Strategically positioning in business: "A" players in "A" positions It’s pretty usual to look for the best people when molding a business team, in other words: finding the “A” players for the organization. But what is not as usual is before it all paying attention to the strategy of the enterprise, understanding what are the key roles, the “A” positions. Take a look at your strategy to define the “A” positions, so you can put your “A” players in the key functions. Have you been doing that? Let us know in the comments.
Resilience is key in an organization, that’s why we have other two videos talking about it. In this one, let’s uncover how we can develop team resilience with the lessons of former Mattel CEO, Robert A. Eckert. I had the change to interview him, and I’m sharing with you his input on how he came out of a Recall crisis on Mattel. Let’s build our team resilience? 1. “What if…?” scenarios; 2. List of skills; 3. Pre-assign function in case of crises; 4. Open and honest communication; 5. Seek the advantage.
Is it alright to make mistakes for the sake of innovation? This is a video on weighing values and errors. Learn from Von Braun’s story of mistake on Saturn V Rocket.
Every year is the same, people write down new year’s resolutions, like joining the gym, but in most cases don’t follow through. Why do people fail? A simple answer would be that motivation does not suffice. So what matters to make you follow through in a consistent manner? There is research published in the British Journal of Health and Psychology. What they did was they got 246 college volunteers that wanted to get in shape. And then, they randomly divided them into three groups: the first group was asked to track their exercise, the second one got some motivation material and was asked to also track their exercise, and, the third group was asked to write down when, where, and under what circumstances they planned to exercise and also track their exercise. Guess who got more work done? Group 3 exercised more. And this experiment along with many others come two show the importance of the IF-THEN method. If you plan what is going to happen when something else occurs, is going to be easier to follow through. So, for example, if you establish that when you leave work on time you’ll spend 30 minutes working on your business plan you start to build a habit. Now, you have to plan also when that fact does not occur. Let’s say you don’t leave work on time, what happens THEN? You can establish that IF you don’t leave work on time, on the way home you will think of three points you need to include concerning that specific topic you are working on in your business plan. So the method IF-Then plan, can really help achieve that new year’s resolution of yours.
Asking for favors is something we always do, but not always receive a positive response. So, how can we increase the chances of persuading people to say “yes”? There is a magical word you can use, the word is “because’. Researches shows that there is a power in the word because. Have you tried it before?
My first consultant gig was worth recalling, since looking back now I realize how it was all wrong. Watch the video to understand why I say it was wrong and how can you do to make better decisions when it comes to hiring a consultant for your business. 1. Define the need; 2. What problem are we trying to solve? What have we tried? What worked and not worked? 3. Selecting the Solution; 4. What Knowledge and Technical Expertise? 5. Process Compatibility: What processes do they use; Does it fit with our culture; How much freedom; Do I want to work with the.m 6. Performance Assurances: What’s the promise; Price; What’s the guarantee. 7. References.
Discover if they are lying with a simple test We all know that people tend to stretch the truth. How can we handle this? It is quite simple, actually. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire found some interesting things researching truth-telling. So, it would be a great deal watching this quick video to learn how to handle a lie to get some truth out of people.
Pay close attention to the factors that decrease and increase motivation. Do you have a particular topic you would like to see on camera?
What are the factors you need to consider when it comes to becoming more productive? Watch this video and let us know in the comments what is working for you.
You most likely are going to take a plane or way more when in business. That’s why I’m sharing with you in this video 15 business travel tips, so you get prepared to fly. Here are the 15 tips: Make a list of what you would like to travel; Pick an Airline, Hotel Chain and Credit Card Company; Avoid Red-Eye Flights; Give preference to an airline lounge; Bleisure; Good suitcase; Tech bag; Medicine bag; TSA PreCheck and Global Entry; Lounge Entry; Business Cards; Extra clothing; Light Fleece; Identity copies; Compact backpack.
Peter T. Coleman and Joshua Flax described four possible roles to resolve conflicts: The Medic, the Referee, the Fixer and the Counselor. Want to know more about it? Watch the video!
How do you bust silos in your company? In this video, we share how to do it in terms of physical space, ‘tear down the wall’. Make people collide, chat and mingle across departments. The architects have a solution called mixed-use spaces. That way, different forms of conversation can take place. If you can’t literally tear walls right now, what can you do to make people mingle?
How to change silo mentality? Here is one more video of the series on Silo Busting. We now know how important it is for leaders to create a culture of cross-company collaborations. Let’s learn from Facebook how to break those barriers.
Do you remember the first Walkman? I bet you were mesmerized by Sony technology. But, in terms of innovation, trying to upgrade the Walkman by creating silos was not such a good idea.
Have you ever considered using the two-in-a-box management strategy to improve alignment? Pairing two minds can be great for your business's success. And in this video, you will learn more about it. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Research by Gallup shows that people’s most common reasons for leaving a job are not feeling like they fit the part and not having enough socialization, especially socialization with the leader. It’s astonishing how many employees quit over the first year of employment. So, to retain talent at your company, it is important to socialize and implement some strategy to maintain that relationship and level of satisfaction. Try asking these 5 retention questions from time to time to avoid resignations: 1. How can we best communicate with you? 2. How do you want to receive feedback? 3. How do you prefer to be recognized? 4. Is that anything I need to know about your personal situation? 5. What can I do to make your work better or easier? Asking the right questions with a certain frequency is going to help you with employee retention. What more can you do to avoid resignation letters?
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