the ceo magazine, team management,
Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein and Rebecca Teasdale

For executives, directors, and anyone who leads a team, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that no matter how dysfunctional your team is today, there is hope. Any team can become an extraordinary team.

And the bad news? If your team is dysfunctional, it’s no secret. And the more senior the team the more visible the dysfunction, and the greater the impact throughout the whole organization.

Keith, CEO of a Fortune 500 financial organization, called with an intriguing project—one I’ve never been asked to repeat elsewhere, but one with fascinating results.

The Project

The CEO wanted to know how much I could discover about a person’s leadership style from their writing. “I don’t know; I’ve never had occasion to test my theories,” I told him, quite reluctant to take on what already sounded like an oddball way to lose a good client. He listened as I pointed out that someone might be a great leader, but just an incompetent writer and vice versa—how they might be an eloquent writer, but a lousy leader.

the ceo magazine, productivity,
Trevor Throness, Author, The Power Of People Skills: How to Eliminate 90% of Your HR Problems and Dramatically Increase Team and Company Morale and Performance

My adolescent/young adult years were spent working in farming and construction.  I can’t say that I ever noticed any reticence by bosses in these industries to confront underperformance.  Quite the opposite in fact.  Immediate, stinging criticism was more the norm, often punctuated with clever, compound-word profanity.  In fact some of my bosses were so good at swearing at me and others that I sometimes wondered if they had spent time in prison, or possibly the navy, honing their skills of profane repartee.

the ceo magazine, employee engagement,
Doug Sharp, President, Americas Corporate Solutions, JLL

Three Ways to Improve Employee Engagement and Productivity 

Do your employees feel inspired to show up and give their best, or are they sending an S.O.S.? Mounting evidence demonstrates the real financial impact that employee engagement has on companies. Gallup research indicates that highly engaged business units experienced a 41 percent reduction in absenteeism and a 17 percent increase in productivity, ultimately achieving 21 percent greater profitability.

the ceo magazine, business growth,

We most often use the term “one hit wonder” to describe music performers who have had a single success. Sometimes these one-hit wonders produced novelty songs such as Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 number-one hit “Harper Valley PTA.” In spite of the song gracing the charts in the 60s, hardly anyone today would admit to thinking the hit represented true quality. And since Ms. Riley never produced another top-seller, we can also agree she didn’t offer consistency.

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