In a previous article we looked at how to create highly productive virtual teams. This article focuses on research conducted by MIT that measured the key factors common to great teams - those teams which function effectively and achieve business execution success. Here is my take on the research:
Now that it’s February 2014; do you remember your New Year’s resolution(s)? Here are some of the most common goals we set for ourselves:
In the past, it was thought that you needed to work face to face in order to create highly productive teams (and Yahoo made headlines in 2013 by requiring everyone to turn up to the office), but is this a fact or just an opinion?
It is common for firms of all sizes to reach a plateau where revenue growth seems to stall. How can you prevent this from happening? This growth tip references research contained in the book Stall Points.
I have read hundreds of business books over the years, and to be honest it’s hard to impress me these days. A lot of “so called” best-practices are often nothing more than the same old myths that keep getting perpetuated. As a result, I seek out authors who bring meaningful data and intellectual rigor to their work. One of them is Professor Bob Sutton from Stanford.
As mentioned in the last 2 posts in this series, your SWOT Analysis (an analysis of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) should be updated every quarter to ensure it is an accurate reflection of your current operating environment. The pace of change is increasing and you need to keep ahead of it.
As mentioned in SWOT Analysis – part 1, you need to start with a clear strategy, before you even look at doing a SWOT Analysis.
Early in my business career, (prior to joining RESULTS.com) I had the experience of having external consultants come into my firm to do “strategic planning” with us on an annual basis.
I recently read a great interview in the New York Times with David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell. He made some insightful observations about leadership which I have summarized and commented on here.
My colleague Ben Ridler, RESULTS.com CEO, says that he looks to recruit people who have what he calls, “the ownership gene”.
Since implementing the RESULTS.com software, communication between staff members regarding reaching targets and goals has improved ten-fold. (There is also healthy competition with the new “gamificiation” feature!)
Tania Young – Director – BRAVEday
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