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Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

For that loop to exist the Cooperation Loop must also exist. The cooperation loop is a mindset of working to find cooperation …any size large and small and develop practice of building from that cooperation. Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. Seems like we have some cooperation.

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It Is Helpful to Listen, Agree, Cooperate. Discover Different Viewpoints :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

The managers did not find value in the content and initial management field assignment. I was called back in for an emergency meeting with the managers + their managers + the Human Resources director. It is helpful to listen, agree and cooperate. Talk to discover slightly different viewpoints for cooperation. It is helpful to listen, agree and cooperate. talk to discover slightly different viewpoints for cooperation.

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Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Management is your day job; leadership is your career. That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change. Managers are expected to handle the workload; leaders are expected to determine what comes next. Management is a disciplinary process while leadership is an aspirational intention.

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Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. 7 Principles of Leadership Development: Managers as Mentors. Management and Team Leadership Is Telling People What To Do. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops.

Inconsistent Bossing: A Surefire Way to Disengage

Great Leadership By Dan

Bosses can take a moment when they arrive to work (or whenever necessary) to self-evaluate their mindset, see where there thoughts lay to make sure they don’t project their own whimsical emotions on others. The same ripple effect can of course occur when projecting negativity. Sigal Barsade (2002), currently a Professor of Management at The Wharton School, conducted seminal work into the positive and negative effects of the emotional dance that takes place in every group.

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Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate. It was clear that we would get a lot more done if we could move the culture toward a higher level of trust and cooperation and away from the zero sum game to which they were accustomed.

Fear of Loss of Group Membership is More Powerful Than Management

Mike Cardus

Management must be OK with the team changing the steps, as long as the change goal is met you cannot micromanage the process. Example – Working with a large Coffee and Bake Shop franchise headquarters wanting the district managers to use Coaching & Feedback as opposed to authority and demands with the franchise owners. The district managers operated under a control and command system and asking them to switch to coaching & feedback was met with great resistance.

How to Turn Group Work into Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

And the American Management Association reports that 60% of executives listed lack of collaboration as one of their top leadership challenges. So what can teachers (or managers) do to change this and improve their workplace culture? If you are an educator, you have most likely attempted group work, or “cooperative learning,” at some point over the recent past.

Guest Blogger Nathan Zeldes: Why and How to Communicate Across Company Lines


Better yet, in some cases this allowed me to strike alliances and mount joint projects with like-minded engineers and managers – to the benefit of all our organizations. Lastly, lack of priority, support and encouragement from one’s management (you’ll have noticed that whenever times are tough, travel to conferences and other meeting opportunities is the first to be axed.). Have you tried to communicate with your peers in other organizations lately?

8 Guidelines for Leadership Coaching and Team Building Activities

Mike Cardus

The effort is finding exceptions to the problem and determining how the team and person cooperate best. Then changing my interaction with them to cooperate in the best way to achieve shared goals. Examples of 1 on 1 coaching using activities: 3 Ideas for Time Management and Getting Your Work Organized. To-Do : In-Progress : Complete: Target Chart – Team Building and Project Management Activity. Pre-Animate: Project Planning Team Building Activity.

Instead of looking for the Problems. Start looking for the Exceptions

Mike Cardus

Someone at work ( your manager, coworker, subordinate, peer, vendor, customer, etc…) pisses you off and you go off on an angry tirade about “What a jerk they are – they always do this. These fictions can be seen either as cooperation or resistance ; they are one or the other. Pattern of Cooperation. I suggest that instead of looking for the problems’ resistance you simply start looking for the exceptions’ cooperation. “

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Change in Companies and Teams is Not Only Possible, it is Inevitable

Mike Cardus

Working with managers, teams and various sizes of companies …we all feel stuck and that nothing is ever going to change. When consulting and working on long-term projects with teams, the initial meeting is used to determine: Where is the team right now? In the past when faced with challenges how has the team managed to be successful? Plus it helps, for you the facilitator, to be on the look out for cooperation. Photo Credit.

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How to Avoid Starting a Turf War When Implementing Change

Change Starts Here

In other cases, someone else is already working on a similar project, and you’ve been tasked with absorbing it into your initiative. When the change you’re implementing takes responsibility away, or implies that a manager is doing something wrong, they may perceive it as a threat to their status. If you have an executive sponsor, you can ask them to lay the groundwork by making an introduction, demonstrating support, and setting the expectation of cooperation.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

But we have come to tolerate the illusion that the essential matters of work can be invented, managed, and sustained through the creation, storage, retrieval, display, and publication of information. Rather than attempting to replace people, our IT systems, processes, and products should be aimed at enabling the human cooperation, collaboration, and innovation that are essential to growing a business. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

Ensure Smooth Transitions for Successful Change

Change Starts Here

Although construction was moving along smoothly, it became apparent to the project’s director, Brian Horgan, that moving people would not be as easy. In December 2010, the project team met for a one-day workshop to take stock of the potential “people issues” created by the move. First, through a series of exercises, the project team identified the key transitions for the project. The Move Captain role brought the project to the employees.

