Bev's Blog

Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:24 am

When I want a quick sense of whether a team is working well, I take a look at how the members communicate.

Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:06 am
When I asked George, a fairly new manager, about his work, he hesitated. Then he said, "Objectively, it's going really well. But I don't know how long I can stand it."
 
The good news was that, after two years of building collaboration and creating expertise, George's team was exceeding all its goals and had been recognized as a shining "center of excellence" within the large organization.
 
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:38 am

I wasn't surprised when my client "Lisa" cancelled a couple of our meetings, because I knew she was working flat out on a demanding project. Her assignment was to organize a large conference and implement a complex media blitz in support of a new kind of product for her company.

From what I read online, the conference and all the surrounding hoopla were a big success. The activity reached a crescendo on a Friday and I looked forward to speaking with Lisa on the following Tuesday, hoping that she would be enjoying a victory lap around the corporate headquarters.

Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:27 am

The old top-down, command-and-control style of leadership seldom works in today's organizations, where the goal is often to promote cooperation in the midst of rapid change.

To succeed as a leader you must know how to communicate a vision, build a network of relationships, and foster group learning and decision-making. This is true whether you're the big boss or are just learning how to guide a team.

Tue, Sep 2, 2014 8:31 am

While finishing her MBA at a top tier university, Sarah was enthusiastically recruited by a large company. She accepted their offer to join the marketing department. Once there, she connected with a powerful mentor who helped her snag plum assignments. For several years Sarah was the most junior professional in her group, and she enjoyed being treated like a young star.

After a few years, the growing company made a wave of new hires and Sarah began to feel neglected. She said she was stuck with routine workwhile the interesting new projects went to her younger colleagues.

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