Patrick Lencioni provides great insight into the value of healthy conflict in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Leaders must lead and facilitate healthy, productive conflict so that relationships, teams and organizations will grow, mature and become the best they can be. This is essential for working together to find the best solutions, build the best relationships and teams, and for the greater good of our families, workplace and communities. This simple yet powerful model helps us understand and improve relationships, families, teams, companies, communities, governments and even countries.
Self-deception is like this. It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we’re blind, all the ‘solutions’ we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception, obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view of others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions. To the extent that we are self-deceived, both our happiness and our leadership are undermined at every turn…
For the last few decades, both the public and private sectors have gradually weakened support structures that have strengthened the American workforce for generations. We cannot hide our heads in the sand! Business, education and government leaders from the US and abroad must understand this workforce dilemma and proactively work together to come up with solutions. Read more #leadership #business #education #government #workforce
It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges. Read more
We've all heard that robots are going to take our jobs -- but what can we do about it? Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents and passions -- the things we spend our weekends doing -- to keep us relevant in the age of robotics. "Start asking people what problems they're inspired to solve and what talents they want to bring to work," Lee says. "When you invite people to be more, they can amaze us with how much more they can be."
Not only are they extremely powerful words, they pay huge dividends for your employees -- and for you. These four words will make a real difference. Read more
Many entrepreneurs neglect their spiritual growth, relationships and overall health because of the many demands on their time. Please don't choose to neglect the priorities that matter the most long term. It will take a toll on your quality of life including your mental health. Read more
How can senior managers create teams that feel trusting enough to enable challenging discussions that can move their organizations forward? These four steps apply to companies of all sizes from any industry. Read article
Most people think of problems as something bad, as some terrible interruption in their lives which they wish they did not have to endure. In truth, problems in and of themselves are not necessarily bad. It is interesting to note the actual Greek root of the word "problem," namely, probalein means to throw, to drive, or to thrust forward. Problems are the very means by which God changes us, transforms us, and drives us forward. Without problems, there would be no growth. (Eating Problems for Breakfast: A Simple, Creative Approach to Solving Any Problem, Tim Hansel, page 17) [out of print, used copies available]
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