The novel coronavirus crisis has put a whole new spin on “think global, act local.” There is a lot to be learned from how companies around the globe are reacting with respect to people, processes and business.
Some crises are sudden and explosive, and some can be seen materialising from a distance, yet can’t be stopped for various reasons. No series on crisis management is complete without at least a word on the most effective way to manage a crisis: prevent it from happening in the first place.
No climb up the corporate ladder is without innumerable assessments and feedback sessions. Now that you’ve made it to the upper rungs, you may find that less feedback and criticism is coming your way. One of the perks of being the top boss, right? Or is it?
As organizational psychologist Adam Grant puts it, “Big groups are where creativity goes to die.”
We’ve all heard the saying about too many cooks. It's time to admit that brainstorming is not all that it is cracked up to be.
Workplaces value and promote collaboration within teams, but in many cases, expectation does not meet reality. Teams may not demonstrate the expected levels of cooperation.
Or they may start out well but not sustain the momentum over the natural course of a project. We look at some of the pitfalls and some successful strategies to sustain and enhance collaboration among teams.
All the best-laid plans only last as long as the first domino falls. In teams, even one person lagging behind or feeling unengaged can pull the whole collective down. Needless to say, teams that communicate well have the best chance at thriving. Collaboration in teams is only possible if every stakeholder is ready to share and delegate effectively.
Workplaces value and promote collaboration within teams but in many cases, the expectation does not meet reality. Teams may not demonstrate the expected levels of cooperation and teamwork. Or they may start out well but not sustain the momentum over the natural course of a project.
What can you do to help?
Simply put, employee engagement is the precise opposite of “physically present, mentally absent.” It means that employees are happy with their role, productive, and present in the here and now, with all their faculties engaged and focused on work.
So, why does this feel like such a big ask most of the time?
“The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway is one of the most telling movies about diversity in the workplace in our times. De Niro, a retired former executive, joins Hathaway’s furiously growing, millennial-powered eCommerce startup through a “senior internship program.”
What could go right?
We recently talked about the pain value of a bad hire, and what steps you can take to fix it.
Let’s talk about getting hiring right at an organisational level. Agreed, Human Resources is there for a reason, but when is it beneficial, or imperative, for the higher management to be involved in the hiring process?
It happens to the best of managers- we hire the person who seems best fit for a job, only to realise later just how wrong we really were. This is also a tricky problem to solve because no one sets out to hire the wrong candidate. So we are left with a range of emotions and a real mess.
When we worked on our #FirstTimeManager series last year, there was something that we said we would come to as a series by itself. Over a year later and enriched with multiple conversations on challenges managers face, we look at performance anxiety and stress, which peak in managers, leaders and founders.
The more we talk about stress, the more stressful it gets!
For many of us on a typical morning, it is common to have mental chatter even before we’re fully awake. We think about our task list, plan for the entire day, and let the brain go on a trip even before the day has actually begun.
Like us, you’ve probably seen the Eisenhower matrix several times in your life and never used it. It is possible that you may have tried and given up after numerous failed attempts.
Managing time is the single most powerful source of stress in our life and yet, paradoxically, it is something that we seem to be rather miserable at as a species.
Today, several organizations, big and small, take about a shared vision and the need for a collective driving force. It is interesting to note, however, that the concept of shared vision as developed by Peter Senge was first studied, theorized, and implemented at schools.
It is quite paradoxical that schools, which are considered temples of learning, are also often plagued by the same organizational issues as their corporate counterparts. Senge came upon something universal.