To give employees a role in shaping the future. Many say the most difficult part of change at work is feeling powerless over the future.
Is Tony Hsieh out of touch with his employees? That’s one question you’ll find yourself asking after reading Roger Hodge’s update on Zappos’s organizational transition in The New Republic.
“Where is the spiritual value in rowing? The losing of self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew.” — George Yeoman Pocock, boatbuilder, 1936 Olympic gold medal winner
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize [winner] in economics, once wrote: “Productivity is not everything, but in the long run, it is almost everything.”
In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of whether the boss is a “great” leader or not.
While organizations could previously expand their market position over time, they now have to operate in a context in which changes occur at constantly increasing rates.
Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed.
The Catholic Church is a bureaucracy: a hierarchy populated by good-hearted, but less-than-perfect souls. In that sense, it’s not much different than your organization. That’s why the Pope’s counsel is relevant to leaders everywhere.
The importance of mindset to leadership can be seen through the several elements that surrounds it.
Life is stressful enough for most of us. Allowing a toxic individual to ravage your immediate environment can cause havoc in your mental well-being, which can lead to physical challenges.