In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?
We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.
Here’s some advice to aspiring leaders from Jodi Solomon, president of a speakers bureau in Boston:
How effectively are you conveying the image that you strive to build as
a leader? To find out, perform this simple test over the next workday:
Saint Augustine postulated that the human mind is made up of little chambers that will hold whatever is directed into them. Fill those images with success, you become successful; fill them with regret, you will fail and become bitter. This is true of organizations as well. Here’s how one admin put that idea into practice while working for New York City's government.
From the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” you might get the idea that the
important thing about mathematician and economist John Nash is that he
won the Nobel Prize for creating a “theory of everything.” For leaders,
though, the important thing about Nash is his obsession with
originality. As more and more
organizations become labs for innovation, those who lead will be the
ones who create the most original products and services. Take these steps to develop a unique way of seeing things and to maintain your creative momentum:
Test your career and work-related goals to see if they stand up to these four questions:
George Stalk’s fiercely competitive spirit has helped companies around
the world play to win ... decisively. His gospel of continuous
improvement in a “virtuous cycle” exhorts leaders to set the pace,
never to rest on their laurels and to stretch out the life span of each
product. Here are Stalk’s strategies:
Every day is filled with interruptions, ringing phones and a flood of
incoming information. Yet, certain events each day are different from
everything else. They’re opportunities. Unless you’re on the lookout for them, they pass you by. To catch them:
Private conversations alone can’t mobilize your people to execute a strategy. To initiate a conversation that matters, make sure it covers these bases:
How well do you work with other team leaders in your organization? That's an important question, because without good peer relationships, it's very difficult to coordinate projects or work cooperatively across team lines.
Even in workplaces where casual dress is the norm, managers and leaders wonder whether they should be dressing differently—that is, better—than their team members. Here are some points to consider: