So when I think about Ted’s hours of personal conditioning and work mostly for the benefit of Sagan, I see a great example of how to be a selfless teammate!
Today, many Americans are hooked on reality shows. I hear people talk about Survivor, The Biggest Loser, and the Apprentice as if the participants are members of their families. So I have a great reality show for you to think about, especially if you are leader. Here are your first two challenges. First Challenge. Your name is John Carver. You have been selected to lead 102 people on a journey to a far-off land you have never seen. The journey will take more than a month. Your people will be confined on a ship into a space about 90 feet [...]
Last week I was pleased to see the Boston Red Sox trade several of their expensive, all-star players to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Why was I pleased? Because I had stopped watching my favorite team and wanted a reason to watch again. I have wondered how such a talented group of athletes, several of whom won a World Series in Boston, became such a dysfunctional “team.” I also wondered why their management didn’t recognize and deal with the “dysfunctional” symptoms earlier. How to Detect a Dysfunctional Team. You can have talented team members assembled on the same team, but that doesn’t [...]
One business practice that GE developed under Welch’s tenure was a very thorough leadership assessment. A component of that assessment that is easily transferred to other industries is the 4Es of leadership – energy, energize, edge, execution.
If you are leading a team or expect to lead a team, it is helpful to think about what type of team you have. Each type of team requires you to use a different mix of leadership skills.