Why do people find it so difficult to work together- across organizations, cultures, sometimes even families. All of us know that to be effective at work, in any setting ,be it office, home , social gathering , politics, etc, we must collaborate with each other. The more people collaborate , significant relationships can be developed. With collaboration, more work gets done and important problems in society get resolved. It is not just about individual success, but when people work with each other, share ideas, influence each other, and collaborate , it is about team success. Results cannot be achieved in silos. However small be your task, you always have to work with someone to achieve it. (more…)
I once read a quote from Mark Twain in which he talks about a man being tarred, feathered, and run out of town as saying, “If it wasn’t for the honor of it all, I would have rather left town some other way.” This may be the sentiments of many first time managers when they realize the true nature of the manager’s job. (more…)
A couple of months back, I had the opportunity to coach a leader, employed by a Global Software Organization. This individual was promoted by the company to be the new Business Head for India. He had grown through the ranks, had hands-on experience, was smart & innovative, and was considered a star in his business …
Many leaders share this belief. They confuse the meaning of toughness and operate with the belief that effective leaders require being tough as nails to inspire respect. Their intimidating behavior tends to suppress their team members from expressing themselves freely and this, the leader than assumes as a sign of respect by the teams. What amazes me is that even if such leaders are decent people they tend to hide their true selves, projecting toughness and sending waves of fear through their teams. Such leaders like to be firm and distant from their people and them, unfortunately, believe that this keeps the teams on their toes and fear delivers the best results.