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Where do you spend the majority of your management efforts?

Our reader poll today asks: Where do you spend the majority of your time and effort? – Managing up (bosses, customers, senior stakeholders): 39.32% – Managing across (peers, partners, stakeholders): 34.76% – Managing down (team members, suppliers): 25.92% It’s interesting we spend more time managing up than we do managing our teams. That can be […]

How Your Lack of Transparency is Destroying Your Team

Opacity kills. People want to know what’s going on.  They expect their leaders to be up front with them and share information. When “leaders” use information as a source of power, it’s the beginning of the end for their team.  People see right through that power grab and that “leader’s” trust quotient plummets. Most of […]

Don’t Hold People Accountable – Help Them Instead

Today’s post is by Brendan Reid, author of Stealing the Corner Office (CLICK HERE to get your copy). I embraced the first 10 years of my career with enough passion and intensity to sink a ship. I was Captain Accountability. I demanded excellence from myself and from everyone else around me. And for a long […]

What’s the biggest barrier to change in your organization?

Our reader poll today asks: What’s the biggest barrier to change in your organization? – Inertia and the power of the status quo: 34% – Lack of resources/competing priorities: 32% – People not wanting to take risks that could hurt them: 26% – Lack of skills/expertise to make changes: 5% – We have no challenges […]

The Leader’s Edge – Paradox Thinking

Today’s post is by Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, author of The Power of Paradox (CLICK HERE to get your copy). A company wants to be known for innovation at the same time customers embrace it for its stability, to thrill shareholders with strong short-term revenue results and concurrently take actions to ensure long-term health. From those two […]

When does providing feedback become too distracting?

Our reader poll today asks: When does providing feedback become too distracting? – Never. All feedback is great to give and receive: 12% – Sometimes. People don’t always provide actionable feedback: 71% – Often. Too much feedback becomes distracting and confusing: 14% – All of the time. Enough with the feedback already. Let’s do some […]

3 Key Skills You Must Have to Lead a High Performing Team

As the leader of a high performing team, you’re personally responsible for making sure your team has the required set of skills to succeed and execute against all the initiatives on your prioritization list. You need to evaluate your team’s mission, look at the key initiatives, and then map out the skills and capabilities required […]

What Makes a Group Smart?

Today’s post is is adapted from a longer interview with Thomas Malone, conducted by Art Kleiner of strategy+business. What if you could measure the intelligence of a group? What if you could predict which committees, assigned to design a horse, would end up with a camel, versus which would develop a thoroughbred—or a race car? […]

How do you deal with team members who disrupt the team dynamic?

Our reader poll today asks: How do you deal with team members who disrupt the team dynamic? – Coach them and better integrate them into the team: 65% – Remove them from the team for the greater good: 18% – Accept it and work around them: 17% Disruptive team members can be more destructive than […]

5 Keys to Successfully Allocating Work Across Your Team

As the leader of a high-performing team, how you distribute and balance work across the members of that team is a critical success factor. It needs to be done fairly. Note, I didn’t say equally. Work allocation needs to be done fairly because you want your team to operate on the basis of equality. You […]