Any department of sufficient size will have responsibilities and roles that involve many aspects of team work. In any given organization experiencing low morale, most likely an atmosphere of poor teamwork exists. For these organizations, this lack of quality teamwork will be counter-productive, thus making goals much more difficult to achieve. In the book…… Continue reading Book Review: The Five Dysfuntions of a Team
Policies are the rules that guide all organizations. They are the foundation in which to conduct business, to research new and innovative ideas, and guide employees into ethical decisions. When violated, the consequences can be quite severe for an organization in this age of excessive litigation. As a consequence, organizations will usually not focus on…… Continue reading Making the Right Decision Sometimes Requires Courage
Previous posts to my blog have argued for organizations to promote from within whenever possible. I feel this will have a tendency to reward loyalty, thus creating an espirit de corps within the ranks. One of the leading innovation and efficiency killers is having a staff of workers with low morale. Producing revenue from services…… Continue reading Loyalty Should be Rewarded
As a manager, it may be nice to think of giving an order, and the staff follows it without question. It seems to be a good example of a strong organizational hierarchy, or the most effective and efficient way to run a department. I am the manager, they are the staff I supervise, and there…… Continue reading Should Staff Blindly Follow Orders?
Forbes.com recently had an article pertaining to lessons learned from the Galactic Empire in the Star Wars universe (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/02/13/five-leadership-mistakes-of-the-galactic-empire/). It would appear that Forbes.com has is on a science fiction theme with leadership traits and qualities lately, and that is fine with me, as I grew up on Star Trek and Star Wars. Both Darth…… Continue reading Leadership Mistakes of Emperor Palpatine & Darth Vader