Is Cooperation the New Efficiency?

ReImagine Work

Is the ability to gain cooperation an underestimated component of efficiency? I commented to her that I think the ability to gain cooperation is an underestimated component of efficiency. Actually it’s not so difficult to determine, and yet, I still get resistance about the importance of this ability. The post Is Cooperation the New Efficiency? I was talking to a client today about her unusual ability to gain people’s trust quickly.

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8 Pointers On Balancing Improvement and Efficiency


On the other, they have to ensure that improvement/change initiative does not slow down the current work and bring the overall efficiencies down. Both are crucial and striking the right balance between improvement and business efficiency, between standardization and evolution is a big leadership challenge. With this understanding, managing resistance becomes a little easier. When leaders undertake process improvement/change initiative, they walk on a tight rope.


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June 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the June 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Marcia Reynolds of Covisioning Transformational Leadership provided How to Revive a Brain Attacked by Stress. New ideas are resisted and decisions delayed. Leadership.

StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 38a – Overcoming Resistance to.

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Episode 38a – Overcoming Resistance to Change, part 1 of 2 explores the three different types of resistance frequently encountered when implementing a business change, how to recognize each type, and the actions change leaders can take to overcome each of these objections.

Entrepreneurship and feelings about change

Mike Cardus

From my work and research, the continuum of change-acceptance and change-resistance is constant. The Integrating role focuses on the development of a cohesive team that makes the organization efficient over the long term.

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Positive Change: Yesterday Is Interesting But Irrelevant

General Leadership

This simple phrase defines a strategy to spark exponential growth and efficiency in any organization. Is it because it is the most efficient method to accomplish the task or just because that is how you were taught? Millions of dollars are spent every year on change coaches and efficiency experts to aid mega-dollar companies in becoming more efficient when the reality is each of your employees is the most capable avenue available of positive change.

Hit Songs and Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

So what does this have to do leadership? Leadership guru and author, Simon Sinek recently said, “To affect change inside an organization we must remember why people resist change. How does this impact great leadership? A great leader helps those around them define their core values to enable more efficient and burden-free decision-making.

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25 Timeless Leadership Lessons That Just Plain Work: Lessons 1-5

Terry Starbucker

With this post I’m pleased start a 5-part series that outlines 25 timeless leadership lessons – lessons that I’ve applied successfully during my 30+ year career as a leader and businessman. And, these practical lessons apply to all levels of leadership, from first-level supervisors to upper tier executives. It’s a primer and distillation of a lifetime of learning, and practicing, the great art of leadership – my passion. Leadership

Avoid Doing the Wrong things Righter…But, “By What Method?”

Deming Institute

Doing things right is efficiency. Effectiveness/Efficiency Matrix. I do not believe Dr. Ackoff was downplaying the need for efficiency, but rather was saying that it may be counterproductive to do things right if we were not doing the “right” things. Leadership and Management.

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Efficiency and productivity are not found working at or even near capacity. Resist the temptation to just advance a broad number of disparate initiatives, and alternatively focus your efforts on the completion of a few high impact objectives.

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The Leadership Secret to Getting More Done

The Recovering Engineer

When I attempt to make the point that they might have more freedom and flexibility than they realize, I often get resistance from new supervisors. In addition to following procedures, I was expected to observe work practices, read procedures, and notice bottlenecks in processes to look for ways to make them better and more efficient. When you consider the work processes, focus on identifying barriers, duplicated effort, and outdated practices that hinder efficient task completion.

The Person on the Other End of Your Leadership

Nathan Magnuson

What comes to mind when you think about leadership responsibility? What is the experience of each person on the other end of your leadership? Since there are so many leadership responsibilities, let’s focus on just a few that have enormous implications for the people in our wake. A curt, one-sided exchange may feel efficient in the moment but create more work and resistance in the long-run than taking the time to have a thoughtful interaction.

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Changing an Organization’s Culture, Without Resistance or Blame

Harvard Business Review

Getting the company back on its feet required a major boost in operating efficiency. In order to make our success sustainable, we decided to roll out a new “leadership model” for our middle- and upper-level managers. The leadership model and related descriptions went out in the 20 languages used by Lear managers around the world. It had to come from the leadership, and it had to come with some humility.

Winning Now, Winning Later: Playing the Infinite Game

Leading Blog

If you want a business that performs both today and tomorrow, you need to take apart your business and put it back together again so that it works more efficiently and effectively. W HEN David Cote became CEO of Honeywell in February of 2002, the company was a train wreck.

The Three Box Solution For Leading Innovation

Eric Jacobson

Vijay Govindarajan’s book, The Three Box Solution , is all about how to: Box 1 – Manage your present core business at peak efficiency and profitability. In other words, don’t protect your present core business by resisting ideas that don’t conform to models of the past.

