This article was written by regular contributor Karl Burgher.
In our last couple of posts—Management vs. Leadership and the 3 “C’s” of Leadership we speak to the difficulty of management. While leadership can be riskier it is much harder to keep a person working on a goal and/or task that has no end in sight. Anyone who has worked in a production facility or food mission will know exactly what I mean. There is no end date in production; there is no end date in serving meals to the poor. Standing up on a park bench and rallying folks to “save the _____” is a heck of a lot more romantic. It has an emotional goal and often an immediate objective. No wonder everyone wants to be a leader and no one wants to be a manager. It is very hard to manage well. (more…)
This article is based on the eBook “The Myths and Realities of Teamwork”
Teamwork, when introduced for the right reasons and managed in a challenging way, is one of most rewarding processes any manager or leader can experience. However, there still exist a lot of misunderstandings and myths about teamwork which can have a negative influence on it. In this article we will address 5 of these myths. Don’t miss this. (more…)
Dieser Artikel basiert auf dem kostenlosen eBook “Aufbau und Gestaltung eines Images – Corporate Identity Management”
Es gibt unterschiedliche Anlässe sich Gedanken über das Image des eigenen Geschäfts zu machen.
Beispielsweise: Kunden laufen davon, die Konkurrenz ist groß, das Geschäft und Sie sind nicht bekannt genug oder viele ähnliche Produkte und Dienstleistungen sind auf dem Markt.
Hier hilft es, ein starkes und einzigartiges Vorstellungsbild bei den Kunden und Ihren Mitarbeitern aufzubauen und systematisch zu gestalten; und genau hier setzt das Corporate Identity Management (CIM) an.
Welche Ziele das CIM verfolgt und welche Aufgaben ein Unternehmen zu erledigen hat, erklärt Ihnen Autorin, Referentin & Journalistin Daniela Bah in diesem Artikel. Lesen Sie los! (more…)
Sarah Simpson: Freelance trainer, lecturer, writer and the owner of Dragontooth Training and Consultancy
1. In your new book “High-value low-cost team building activities”, you talk about the importance of building a functioning team. Why is it crucial for modern companies to focus on team building?
I am sure you will all have heard the phrase “we need to build the team” but if you ask people what this actually means you will either get a silent quizzical look, or a wide range of answers that might include “we need to all get on with each other” or “we need to be able to work better together”, but what does this actually mean?
We will all be familiar with Tuckman’s team formation (forming, norming, storming, performing and adjourning). So, team building in its strictest sense would look at the process of bringing a team together, developing roles and ‘norms’, leading it to high performance and finally debrief and feedback upon dissolution. However ‘team building’ in this context describes how can we ensure that individuals within teams and teams or departments within organizations work together in the most effective and efficient manner possible. (more…)
This article is based on the free eBook “There’s no “I” in TEAM – Develop your teamwork skills”
Teams are a fundamental part of working life. They account for the vast majority of work done in organisations. Yet it is one thing to create a team, but quite another to create a team that works. Just as it is one thing to join a team, but quite another to perform as a team member. To put it simply, teams do not work without teamwork and a well-oiled teamwork makes all the difference. Here you can take a look at the main benefits of teamwork.
Why is teamwork important?
Because it’s a better way to work! It:
1. Creates synergy – where the sum is greater than the parts. Perhaps the most significant impact a team can have is the ability to achieve more together, than if each member worked individually. It’s in the combination of skills and expertise, when the skills of one member complement the skills of another, and compensates for each other’s weaknesses, that teamwork really works. (more…)
This article is based on the free eBook “Thinking Skills”
Innovation is one of the major drivers behind business success. As an example, the giant packaging company 3m expects every single one of their staff to spend 15% of their time on innovation. This is not just innovating around new products and services but about new systems, new methods, and new procedures. That’s because in a fast-moving world, where people expect things to get better and better, and cheaper and cheaper, innovation is the answer to creative solutions and the route to getting ahead of the competition. Besides creative thinking there are 5 pathways to innovation. (more…)
Do you know what the ultimate competitive advantage in today’s fast changing business climate is? The answer is: organisational creativity. Business is fundamentally a creation process: creation of customer value, creation of new technologies and processes, creation of new market space, and creation of the better ways of creation itself. It is therefore safe to say that a world class organisation must exhibit an unequalled excellence in creation in order to be recognised. (more…)
Having become a highly successful organisation and maybe even achieved world class excellence, however admirable it may be, it is just the beginning of a never ending journey. In the relentless, head-snapping global competition, standing still is the quickest way to slip back. A truly world class excellence must be resilient, long-lasting, and can by definition stand the test of time. (more…)
There is one factor all world class companies agree on: To become and remain one of the leading companies in the world you have to devote a tremendous amount of effort in involving and motivating people. It is a broad consensus today that a positive motivation philosophy and practice should improve business performances, promote innovation, and deliver stronger drive to achieve strategic objectives. This can be better understood and applied by looking into the basics of Herzberg’s hygiene theory, McGregor’s X and Y theories and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (more…)
Even if you are among those who have no clue about law, this story can be worth reading. It is a colorful explanation of what tort laws are about – indicated with the famous story of the woman who sued McDonald’s. Torts are what in Europe is taught under the discipline of ‘wrongful acts’. Let’s see how ‘wrongful’ McDonald’s acted. (more…)