It’s more than just dodgy ignition switches, GM’s leadership has produced a real lemon. When we start to examine the culture that has led to this sorry state of affairs, it’s clear that the rot starts at the top. But all is not lost - at least, not yet.
On this holiday weekend in the midst of fireworks and fun, how about taking a moment to reflect on how you're doing as a leader, manager or supervisor. Are you a sparkling firecracker or a fizzling dud?
Over the years, dozens of different types of leaders have been identified. But as someone who believes that simpler is usually better, you can forget all of those because I've boiled down all those styles to just two basic types: Builders and Climbers.
Many of life’s problems stem from poor communication skills. When you choose to improve these, your life will change. And a good place to start is understanding that if you don’t listen to other people, don’t be surprised if they won't listen to you.
Social capital is the currency of teamwork, lubricating the flow of knowledge around organizations. As people work together over time, you might assume this is something that develops naturally, but that’s not always true. So social capital needs to be nurtured if it is to grow.
Can putting in 10,000 hours of practice make you a master of your craft? Malcolm Gladwell claimed it could, but sadly his assertion simply doesn’t hold water. Practice can’t make up for a lack of natural ability - which is why playing to your strengths is so important.
Inside every one of us there is a little voice that criticizes, judges and shames us, telling us that we’re deficient, bad or wrong. It’s merciless, damaging and it needs to be silenced.
Many organizations are suffering from an epidemic of co-operation. Their problem isn’t too little teamwork, it’s too much. Forget a lack of communication, the challenge now is how to separate the mass of trivia from the things that are really important.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Everyone needs a proper holiday. Taking real time out from work is a non-negotiable necessity if we're to to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul.And that means turning off the phone and leaving the laptop at home.
We hear a lot these days about the up-side of failure and how we can learn from it. But failure isn’t such a neutral experience, which is why nobody wants it. So perhaps it’s time we reconsidered our whole definition of what success and failure actually mean.
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