It’s the Manager: Moving from Boss to Coach

Leading Blog

The old boss-to-employee, command-and-control leadership environment has “worked” when it comes to building process-efficiency systems, engineering large buildings, and creating infrastructure. But the top-down leadership techniques of the past have not adapted to a workplace that now demands coaching and collaboration to thrive. Leadership Development

There’s More to Life than Logic

Lead Change Blog

The Borg conquers and assimilates other beings and cultures into their single mind approach, saying “resistance is futile.”. Processing them via assimilation is a logical, efficient, and cost-effective way to resolve the issues involved in bringing two organizations together. “Gifted leadership occurs when heart and head—feeling and thought—meet. Resistance isn’t futile. Elite, logical brainpower.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Whenever changes are made at work- an employee is given a new task or a new way to do a current task- there will be resistance. It’s human nature to resist new responsibilities or rules. Respond to that resistance by outlining and reinforcing an explanation and list of payoffs. The unknown can easily create a sense of uncertainty, resistance and even fear. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs To be Successful

Lead from Within

One of the most exciting and challenging things about leadership is that it requires mastery of a diverse set of skills. Communication is paramount to almost any job, but especially to leadership positions. If you’re in leadership, empathy—the simple act of paying attention to another human being and working to understanding their situation—helps you work with everyone from team members to clients to senior leadership. A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness.

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7 Specific Suggestions for Dealing with Stress in Life and Leadership

Ron Edmondson

I know some will resist this because of the word I’m about to use – but, get a checklist for every day. I’m not sure our basic wiring will ever change, but sometimes, in the midst of a stressful moment, stopping to “smell the roses” lowers our stress level, gives us more fuel for the journey, and makes us more efficient – and more happy! The post 7 Specific Suggestions for Dealing with Stress in Life and Leadership appeared first on Ron Edmondson.

10 Ways to Slay Goliath

In the CEO Afterlife

As long as the “Davids” are able to resist the urge to become generalists by expanding into too many markets with too many products, they can win. They are obsessed with efficiencies and processes. Achieving the right culture is possible, but it seldom happens unless the organization is blessed with a strong and tenacious CEO who passionately practices the tenets of entrepreneurial leadership.

9 Time Management Tips For Young Leaders

Joseph Lalonde

These nine tips will help you focus on what is most important and increase your leadership effectiveness: Have A Plan – Effective leaders always have a plan. They know that they are more efficient if they have a place for everything, and everything is in it’s place. Resist Perfectionism – Effective leaders understand that perfect is the enemy of great. As you become more skilled in time-management you will become more a efficient and effective leader.

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Our Stewardship Responsibility

Leading Blog

We were not a Christian business,” writes Robinson, “but rather a business where the owners and leadership aspired to apply and live out biblical principles.” They have resisted the urge to gussie it up, to change it, to get rid of it, or to do the wrong thing with it.”.

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Power of Generosity, Respect, Integrity and Truth

Coaching Tip

When leading with GRIT , you are being called to a higher level of leadership performance that will have the greatest impact on your organization, as well as your own success and happiness in life," Sudbrink concludes. The key to efficient change is either forward, change, and grow or be stagnant, go backward and die. It''s what keeps us young and happy, if we embrace it rather than resist it. Develop Leadership Skills: A Mobile Reference Guide.

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Hyperfocus: How to Take Control of Your Mind

Leading Blog

Bailey offers this great advice: “Resist the urge to tap around on your smartphone when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, walking to the coffee shop, or in the bathroom. The more dots we’re able to cluster, the more efficiently we’re able to use that space, as we can accommodate and process a lot more pieces of information when they’re linked together. T HERE ARE LIMITS to our attention. There is only so much we can focus on at any given time.

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Leading in a World of Change: Lessons from Downton Abbey

Great Leadership By Dan

Part of the attraction for me is the weekly escape to an unfamiliar world – a time, a place and a culture that seem light-years away from the daily challenges I face consulting with businesses on leadership issues. Today, leaders must continuously transform their businesses, while ensuring day-to-day operations are executed with discipline and efficiency. You can read more on mastering this difficult balancing act in the Hay Group 2013 Best Companies for Leadership study.

Good Ideas Make It Harder To Be A Great Leader

Tanveer Naseer

By definition, good ideas mean an improvement over the present, a better way of doing things or even better lives.That’s why people who have good ideas expect their leaders to act on them, which creates an instant test of leadership: do you care enough for those around you to do something positive with the idea? And, in my experience, many entrepreneurial failures are failures of leadership, not of ideas. Change leadership starts with changing yourself.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

How do organizations achieve longevity, the kind of longevity that survives long past the founder or any particular leader or leadership team? Professors of business and corporate strategy (which includes me) research and lecture about the goal of long-term “sustained” competitive advantage, driven by grand plans that mesmerize and seduce the most seasoned leaders and leadership teams. Resistance from Within. Resistance from the Supplier. Resistance from the Customer.

Why are Organizations Slow to Respond?

Leading Blog

Claudio Feser writes in Serial Innovators, “Some firms become blinded by success and begin to resist external views and challenges. Occasionally, some organizations resist these all too human tendencies and thrive. The human mind is quite adept at this in order to create efficiencies. Again, it is a leadership issue with a leadership solution. Organizations are only human. Organizations share many characteristics with the people that populate them.

