Courageous leaders set the tone for organizational performance. When leaders establish themselves as a strong and courageous personality they set the tone for the rest of the company and shape the overall culture.
A critical element of initiating a successful change initiative is communicating that change is a normal and positive function of doing business—it is a key factor in a company's ability to remain relevant and differentiate from competitors and grow year over year.
Some companies have chosen to label their employees something other than employees. They call them team members, associates or other more endearing and personalized names and titles. With a little creativity, you can come up with a title for your employees, or even specific jobs, that can have a positive effect on the culture and experience that both the employees and your customers have with your organization.
If you've ever looked at your watch and wondered where the day went; if you've ever had a list of things to do and haven't accomplished much on that list in your week; if you've ever thought, "I have too many things to do and not enough hours in the day"—then you most likely have fatal flaws in your productivity and time management strategy.
Lean has huge traction in about every part of organizations except for sales and marketing. But if you really understand Lean, it becomes compelling for sales and marketing, purely because of the clarity, focus, and simplicity it drives.
The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on "openness," which leads to a new element of leadership, called "Open Leadership." The mantra of open leadership is "Be Open, Be Transparent, and Be Authentic." This is counter to the traditional business premise of "control," so many companies are still pushing back.
Our worlds are too complex; we seem to keep piling things onto everything we've done in the past. Too often, however, in response to this complexity and all the "tools" that have been put in place to manage it, instead of seeking simplification we dumb things down.
Consistently challenging your team and setting the bar high is only effective if you have the proper support in place. Failure to have a level of support that matches your expectations will not only make it difficult for individuals to meet their targets, it will also create an unnecessary source of stress internally.
Successful companies understand that achieving success is about addressing larger culture issues within the organization. Getting your organizational culture right is what leads to building a high performance work environment. This starts with leadership.
Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called "servant" leadership.