The 4 Practices of Successful Flat Organizations

Successful Flat Organizations

As more organizations are becoming flatter, the looming question is whether it’s possible to “do more with less” or whether it’s necessary to rethink the distribution of power and control as described by Peter Drucker, Peter Block and Gary Hamel among others.

Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid shows what a non-hierarchical view of leadership looks like. But these four practices are needed in order to self-organize successfully and prevent spiraling into chaos.

These practices provide the vehicle to move forward, and without them, your flat organization will end up with flat tires.

1. A Shared View of the Big Picture.

Agreement on the organization’s purpose (reason for being), values (what guides people’s behavior and decisions), vision (what it looks like in action), and strategy . . . → Read More: The 4 Practices of Successful Flat Organizations

The 12 Team Behaviors That Drive Team Performance

Team Behaviors

What can you do as a team member to help your team achieve The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams? There are 12 team behaviors that directly affect the quality of your team’s results, the ability to make smart decisions and the commitment to implement them.

Task behaviors focus on what is needed to get the job done. They ensure that an intelligent process is used to make smart decisions. But task behaviors alone are not enough.

In order to ensure decisions will be implemented, team members need to feel good about how decisions were made. This is why maintenance behaviors are just as important.

Become a “Participant – Observer.”

Each of the 12 team behaviors is important for your team to be effective. Most . . . → Read More: The 12 Team Behaviors That Drive Team Performance

How to Give Your Boss Bad News and Keep Your Credibility

Who Me?

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” –Colin Powell

One of hardest tasks in management is how to give your boss bad news. After all, you want to show you’ve got everything under control, are making the right decisions, and are executing flawlessly.

As a leader, you want to shine the best light on your team—it’s hard when that light reveals a big mistake.

If you’ve got bad news, I’ve got some good news. Handling bad news well can increase your leadership credibility. Helping your team recover from bad news will help to them learn and grow.

Bad News the D.A.R.N. Way

Bad news is never easy. Here are 4 steps to share your news and accelerate the recovery.

1. Disclosure

Explain the . . . → Read More: How to Give Your Boss Bad News and Keep Your Credibility

The 40 Best Leadership Quotes

Ship prow figurehead

There’s a good reason leadership quotes are popular. A few lines can pack a lot of information that teach and inspire.

In A Tweet, a Blog Post, and a Profound Teaching I shared quotes from my own writing.

These are the top leadership quotes by others. (If I missed one of your favorites, please share it in the comments.)  

  The only safe ship in a storm is leadership. Faye Wattleton, Political Activist

People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. – A company is only as good as the people it keeps. Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur and Business Leader

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; . . . → Read More: The 40 Best Leadership Quotes

Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid

Stomp the pyramid

What’s your view of leadership? If you’re like most people, you have an underlying belief that leaders should be out in front of the line, leading the way.

The Hierarchical View of Leadership

In the traditional, hierarchical view, senior leaders are at the top of the organization and ensure the organization fulfills its mission effectively.

There are differing views about how leaders should behave – the best leadership style. For example, you might think leaders should be directive or participative or both depending on the situation.

Although Steve Jobs, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Sheryl Sandberg, and Howard Schultz have very different leadership styles, they all have one important thing in common – their role as a leader is to stand in front of their organization . . . → Read More: Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid

How Does Your Team Vision Rate?

A real vision is lived, not framed.

Does your team share a real vision? Is it being lived? Does it make a difference?

Answer these 10 questions to find out how effective your vision is.

Get a reality check. Ask everyone on your team to rate the vision and discuss your answers. It’s a non-threatening way to launch a powerful team discussion.

First rate each of the questions on a 1 – 5 scale. Next, find your Score by totaling your responses.

Then find out What Your Score Means and get some ideas to help your team.

Rating Scale

= Rarely = Occasionally = Sometimes = Usually = Almost always

Team Vision Questions 1. Does everyone on your team share the same vision?

2. Are team members excited, inspired and . . . → Read More: How Does Your Team Vision Rate?

Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership

The Influential Leader

Guest Post by Rebel Brown

Whether you’re a small business owner or an executive of a large corporation, you are leading humans and their minds. The two are inseparable. Did you know that the words man and mind come from the same Sanskrit root?

The sum of our individual selves is housed within our mindware, the programs we’ve created throughout our life’s learning and experiences. No two humans have the same mindware. Hence no two humans have the same perceptions, thought processes, communication styles, motivational responses or behaviors.

Understanding individual human mindware is the key to next generation leadership.

Whether we’re making a decision about our strategy, designing a new product promotion, selling to a new prospect or solving a problem for a . . . → Read More: Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership

Simple Tips for Cross-Cultural Communication via the Internet

Cross-Cultural Communication

The Internet has opened the door for cross-cultural communication. Where the United States was once isolated because of its size and location, you can now easily communicate with people in other countries, for work or networking, without having to leave home.

If you work for a global company, your team might be located in the United States, Germany and India, but you can easily communicate via email and can have face-to-face team meetings through video-conference.

Social media offers wonderful opportunities for networking around common interests, and opens the door to direct conversation.

As the opportunities to use the Internet to communicate with people in other countries increases, we must think differently about how we communicate.

When you are physically in another country, you can see . . . → Read More: Simple Tips for Cross-Cultural Communication via the Internet

Your Greatest Source of Influence

Building Trust

Your character is your greatest source of influence, no matter what your role or position. Your character is the expression of who you are. And influential character is built on a foundation of integrity.

I have never facilitated the process of identifying values where some form of integrity didn’t end at the top of the list. Why? Because integrity sets the stage – it is the commitment to consistently act on your values.

Without integrity, none of your other values matter.

Integrity means you can be trusted to say what you mean and do what you say.

When you are a leader, everything you say and do is magnified. You raise an eyebrow and people wonder what it means. You make an off-handed . . . → Read More: Your Greatest Source of Influence