Stop Thinking “Productivity” — Start Thinking “Problem Solving”

Lead Change Blog

Whether you’re facing price pressure from domestic competitors, startups, powerful customers, or low-cost overseas providers, you’ve heard the mantra of “productivity” preached again and again. What typically comes to mind when your organization starts talking about increasing productivity?

5 Big Rules For Productive Conference Calls

Let's Grow Leaders

In fact, it’s that kind of thinking that leaves many managers moving from call to call with little time to connect with their team. If a regularly scheduled call is important for your team or project, craft the agenda and estimate the time you think you will need.

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How to Drive Productivity as a Leader

Lead Change Blog

Productivity is the lifeblood of any successful business, and optimising this is one of the omni-present tasks of leadership. With this in mind, strong and strategic leadership is crucial if you are to maintain a productive and contented workforce with a low turnover of staff.

Empowering The Quiet Team Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Your team is on overdrive. A team member with a trait, a quirk that gets under your skin. And it’s costing you and the team time and energy. Team engagement is always critical. It is natural to go for the obvious team drivers: the alpha, the verbalizer, the workhorse.

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10 Steps To Accelerate Meetings And Drive Productivity

Tanveer Naseer

A leader with accelerated speed and pace greatly increases the likelihood of a productive meeting. Our research on productivity improvement shows high correlation of improved productivity with the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings. A team that had fun.

Improving Project Productivity

Kevin Eikenberry

While I’m not going to give you the encyclopedic solution to the challenge of getting more of the right work done on projects more effectively and getting projects completed on time, I am going to share of few insights that I and my team have been […].

Five Ways to Lead Product Teams More Effectively

Great Leadership By Dan

In order to bring quality products to market that delight your customers and meet their needs, a company must have leaders that run the product teams effectively. Read Brian Lawley’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 5 Ways a Product team leader or Product Manager can be more effective in accomplishing this and leading the team and the product to success.

How To Double Productivity And Take Control Of Your Time

Tanveer Naseer

These tools will allow you to shift your focus from inaction to action and to significantly increase your productivity while minimizing your stress; you will be able to take control of your life by doing what matters most instead of just coming up with another busy to-do list.

8 Reasons Why Teams Fail

Lead Change Blog

We use the word team so often that it has almost become a garbage can word. Everything is a team. We have our department team, our sales team, our whole company is called a team, and we have even called the guys who meet every Friday night a team.

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Team Building 101: Techniques to Improve Your Team’s Productivity

Women on Business

In today’s increasingly cynical climate, it’s easy to think that enterprise-wide team-building exercises are useless. And with good reason: many companies have made the mistake in confusing team-building with team competing. What good team-building events can offer is an opportunity for employees to do something together that allows for laughter, stress reduction, adaptability to a different environment, and renewed group focus.

Frontline Festival: Leaders share about favorite apps, technology, and productivity hacks

Let's Grow Leaders

Now on to our topic for June: What tools do you use to stay productive? Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership has been tracking his productivity for around fifty years now. Productivity is never an accident. He’s always more productive afterwards.

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. Whatever that team is called - an executive team, a leadership team, a management team, etc.

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4 UGLY Conversations to With Your Team Before Year End

Let's Grow Leaders

The best holiday gift you can give your team is to “own the ugly.” ” To help your team have the tough conversations they’re longing to have. Here are 4 Ugly conversations worth having with your team. Team’s admire managers who “own the ugly.”

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The Secrets Of A Productive Business

Strategy Driven

There are people in this world who are super-productive. You just finished reading The Secrets Of A Productive Business ! The post The Secrets Of A Productive Business appeared first on StrategyDriven. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

How cloud is changing product management

Lead on Purpose

Guest post by Mauricio Prinzlau A product manager is generally considered to be leading the product, as if the product were a business by itself. The product manager holds responsibility for various aspects related to product management, including developing roadmaps … Continue reading → Product Management Team Building cloud P&L PaaS pricing requirements SaaS security

To Enhance Productivity, Stop Doing Something!

Great Leadership By Dan

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” - Lin Yutang Companies must continue to find ways to improve their productivity and during the last several years there have been significant investments in software and systems to assist in that. So I would encourage all managers to find a way to stop doing at least 5% of what’s currently being done to enhance productivity. Have each member of the team review their list out loud.

0814 | Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power with Michael Mankins

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He is the co-author of Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power. The Difference Between “Busy” and “Productive”. The Importance of Team Performance. Leadership Podcast leadership productivity talent Energy time

4 Virtual Team Building Ideas for Remote Teams

Chart Your Course

Team building is essential for a productive, thriving and trustworthy environment. Engaging teams through non-work-related activities is also a fun way for employees to step away from the job for a nice mental break. Insta-Team Building. Team Fitness Challenge.

6 Competencies Your Sales Team Must Master

Let's Grow Leaders

” 6 Competencies Your Sales Team Must Master. That’s why so many companies are moving away from traditional sales roles and teaching their teams to be “consultants,” “strategic partners,” and “solutions architects.”

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Why Conflict is Good for Productivity in Business

C-Level Strategies

It can be productive and relationship-enhancing when addressed properly, with respect. ” So, why is conflict good for productivity in business? “Everyone is in the people business. Name me a line of work where people aren’t involved.” ” ~Dr.

