Management fads come and go. It seems like yesterday that knowing and quoting Deming’s 14 Points was the “in” thing. More recently being equipped with tools from programs with titles like Existing for the Customer, Investing in People, Empowering People and Six Sigma was critical to leadership effectiveness. You’re thinking of you own examples I’m sure. Some were life changing..most were not.
As you’ve likely concluded from my previous blogs I’m an avid reader of Gallup research and I found one of their latest books ,”Strengths Based Leadership” by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, very interesting. Gallup has been studying high performing teams for nearly four decades and have published their “telltale signs”:
- conflict doesn’t destroy strong teams because strong teams focus on results
- strong teams focus on what’s best for the organization and then move forward
- strong teams embrace diversity
- strong teams are magnets for talent
Some questions to stimulate discussion…from you experience leading or participating on teams, how does this list grab you? Is there one “sign” more important than the others? What essentials are missing? What were some life changing take-a-ways you left management/leadership programs with over the years? In what way did they change your paradigm?
Thanks for sharing!