It’s all too common that we reward the heroes who save the day on our teams without stopping to think that they might only be rescuing us from problems they created. Stop rewarding arsonists for putting out the fires.
People are often disappointed on Valentine’s Day because they have grand visions of what would make them feel loved but the fail to share them. The same thing happens on teams: we know what we want, but we don’t communicate it and, instead, set colleagues up to disappoint us. Here’s an alternative to falling victim to the Valentine’s Day Effect.
Too many leaders give their team permission to give feedback, to disagree, or to challenge one another’s ideas. Permission won’t drive action. If you want more healthy conflict on your team, stop giving people permission and start helping them appreciate their obligation.
The term “fail fast” is in fashion now thanks to design thinking. Unfortunately, most leaders aren’t clear on what types of failures they’re looking for and what types should be avoided at all costs. This article outlines the difference.
Don’t get in the middle of feedback between your team. If someone comes to you, encourage them to share the feedback directly. Doing otherwise encourages passive-aggressiveness and reduces the value of feedback. Here are the steps to build that muscle in your team members.
Leading through change is incredibility difficult and requires significant energy, patience, self-control, and stamina. Use these techniques to build your resilience over the short-, medium-, and long-term.