Why Consensus Kills Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Where Dan lost me was on point #4 – Teams Decide by Consensus. The gist of the argument seems to be that for teams to be productive, employees have to feel “empowered&# by having an equal voice. They are simply meant to foster a spirit of cooperation.

How to Start Planning for Your Succession

Lead from Within

Business leaders always ask me, when is a good time to start planning their succession, and I usually answer the day you become the leader. So if you are wondering how to start planning for your succession, this is how. Seek new talent to fill the void.

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Six Things Great Leadership Teams Do

Great Leadership By Dan

Chris Edmonds : When I consult with executives on crafting a high performance, values-aligned culture, one of the first things I do is to examine the effectiveness of their leadership team. That’s no way to create a high performing, values-aligned organization.

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How to encourage healthy conflict


I’ve come to believe in the value of conflict as I see leaders struggle with it. It wasn’t always that way for me; early in my career I viewed conflict as a negative thing. Employees tended to agree in public meetings, but have one-to-one meetings afterwards where they vented their real opinions. It could be devastating to important corporate initiatives. Do they lead to outcomes that are beneficial? What would you add to the list?

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How to Employ Leadership Fundamentals…or Falter

Strategy Driven

Then, it executed several strategic moves with seemingly little communication and proceeded to churn its executive ranks through a revolving door. While addressing the sacred cow, the company failed miserably to articulate its strategy and gain support for its direction.

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How to Complete an Individual Development Plan | Thoughts for the.

Nathan Magnuson

Home / Human Resources / How to Complete an Individual Development Plan. How to Complete an Individual Development Plan. They’ve proved quite handy for many organization seeking to develop employees’ leadership skills (instead of only job skills). In this post I’ll explain what an IDP is, why it’s so important, and then share some steps showing how to complete one. Career Goal. How to Build a Development.

How to Find a Business Mentor Who'll Help You Achieve Your Leadership Goals

Great Leadership By Dan

I often get asked for advice on how to find a mentor. The question is how do you go about making it happen? Here are eight steps to follow: Step #1: Identify one or two specific leadership skills you feel that you could improve through mentoring.

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Navigating Tradeoffs in a Dual-Career Marriage

Harvard Business Review

Last month, Patrick Pichette, Google’s 52-year-old chief financial officer, announced that he was retiring to spend more time with his family. Whose career will take priority? How will domestic work (which may detract from career building) be divided up?

How to Diversify Your Professional Network

Harvard Business Review

Diverse networks can foster new ways of thinking by connecting you to people whose viewpoints, insights, resources, and lived experiences differ from your own. 3 Simple Ways for Women to Rethink Office Politics and Wield More Influence at Work. JUSTIN TALLIS/Stringer/Getty Images.

The New Art of Getting Ahead

Career Advancement

Maybe you’re fairly new to your career, or maybe you’ve spent years at the same job without a promotion. That may seem like a harsh statement after all the hard work you’ve done, but time and again, studies have shown it to be true – good work alone is not enough.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”.

Your Style of Leadership

Coaching Tip

Despite their best efforts, women still face obstacles pursuing a career and being a mother. . Unconscious to the many limitations placed on their choices, women still believe that they face a stark choice of either their careers or a happy home. With much research and learning from her own journey, Muna Jawhary wrote “Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism” to dispel the many myths we still have about women and men in society. You have to give up, to go up.

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At the Intersection of Must And Want We Find Ourselves

Lead from Within

Sometimes all our musts add up to a whole bunch of I don’t want to! Decision making often takes us to a crossroads, an intersection where we choose either what we want or what we’ve been told we must. If you see injustice at work do you feel free to speak up?

The Time-Consuming Activities That Stall Women’s Careers

Harvard Business Review

She enjoyed making to-do lists and then crushing them. Then she failed to get a promotion she thought was in the bag. To say she was frustrated would be an understatement. So how was she going to get to the next rung on the ladder? laura schneider FOR HBR.

The Iron Lady's Failed Mid-Career Transition

Harvard Business Review

With the recent movie The Iron Lady , leadership scholars like me have seized the opportunity to reflect on the lessons of Margaret Thatcher's life and career. In the film, we see an old and diminished Maggie flashing back to the pinnacle of her power. But, perhaps the most important and the least obvious lesson — for Thatcher herself, as well as for us — is about the midlife transition she failed to make; she was a victim, as many of us are, of her own success.

