Business in Action, 9th Ed.
Chapter 8: Organization and Teamwork
"Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself and start all over?
"It's tempting to think that in order to be a valuable team player, you should say “yes” to every request and task that is asked of you.
Dan McCarthy gives his take on the topic at GreatLeadershipByDan.
"With the complexity of our changing world, the speed with which decisions are made, and the overwhelming choices available, today’s leader needs to fully understand the invisible forces that shape conversation and build relationships: Intention and alignment.
"So, in those moments when you feel like you need to do some deep breathing exercises in the the privacy of a bathroom stall to avoid screaming at your deskmate, remind yourself of these three benefits and then leave that bathroom with a brand new attitude.
"The quality of a business's internal communication often says a lot about the company itself.
"It is so easy for messages to get lost in translation.
"If the members of the team cannot communicate, isolation limits their potential.
"Internal communication is important for any organization to function effectively.
"In an email from Musk to Tesla employees published by Inc's Justin Bariso, Musk encourages employees to buck the traditional chain of command found in most companies, in which messages always flow through managers.
"Unsurprisingly, research shows that when employees perceive their workplace as more political, they are less engaged, less productive, and more likely to quit.
"When left unchecked, not only does rampant incivility make our days more tense, it also leads to a loss of focus, a loss of productivity, a deliberate slacking off among disgruntled employees, and even serious health problems.
"I became an HR person in 1984, when many of my readers had not been born yet.
"Ameen Haque, Founder of Storywallahs, is a storyteller, story coach and consultant.
"It’s time for leaders of organizations to stop debating the millennial problem, hoping that this supposedly exotic flock of sheep will get with the program.
"Titles like “SHE-EO” and momtrepreneur are meant to empower women but actually do more harm than good.
"There are plenty of frustrations that crop up during your workday.
"Research shows that hurtful workplace behavior can depress performance, increase employee turnover, and even mar customer relationships.
"Occasionally, a new word or phrase breaks out of the confines of the business world and into the cultural conversation.
"Culture is front and center for leaders who want to increase performance and strategic alignment in 2017," reports Michelle M.
Lindsay Dodgson (photo, left), with Business Insider UK, reports.