When the going gets tough, or perhaps just uncertain, everyone looks to the CEO. Is the leader leading, still moving forward? Does the boss radiate calmness and confidence? Does the CEO look like having a plan? If so, we will follow and we will stay on course, stay together.
It is admirable to want to make the world a better place and it is what everyone should do. But if that’s all you do as an entrepreneur, you won’t even do that.
Do you genuinely want people around you to succeed in their job? Are you ready to help them advance in their careers? Are you willing to give them the advice they need? Are you prepared to spend time trying to understand them and their motivations?
When more women are added to a group, the benefits keep coming. It is simple math. The broader the base we can recruit from, the more appropriate the people choices can be. The wider our thinking is, the less risk there is for business-impeding blindness.
A tight organization is tight but not uptight. It is relaxed and accommodating. Everyone knows that they are doing important work. There is trust, play and fun.
Building a tight organization is in the details. It’s not about strategy. Tightness requires trust and knowledge. Here are the three cornerstones.
There is just one way to lead a team to success: by believing in the positive energy of each individual. Doing so sometimes leads to the wrong path. An important moment comes with the next project. A confident team which knows that experimentation is allowed and failures are not punished will be amazingly innovative.
When a good team becomes a great team, the whole company rises to a new level of performance. Everyone knows that you can accomplish anything together. Here are six things to keep in mind when building the team:
All-hands meetings increase productivity, motivation and teamwork. Committing to a joint goal is easier when everyone is in the same place. Here are three practical tips on how to arrange an all-hands meeting.
When employees doubt their abilities, it might be interpreted as a sign of weakness but can be a question of preparation. They might be your strongest employees. How you as the leader encourage them to take the assignment makes all the difference. Watch the video to learn three useful responses.
Offices are so last century! A distributed team is managed by starting from the top. Go all in online. Manage with vision and culture. Never favor physical proximity. Plan and budget for in-person meetings. State the promise and expectation at hiring. Document and record profusely.
Celebrate failure in order to reach success. One of the most successful gaming companies ever, Supercell has a culture of celebrating the learnings from a failure. This encourages experimentation and bold decisions, which leads to more innovation.
To improve meetings, start from the end. At the end of each meeting, ask the participants to rate it. Over time, the meetings you run will improve.
Improve management team cohesion with weekly progress reports. When you do this, team meetings become more effective as you can concentrate on cooperation and forward-looking topics.
How we can get more women CEO’s and founders? Silicon Valley entrepreneur Indu Navar challenges women to network. Women helping one another actively drives progress. Women rising to leadership positions benefits everyone: it helps both the ecosystem and the economy.
How do you resolve a conflict between two capable and ambitious people? When the situation is thoughtfully handled, the end result can be better than if there had been no conflict to start with.