Some interesting ideas around the power of creative pairs/teams and what is required to make them work: “Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book out this week, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, draws on academic research, historical evidence, and original reportage, to explore what makes creative partnerships tick, from a foundation of trust to a spark that ignites when two people are “as alike as identical twins and as unalike as complete strangers.” via Why Real Innovation Comes From Powerful Pairs | Inc.com.
“Being the boss means being busy, so busy that you run the very real risk of overlooking the most important thing in your [organisation] –your people. Setting goals and issuing instructions is not enough. Neither is a relentless focus on your [students]. Yes, they matter–a lot–but to have happy [students] you need to happy [teachers]. To be at your best, both as a leader and as a person, you need to connect and sincerely communicate with your [teachers].” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/OsIpwDr1saw/story01.htm
This is a nice article about the importance of start-ups solving hard problems early (spoiler alert: the hard problems are all about people and teams, nothing to do with products or services). Although it’s ostensibly about start-ups, I think every organisation needs to constantly follow these three recommendations. Every year, ask yourself if you’re doing these three things: Build management and organizational structures around the strengths your company needs to succeed. Recognize and plan for the weaknesses that you know are inherent in the structures you pick. Build great habits around communication… Read more Facebook VP of Engineering on Solving Hard Things Early →
In a new leadership role this year, or have new team members? Here’s a great reminder of why connecting is one of the primary jobs of a leader: “The simple act of connecting first with your team to surface ideas, options and alternate views to your own (as the leader) is such a simple behaviour to establish at an organization … connect first and consider options before creating the end result” http://feedly.com/e/MOopk_7B
Some good tips for giving feedback when working in a team: “You will find that you love working with your team when you commit to supporting and developing their work and their growth. The only way to do this? Give excellent feedback.” http://feedly.com/e/TULspB83
Engaging leaders are builders–builders of people and of results. To become an engaging leader, you should constantly be building connections and confidence in your team members. Accomplish this, and you’ll see an increase in effort and satisfaction levels among employees. Here’s how. via To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder | Inc.com.