The future of your company is wrapped around the question why. Why does the company exist, what problem do you solve?
We may have different abilities and we play different roles, but we are not of different value. Each person in an organization plays an important role. All are worthy of respect and attention.
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.
Great leaders are great listeners. When you speak, actions happen. When you listen, everything else happens. This is why listening is a key part of success. Here is how to become a better listener:
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.
Focus is not what you do, but what you choose not to do. Startup CEO Kristo Ovaska learned the hard way to say “No”. He now declines long meetings, non-vital emails, external press requests, speaking engagements, and investor contacts that are not yet needed. This has brought about an entirely new level of productiveness.
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.
Great companies are both effective and efficient. Being efficient means doing things in the right way but becoming effective takes strong prioritization.
When it comes to feedback, bad news is good news. Encourage customer feedback by saying, “If you have bad news, tell me. If you have good news, tell the whole world.”
Culture and values are a top responsibility for CEOs of both start-up companies and large corporations. A company with a strong and consistent culture requires less command-and-control management and empowers employees to take initiative, innovate, and serve customers well, says Fadi Ghandour.
If no one challenges the beliefs of the leadership, soon there are no beliefs – only thoughtless, unchanging dogmas. Full consensus leads to utter mediocrity.
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.
Leadership is not something that can be taken. It has to be earned by making the team and its members successful. Here are five things that change when you become a manager for the first time.
How does a professional CEO work with a strong founder? Tom Erickson of of the wildly successful open source company Acquia, commercializing the wildly popular Drupal open source platform shares his advice.
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.
“The mistake that young CEOs make is they feel like they need to grow up,” says Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company. Read on for his best management advice on the three levels of leadership.