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

Harvard Business Review

It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Maybe you also dream about switching to a career that’s drastically different from your current job. But in my experience, it’s rare for such people to actually make the leap. I think the answer is to do both. Here’s how.

How to Revive a Tired Network

Harvard Business Review

On a scale of one to five, how important is having a good network to your ability to accomplish your goals? Even the most naive of them agree that, like it or not, relationships hold the key to both their current capac­ity and future success. Add to Cart.

The Dual-Career Mojo that Makes Couples Thrive

Harvard Business Review

"The most important career choice you''ll make is who you marry." This career advice from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg makes good sense based on research. Among couples, career outcomes are indeed linked to the dynamics of support and career priority within couples.

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April 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. No matter how much research you do or how fervently you hope for a certain outcome, reality tends to dish out different outcomes sometimes than the ones we want or hope for. Read this to change that.

How to Educate More Creative Problem-Solvers

Harvard Business Review

In today's climate of intense competition, we must find ways to develop " integrative thinking " — the thinking that leads to new business ideas, especially in science and technology. Integrative thinkers turn challenges into real business opportunities through their ability to think critically, analytically, and with imagination. Employers like Merck are always seeking integrative thinkers to join their workforces.

44 Things People Say When They Are Stuck

Lead from Within

If you want to move ahead in your business, if you want to excel in your leadership, if you want to create a successful start-up, you need to make it happen. Think of the language you use, the things you say out loud and to yourself, and ask yourself whether it’s supporting or undermining the things you want to achieve. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have consensus.

How to Make a High-Stakes Decision

Harvard Business Review

We make decisions every day without noticing, but a career-making (or breaking) challenge requires thought and deliberation. However, there are key factors you should consider to ensure you reach a sound conclusion. People respond to the pressure of big decisions in different ways. When there's more at stake, you have to take more time [but] how much time really depends on the magnitude of the decision," he says. You have to have a team.

How to Capture Value from Collaboration, Especially If You’re Skeptical About It

Harvard Business Review

Many of us recognize intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate. Teamwork all too often feels inefficient (search and coordination costs eat up time), risky (can I trust others to deliver for my client?), low value (our own area of expertise always seems most critical), and political (a sneaky way of self-promoting to other areas of one’s firm). But collaboration is not consensus.

Five Ways that Coaching Can Help During Times of Divisiveness, Hate, and Violence

Great Leadership By Dan

Coaching is the process of asking powerful questions, listening, and sharing insights so that people gain clarify and move forward to solve problems. I notice that in times like these, more managers and leaders than ever before are questioning what really matters to them.

Ethics Is Serious Business

Great Leadership By Dan

It consists of the social practices that allow us to relate successfully to coworkers, customers, investors, and the community at large. Building and maintaining physical infrastructure requires a certain kind of know-how, which we call engineering. Maintaining our social infrastructure also requires know-how, because we must develop ground rules that make our social practices sustainable. The field that provides this kind of know-how is called ethics.

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7 Ways To Keep Your Team Happy And Motivated

Lead from Within

There are probably few if any people in leadership who don’t aspire to have a happy team. But what does it take to keep people motivated? Especially these days, when most people are working long hours and have so much to do, there are steps you can take to help ensure your team is happy (and, since the two go hand in hand, motivated). They need to know their leader is someone they can count on when the going gets tough. How to Succeed as A New Leader.

Three (Not So) Surprising Lessons of Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Joel Peterson : For the past decade, I’ve been privileged to teach a leadership course at Stanford with Professor Charles O’Reilly. Some emerged early in their careers, while some blossomed late. Some lead by charisma, others by consensus building.

July 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, employee performance and engagement, personal and professional development, productivity, team building, and more. This scenario, lone wolf promoted to manager followed by team disaster, is both predictable and avoidable. Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader provided Why You Need To Break Your Chain Of Command.

