Strong leadership tries to expose the hidden biases that negatively impact decision-making. You must model honesty and transparency as productive behaviors, and seek the same from the people who work with you. You want true information, good and bad, so that you all can pour more energy into good ideas. How to battle biases? Click through for our thoughts.
Good leaders go hunting for all the productivity killers hidden beneath the civility and conventional behaviors of the team’s culture, and create mechanisms (realigned mindsets, behaviors and activities) to shed light into these dark corners of corporate life. Click through for more details.
The best business decisions and outcomes benefit from honesty and transparency among team members and other collaborators. How do leaders foster that mindset, and use this pursuit of truth to align individual and team-based motivational initiatives with the mission?
As a boss, you are automatically put in the role of a mentor to all of your employees. If you help them achieve a higher level of self-understanding and motivation, you will find it easier to fully engage that employee, and will obtain a more productive team member. So, mastering the “art” of asking questions like a mentor will improve your engagement ability. Click through for some steps to take to ask better questions.
Great leaders are highly adaptable to circumstances, and to people. You get more productivity from people who feel valued, and one fundamental approach leaders use to engage employees is to adapt their own behavior employee-by-employee to put people at ease and allow them to focus on the tasks at hand.
A leaders' emphasis on positive thinking can lead to poor decision-making if that upbeat outlook lacks a real-world dash or two of negative thinking. The best decision-making anticipates multiple outcomes to initiatives, and plans for a range of events that could impact progress. This is why we emphasize "forward thinking" rather than "positive thinking." For more on this, click into our most recent blog post.
Remember that burst of energy with which you charged into 2014? You were full of great ideas for improving personal and team productivity, and acted on them. But, that momentum may have faded as the distractions and diversions inherent in work life pecked away. With June almost done, it is time to recommit to those New Years Resolutions! Click through to find out how.
People follow leaders who promise to take them to a better place, however each person defines their own “better place.” Whatever the goal, a transformational leader finds out how each of his or her followers defines personal success, and ties that aspiration to the team's goals as practicably as possible. This must be your priority as a leader because whatever your followers’ goals, they will pour more passion and engagement into their work if they can forge a personal bond with the organization’s mission. What does “make their lives better” mean? Click through to find out!
To be more productive, get started early, find a productive routine that works and stick to your plans. Stick to your guns, too: Don't let your e-mail inbox direct your day. That place is full of other people's agendas! Read on for more about the six habits (not seven?) of productive people according to Tim Ferriss and Eric Barker.