Have you ever wondered why some teams are innovative and engaged and some just fail? Google spent several years studying more than 180 teams. Charles Duhigg summarizes the findings in his 2017 book "Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive". The most successful teams share these 5 traits:
Caution. This may challenge your perception: "You may not lose a profit. You must not let yourself be exploited as a manager. You always have to show strength at work." These are classic pleadings, advertising calls and beliefs of organizations or colleagues that influence our perception and our thinking. And do you know why?
Calls, e-mails, meetings, calendar management, impactful decisions, KPI digging, conflict resolution, planning, goal setting, delegation, giving feedback, employee and team development, succession management - leadership is a challenge even in quiet normal times and requires careful action. It is even more demanding in crisis and when working from home: family needs, childcare, household chores, personal balance, dealing with stress, satisfaction and well-being add up. The good news: That sandwich is managable!
Leading other people, teams, and colleagues without being the supervisor - this is the hardest way of leadership. How do you explain that cooperation is necessary? How do you achieve reliability? How much control is helpful before causing demotivation? How do you react if line management always wins or priorities of your partners simply have changed? Especially in times of crisis, this happens often. Here are the 5 essential tips for effective influence without pressure and power:
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