Contrary to popular belief, being an effective leader is not something we are born with. Leadership combines good organisational skills with the skills necessary to get people to do willingly and well the work that needs to be done. These techniques can and need to be learnt. Every organisation can improve its effectiveness, without major innovations or capital investments.
A motivated employee is not only a productive employee, but a key ingredient for the success of any organisation. Motivated employees provide exceptional customer service, which brings customers back to you. They also stay with the organisation longer, which decreases the costs inherent in hiring and training new employees. How do you motivate employees? You can use a variety of methods,… Read more →
Creativity and innovation are fueled by the intelligence of people who have the freedom and right to express their ideas. How can we liberate the creativity and intelligence of our employees? How can we integrate their individual ideas, inspiration, and analysis into rapid decisions and actions and coordinate them to create value for customers? How can we build organisational intelligence?
As a consultant, I hear many complaints from employees about their co-workers. But a lack of teamwork is the most common complaint. For many reasons, some people just do not work well as part of the team. They might be territorially focused, they might be threatened, or they might be just independent. But for many people they just don‘t understand… Read more →
The most prominent reason for the lack of effective team work in an organisation is simple to pin-point: it’s poor listening. Or the lack of it altogether. Listening – a well-tuned ear increases mutual respect and teamwork. From the CEO’s office to the shop floor, listening can spell the difference between cooperation and mistrusting and jealousy.
Do the members of your work unit view themselves as a group of individuals who work independently of one another, or as a collection of individuals who work interdependently with each other? The following are 6 key differences between ‘Groups’ and ‘Teams’.
Explore every person’s ideas fully and politely. Discipline yourself to listen and understand others’ ideas. Don’t argue or debate but explore and support. Demonstrate your openness and trust in others. Be an active contributor and consolidator of ideas.