Researchers at MIT have uncovered some of the “mysteries” of team chemistry.* Not surprisingly, it is all about communication. But just exactly “how” do the most effective teams communicate? By equipping members of a wide variety of teams with electronic “badges” that captured communication behavior – tone of voice, body language, whom they spoke with, how much, and more – … [Read more...] about The Chemistry of Team Communications
Finally, the op-ed is getting the attention it deserves! The “explosive” anonymous op-ed The New York Times published on Wednesday, September 5 has opened up new opportunities for the often overlooked op-ed. Its reach is no longer limited to academics, politicians and intellectuals. Op-ed writers published in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, Washington Post … [Read more...] about The Explosive Op-Ed
The leaders I talk with – whether they are in corporations, nonprofits, or government – tell me that most of their days are frenzied. They feel like they are in a “constant state of urgency” – going from one fire to another. This is the issue that Steven Covey was addressing in his book First Things First as he suggested that leaders need to spend less time on what is … [Read more...] about A Constant State of Urgency
While I preach and preach about the importance of having an excellent, coherent strategy I cannot deny the overwhelming importance of great execution. In recent weeks I have worked with two top leaders (both women incidentally)who are fantastic at execution - which has driven this home. The importance of being able to GSD (Get Stuff Done) is always vital, as two friends of … [Read more...] about Execution Beats Strategy?
You know you have a brilliant strategy – but it is not working. What’s up? There are a myriad of reasons why excellent strategies are not implemented effectively. Here are two basic pitfalls that you can avoid. #1. Undercommunicating the Strategy. John Kotter, in his classic book, Leading Change, says that leaders very often do not communicate their vision and … [Read more...] about Integrating Staff & Strategy