It’s been said countless times (mostly by leaders trying to lead a team) that there is no “I” in teamwork. But why such an emphasis on teamwork? Teamwork is work done by several people, each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole. And that is the entire point of leadership… to motivate a group of people – the “we” rather than many I’s — toward achieving a desired, common goal. But is teamwork really better for a business’ performance over each person just doing their part individually? It is.
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Want to get ahead at work? Most everyone does. But professional growth does not just happen. Some people’s careers seem to rise meteorically while others ascend at a glacial pace. And others are even worse off, stuck or are even sliding downhill. Career growth requires work… and not just doing good work at work. There are specific steps that can facilitate climbing the ladder of success. Here are 10 hacks to help fuel career growth. Continue reading
Even though there are literally tens of thousands of books on leaders and leadership – not to mention podcasts, blog posts, scholarly articles and social media posts — there is a huge disconnect between what most leaders are supposed to do and what they actually do. That is the gap that always exists between theory and practice, and it is especially true in the area of business leadership. For every business leader who has received training on how to lead a team, department or company, there are ten who are thrust into the position with little or no knowledge, skill or ability to lead. Many are intelligent, capable experts in their fields but haven’t a clue what leadership looks or sounds like. Here is some insight into what great leaders say. Continue reading
How does a company go about making itself really stand out from the crowd? It is important to look at how different industries and organizations – from aviation to tourism to cosmetics — have tackled this very question, and consider the creative process for finding a niche upon which to stand apart. Continue reading