Expand Your Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

I work with my clients and their managers to determine: 1) who are my client’s key stakeholders and 2) what are the key behaviors that my client wants to change. The project began when I met with Bruce Jones, CEO of Clarkson, and Mary Washington, EVP of Human Resources. They shared information with each other to help improve cross-functional teamwork, synergy, and cooperation. True long-term change requires discipline over time and process management.

The Big Barrier to High-Value Health Care: Destructive Self-Interest

Harvard Business Review

In the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, an effort is under way to get insurers, providers, employers, and unions to cooperate in creating a system that can reduce total health care costs and premiums while achieving better outcomes. This prompted a local labor-management trust fund to begin to consider a new approach: one in which players in the local heath care system address the challenges from the perspective of their region as a whole.

What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work

Harvard Business Review

A 2012 Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey found that 60% of CEOs did not believe they had the talent they needed to be successful, and one in four had to delay or forego market opportunities and strategic initiatives because they didn''t have the right talent. They include accidentally getting the wrong people (meaning the person resigns or is terminated within 18 months), which as any manager who has made this mistake knows, is very expensive. Hiring Managing people

Empathetic Negotiation Saved My Company

Harvard Business Review

In the course of a long phone dialogue with the R&D Manager of the Indian company our Managing Director lost his temper and made some regrettable and insulting comments about the supplier’s capabilities and business practices. Achieving this kind of empathy after such a rocky start wasn’t something to be done by telephone and e-mail, so I suggested that my Managing Director and I go to India together.

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New Books from HBR Press for January

Harvard Business Review

Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. According to management expert Leigh Thompson, collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces what she calls a "creative conspiracy." Also check out the HBR Guide to Project Management and the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across. Creativity Managing yourself

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

Digital leaders, those companies that have managed their digital transformations successfully, all show common characteristics in the way they have shaped their IT to work differently with the business. They have changed their IT functions utilizing three related management interventions which, taken together, represent a fundamental re-invention of IT. Company and unit leaders need to ensure that IT is in a leading position on all key digital projects.

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Accountants Will Save the World

Harvard Business Review

For every robust, time-tested measure of return on financial capital, we need another for social capital — the economic benefits that derive from cooperation among groups, and yet another for natural capital — the supply of natural ecosystems (think forests, oceans, mineral deposits) that we turn into valuable goods or services future. But where we've lost the plot is that we only demand — and manage — a return on financial capital.

Beware Trading Privacy for Convenience

Harvard Business Review

National Security Agency has been conducting in cooperation with telephone and Internet companies has raised the awareness level a bit. With that trust, they hope to secure revenue streams from identity to orchestrate payments, manage access, validate reputation, and ensure security. The companies contending to win our trust to manage our digital identities all seem to have complementary (or competing) business models that breach that trust by selling our data.

Collaborate with a Loved One Without Ruining Your Relationship

Harvard Business Review

Inevitably, that leads to questions about what it was like to work so closely together and how we managed it without ruining our marriage. In fact, if you look into what it takes to work closely with a loved one on a project like this, there are lessons for any creative collaboration between people who care about each other. First, start with a strong foundation and agree to protect it; maximize cooperation, minimize competition. “I Collaboration Managing yourself

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Harvard Business

Industry research, for example, shows that companies spent more than $24 billion on leadership and management training worldwide in 2013, an increase of 15% from 2012. Underlying this notion was the lack of tangible results that could be attributed to management training. After reflecting on this input, each manager was required to carry out at least one safe-to-fail experiment. Leadership development represents a huge and growing investment for most organizations.

The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business

These require sophisticated, sustainability-based management. When firms fail to establish good relationships with their stakeholders, it can lead to increased conflict and reduced stakeholder cooperation. ” Improving risk management. Managing risks therefore requires making investment decisions today for longer-term capacity building and developing adaptive strategies. billion in mining projects since 2010.

Research: Arab Inventors Make the U.S. More Innovative

Harvard Business

innovation system, we ran an exercise matching Arabic first names with international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). In the five-year period from 2009 to 2013, there were 8,786 U.S. the main home of Arab inventors, but the number of Arab patents increased 62% over 10 years, from 1,826 patent applications from 1999–2003 to 2,962 from 2009–2013. In 2013 there were approximately 1.02

People Are Angry About Globalization. Here’s What to Do About It.

Harvard Business

Economists, policy makers, executives, educators, the press, and others must become more adept at anger management. Why does all this matter for the purposes of anger management? A 2013 Pew Research survey found that business executives ranked ninth out of 10 professions in terms of social contribution, only placing ahead of lawyers. Pollutants that cross national borders to a significant extent — usually airborne ones — require cross-border cooperation.