Two Elements for Effective Delegation

Marshall Goldsmith

Many leaders think they need to delegate more to be more effective as leaders. Most often leaders don’t need to delegate more, they need to delegate more effectively! My caution to these executives is always the same: Inappropriate delegation can kill.

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Their success depends on their ability to build consensus and inspire the other team members to do great things. Therefore, a product manager must earn the trust of people in the organization and influence them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Sharon Drew Morgen, NYT Business Bestselling Author, Writes Column for StrategyDriven

Strategy Driven

Morgen authored the NYTimes Business Bestseller, Selling with Integrity, and will offer StrategyDriven readers advice to help them think about the changes they need to make in order to achieve personal and professional excellence.

If I have to stop this office…

Survive Your Promotion

Between team members bickering, colleagues trying to eat your snacks, clients complaining about the route you chose, and management whining “are we there yet?”, Ignoring the early signs of a feud won’t make it more fun to defuse later. Survive Your Promotion!

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Twitter Weekly Highlights for 2011-05-13

Tanveer Naseer

ScottEblin has some tips on what to do [link] # communication # Interesting model by @ RedBaronUSA on how to build team consensus in organizations [link] # Check out @ mikemyatt ‘s take on the importance of valuing those white spaces in # leadership [link] # Thanks Paul! Glad to hear it. Here’s How to Be Both [link] # perception #management # smallbiz # Tx Max!

Leading Those Who Don't Want To Follow | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, in most cases I actually prefer to have my thinking challenged – this doesn’t threaten me as a leader, it improves my leadership ability. Along the same lines, I don’t really care if someone does or doesn’t want to be led by me. I only care that they are totally committed to making a positive contribution to the organization. While likeability is a great asset to possess as a leader, it is not essential. They are important to me.

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A Leader's 5 Keys to No Nonsense Communication

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full A Leader’s 5 Keys to No Nonsense Communication by Starbucker on December 13, 2009 I like words. I wrote about this love affair, and how it was cultivated, several years ago on Joyful Jubilant Learning (JJL). And it still gives me great pleasure to have my friends reach for the dictionary when I ask them to quit acting insouciantly.

0508 | Orly Lobel: Full Transcript


I’m a law professor at University of San Diego and I am the author of Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding. You’re really spreading this sort of counterintuitive message about how to win in this kind of war for talent. We used to think it was about getting really talented people and then getting exclusive access to their brain and their thoughts. What can we do to take advantage of this idea?

Putting a SLANT on sabotage

Roundtable Talk

Skip to content Home Welcome! Leadership isn’t always sunshine and roses, but dealing with a saboteur has to be one of the more frustrating challenges. To add salt on the wound, the behaviour’s coming from someone who was a regular lunch companion prior to her promotion.

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Marketing Success | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

That said, my typical pro-marketing position assumes that certain key fundamentals are in place to insure that the lunatics don’t somehow become in charge of the asylum. Remember that good marketing adds value, leverage, and velocity to your vision.

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Workplace Democracy – A Genie in A Bottle | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

It is a hard place for me to go because I grew up with, and came to understand and accept, a workplace that is best described as a benevolent dictatorship. There is a lot of freedom and a lot of pressure to perform Employees are assessed and compensated based on what they produce.

The Fine Line Between a Collaborative Employee and One Who Doesn’t Get Enough Done

Harvard Business Review

While he admired her attention to detail and ability to multitask, Tony saw the flip side of these strengths as a tendency to get bogged down in the minutia of a project and an inability to delegate. Make sure you give goal-oriented feedback to all your employees.

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

Harvard Business Review

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t explain the cultural rules to newcomers, and new hires are so focused on the job and the new boss that they overlook the rules’ profound influence. Luciano Lozano/Getty Images.

How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide

Harvard Business Review

Conventional thinking has suggested that leadership positions go to those who aggressively plan their careers with a keen eye for building the right skills to reach top jobs. Note that this inclusive process is not decision-making by committee or by consensus.

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

Harvard Business Review

Perhaps this is not surprising in our fast-paced and technology-driven business world, where there is little time to stop and think, and where people want (and are paying for) immediate outcomes. Activating the ACC via self-reflection, in other words, can promote business success by helping leaders to identify their values and strategic goals, synthesize information to attain those goals, and implement strong action plans.