7 Easy Ways to Encourage Innovation on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

There are things leaders can do, however, to encourage team members to be more innovative. Here are a 7 easy ideas to encourage innovation: Get away from the office as a team. Our team knows when I travel to expect me to return with some fresh perspective – even some wild ideas.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share How They and Their Team are Preparing for the New Year

Let's Grow Leaders

The question for the month is: “What your best practice for helping teams set meaningful goals?” To that end, one way we’re preparing our team for 2017 is to create a playbook – a one-stop guide to the critical goals, messages, and activities of each strategic theme.

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7 Characteristics Of A High Performing Team

Lead Change Blog

When I first started working with teams, I heard the phrase High Performing Team (HPT) used frequently. I understood that a this type of team produced consistent quality results and its members cared about each other. Have table teams report out. Team spirit is high.

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On Leadership and People, Process and Production

Linked 2 Leadership

Because very few projects have the luxury of having the best of the best, the kingpins, or the people who make things happen on their teams, … … Continue reading → Coaching Corner Leadership Lessons Learned Leading & Developing Other Leaders Servant Leadership business leadership Self-development team building

How to Be a Top Leader for your Remote Team

Lead Change Blog

Your remote team is the future of your business. This point was the only place where the employees could access vital job-related files and collaborate as a united team. With that in mind, let’s see how leaders can integrate their remote teams into the culture of the company.

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7 Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader

Let's Grow Leaders

The team leader role is a tough gig. Team leaders are uniquely squashed between supporting the folks doing the heavy lifting (e.g. producing the product or serving customers) and the leaders above rolling out their strategy and vision. 7 Vital Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader.

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Top 10 Reasons Your Team Building Activities are Ineffective

Lead by Adventure

I’ll finish the story in a bit, but first let me share some of the other the top ten reasons why you may not be getting the desired results out of your team building activities. Goals are important for most business activities and team building is no exception.

What Your Team Needs Besides Money

Strategy Driven

But if you believe that’s all they need, you’re going to find more people leaving the team than you would like. Goal setting for employees, whether it’s collaboration toward a certain goal or simply improving productivity and efficiency can give them something important.

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How to Bring People Together and Resolve Team Issues

Lead Change Blog

What’s most frustrating is the fact that issues within a team are often avoidable and just as easily fixed. I’ve spent a great deal of time nurturing small teams and ensuring they work cohesively. I’d like to share with you my tips for bringing teams together and resolving issues.

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Five Keys to Overcoming Virtual Team Conflicts

Kevin Eikenberry

When we think about remote or virtual teams, we may think about flexibility, freedom and perhaps even high productivity. The post Five Keys to Overcoming Virtual Team Conflicts appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

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Why Silence is Dangerous to Your Team

Lead Change Blog

Ask just about ANY coach – regardless of sport – and they will likely admit that one of the major weaknesses on their teams in recent years has been locker-room leadership…. Even when they know a behavior or attitude is damaging the team, players bite their tongue.

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7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

Ron Edmondson

I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so wherever I serve I’m consistently trying to make our environment better. Over the years, I’ve learned some things will not develop healthy teams. The team I now serve with works well together – most of the time.

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Leading the Right Team

General Leadership

“In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, & profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” The post Leading the Right Team appeared first on General Leadership.

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Creating a Problem-Solving Team

General Leadership

The latter stays focused on getting the right product or service, to the right person or customer, at the right time. The post Creating a Problem-Solving Team appeared first on General Leadership. Guest Posts culture Leadership Learning problem-solving solutions Team

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Put Time on Your Team

Strategy Driven

But with of all of the difficulties the passing months bring, positives do present themselves for selling teams that are effective and organized. While the concept and strategy of team selling is widely known, there is less talk about the fact that prospect organizations buy in teams as well.

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Making Your Way Through The Product Development Minefield

Strategy Driven

We all buy products on a day-to-day basis. It’s likely you’ve seen things on shelves or seen a lack of things on shelves and wondered what it would be like to make your own product. It’s popular because anyone can create a product, all you need is an idea to kick things into motion.

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Team Building Ideas

Let's Grow Leaders

This month’s festival is all about team time. This month’s question was: What tips do you have for working well with a team? A sense of teamwork is crucial for a productive small business staff. You may discover that your team is nothing more than a committee in disguise.

The Puzzle – Building Effective Teams

Lead Change Blog

Building an effective team is like putting together a complex puzzle. It is the same for builders of teams. Some concentrate on selection and building diverse skills, while others are participants, watching as the team dynamics unfold. Step 3: Stages of Team Development.

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Two Keys to Leading Healthy Teams

Lead Change Blog

How healthy are your teams at work? Do team members work purely on their own individual tasks or do they also help their colleagues when the pace demands it? If your team’s interactions fall somewhere between those extremes, effective team work is eroded.

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Three Keys to Product Management Success

Lead on Purpose

As product managers you have a significant responsibility for the success of your company. Start by focusing on three simple, yet powerful, keys to success: Know your market: Get a clear understanding of the market where your products compete, and work diligently to stay out in front of new trends and technologies. Work with the sales team; understand how they sell your products. Know the weaknesses of the products (and take action to correct them).