design a feedback system that enables them to learn naturally, every day.”


If Your Team Agrees on Everything, Working Together Is Pointless

February 3, 2017

“There’s no point in collaboration without tension, disagreement, or conflict,” writes Liane Davey in Harvard Business Review. “What we need is collaboration where tension, disagreement, and conflict improve the value of the ideas, expose the risks inherent in the plan, and lead to enhanced trust among the participants.”


Other

Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround

March 16, 2017

Strategy+Business examines one hospital’s dramatic turnaround, which offers lessons for any leader seeking to overcome chronic underperformance. While talk of transformation often revolves around technology or new business models, this one put people at its core, including a CEO who held himself to the same aspirations and high standards he applied to the organization.


5 Ways to Empower Employees to Drive Change

February 23, 2017

“In today’s ever-changing and more complex business environment, giving a broader range of people more power to drive organizational change is tantamount to success.” Says author Brent Gleeson, “Inspiring the team is one thing, but physically and psychologically giving them more autonomy to participate in the transformation process is critical.”