Guidance — praise and criticism — is the key to being a good boss and building a great team. This interactive session from Goal Summit 2016 will help you understand why feedback is so hard, and how you can get better at giving it, getting it and encouraging it on your team. Presented by author and advisor to Twitter and Dropbox, Kim Malone Scott.
The authors’ research findings presented in this article and their experience suggest that when leaders who aspire to the CEO’s office deliberately develop four specific behaviors, they dramatically raise the odds that they’ll become high-performing chief executives.
Written by Elena Botelho, Kim Powell, pubslihed by HBR
Gary Vaynerchuck, founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, believes that the continuity of a great team trumps everything. Just like in sports—a team that has been playing together for a long time usually beats a group of superstars that came together for just a season. And that’s what he aspires to build at his company, a team that’s built to win for decades based on the continuity they have with one another.
Watch 15 min video, published by Gary Vaynerchuck
In this talk leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
Watch 45 video published by 99U
Buffer has a strong culture of nurturing people into more advanced roles and promoting from within. This is fabulous for the opportunities this affords to their teammates; however, it does lead to a steep learning curve with disciplines like strategy, vision, coaching, and mentorship that aren’t as big a part of an individual contributor role. This article is about the biggest questions Buffer had for Jason Evanish, the Founder of HR start-up Lighthouse, and the answers and ideas he shared with the Buffer team.
Article by Kevan Lee on Open Buffer
Building culture begins with the behavior of the leaders in organizations. To say that another way, if you are interested in changing the culture of your organization, your first step should be to look in the mirror and make sure you are setting the kind of behavioral examples you want everyone else to follow.
Article by Jim Whitehorse, CEO of Red Hat for HBR
Alexander Grosse, Director of Engineering for BCG Digital Ventures, and David Loftesness, the Head of Platform at eero, have both lived through the brilliant and bleak moments of scaling teams. In this interview, they look at five areas where startups can either take action to deactivate destructive factionalism or even prevent them from forming in the first place. They share concrete processes for regaining the efficiency that leaders might not even realize they’re losing to competing mindsets and poor communication. Through these tactics, they show through specific scenarios why empathy is just as vital to a startup’s success as innovation.
Article by First Round
As a new manager, you’re likely to want to prove yourself. So you work late, and you do your very best to kick ass and make a good first impression. This is the approach that worked well for you as an individual, so, of course, it’ll work when leading a team. This is where the Spiral begins because the initial thought is actually, “I can do it all myself. I’m the Boss.” But what you really need to learn to become is being a leader of your team, not the boss that’s in charge of making decisions for them.
Article by Michael Lopp on Rands in Response
Evidence shows colleagues will behave more like their best selves, more of the time, if leaders take a few modest steps to foster an environment where people’s brain’s aren’t overloaded—more focused on rewards than threats—and have their fundamental social needs met. With a little behavioral science in their toolkit, leaders can build a more productive team—and a happier one at that.
Article by Carolin Webb for McKinsey Quarterly
Patrick Lencioni is the author of several bestselling books, including “The five dysfunctions of a team”. In this entertaining talk he speaks about the essential elements for high performing teams. I also highly recommend reading his book “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything in Business” in which Patrick provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a way that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.