When to Coach… and When Not To

Nathan Magnuson

It’s much more efficient to share this information upfront and begin coaching a little further down the road. Resist solving the problem on your own. Nathan Magnuson is a leadership consultant, coach, trainer and thought leader. Receive his ebook Trusted Leadership Advisor by subscribing to his website or follow him on Twitter. Coaching Leadership Personal Effectiveness coaching development feedback

Overcoming the “Feedback Trifecta” to Communicate Better as a Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Efficiency and reliability exceeded the industry's previous benchmark. Teams and entire companies can become feedback-resistant, and will inevitably suffer. About Angela Sebaly: Angela Sebaly, author of The Courageous Leader (Wiley, spring 2017), is co-founder and CEO of the firm Personify Leadership, a training provider. Angela Sebaly courageous leadership feedback

Moving Your Agenda

Leading Blog

Samuel Bacharach writes in The Agenda Mover , that leadership is “about your capacity to take your ideas and work them through the maze of resistance, overcome challenges, and put those ideas in place. It requires a campaign of pragmatic leadership. Distinguishing traditionalists from developers, developers from adjusters, and adjusters from revolutionaries allows you to identify where others are coming from quickly and efficiently.

What You Don't Know About Doing Great Work

Leading Blog

Ways to create value include: eliminating existing activities of little value, increasing existing activities of high value, creating new activities of high value, improving quality, and doing existing activities more efficiently. They inspired others by evoking emotions, and they circumvented resistance by deploying smart grit.” W HY DO SOME people outperform others? It’s not what you might think—talent, effort, organizational skills, time, or luck.

Moving From ‘Good Enough’ To Greatness

Tanveer Naseer

In terms of today’s leadership, this impacts how we go about addressing the ever-increasing amount of information and data we’re exposed to on a given day. Again, it’s our brain’s tendency to find that path of least resistance; of assuaging any uncertainty we may have to grapple with by accepting only those narratives or assumptions that serve to reinforce how we choose to view our leadership and ourselves.

Employer Branding and Talent Attraction in a Post-COVID World

HR Digest

Companies that have resisted furloughing their employee or cutting jobs have definitely acquired added value to their brands. Leadership teams in a company need to show that they prioritize employee needs in their decision-making.

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How to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth

Skip Prichard

The culture required to drive a strategy of innovation is different from the culture required to develop efficiency or operational excellence. Many leaders are uncomfortable with the emotional side of leadership, but without that connection, their organization will not thrive.

Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Partnering not Patronizing

The Practical Leader

” “In chaotic times, an executive’s instinct may be to strive for greater efficiency by tightening control. ” Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee, Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence.

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When Great Company Cultures Go to the Dark Side: 7 Signs Your Organization Is Headed in the Wrong Direction

The Empowered Buisness

Excessive positive thinking also results in artificial company behaviors and attitudes, triggering employee resentment, resistance and frustration. Overt aspects of culture often utilize the reasoning, intellectual parts of our brain — the dominant focus of today’s leadership teams. The same is true in the world of leadership and culture. The leadership team is no longer involved lower levels and often becomes oblivious to the atrophy now monopolizing its culture.

To Avoid Micromanagement, Minimize Unnecessary Rules and Excessive Controls

Michael Lee Stallard

And when Napoleon enacted conscription for military duty, the lives of soldiers became so draconian and restrictive that as word spread, it produced “mass resistance of a sustained, endemic character,” according to historian Isser Woloch. George Pullman’s leadership is an extreme example of a well-intentioned leader who didn’t understand the people he led. Employee Engagement Human Value Leadership

Improve Workplace Safety With Cooperative Efforts

Strategy Driven

There are many things you can do to increase safety, reduce employee injuries, and protect yourself from workers compensation claims: Keep common areas clean and uncluttered, provide good lighting, and use slip-resistant flooring materials. Even minor accidents or injuries can cause missed days of work, loss of income, decreased workplace efficiency, and workers’ compensation claims.

Criticism Leads to a Viscious Cycle


The employee takes on a victim mentality, leading to resistance to change, expectations of further abuse, and feelings of righteousness. You do not have to be mean, however, to help others understand that what they have done has not been effective or efficient. Regrettable Leadership. Collaboration Just Ask Leadership Leadership business communications Systems ThinkingCriticism bites!

Are You Employing This Tool To Fuel Your Organization’s Growth?

Tanveer Naseer

That has made what we do and how we do it more efficient.” So we if recognize the value and necessity of providing training programs to our employees, how do we address the other point of resistance organizations face in offering such programs – namely, the ability to allocate financial resources to such efforts? business communication culture leadership Recent Posts employee training goals growth opportunities professional development shared purpose skills

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Experts Share Thoughts on Communication: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

As a result, some professional relationships suffer and the team doesn’t work quite as efficiently as it could. ” Leadership Coach Julie Pierce ( Empowered by Pierce ) shares the 4 critical questions to ask to make your communication count. Counterintuitive advice on how to have better communication, not just more communication from Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights. Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival.

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