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Google Tells Us What Makes Effective Teams – Are They Right?

What Makes Effective Teams

Recent articles and books have cited the work of Google’s Project Aristotle, a team that used data to attempt to define what made some of Google’s teams more effective than others.

Over several years, the company looked at – and ruled out – almost every cliché about what makes for the best teams.

  • Diversity? Nice to have but not decisive.
  • Having lots of “A players”? Sure, but it doesn’t make the difference.
  • A very structured approach to meetings and interactions? Nope.
  • An unstructured, creative approach to meetings? Nope, not that either.

What Google discovered in their internal analysis validates what many people have learned firsthand: The most effective teams are those in which everybody feels trusted and respected.

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Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Today I’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective – how we as leaders can make a transition into retirement a successful one.

To help us navigate this very personal yet also public transition – a transition that for many leaders is the last one they will make – we’re joined by the distinguished professor, consultant and author Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg.

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Dr. Schlossberg is an expert in the areas of adult transitions, retirement, career development, and inter-generational relationships.

She’s a past president of the National Career Development Association, Co-President of the Consulting Group Transition Works, and a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the College of Education at the University of Maryland.

In addition, she has written several books and has delivered well over 100 keynote speeches and made several national television appearances, including a PBS special on the subject of retirement.

Her book entitled “Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose” is a foundation of our dialogue today.

Nancy, welcome to Leadership Leverage.

Dr. Schlossberg: I’m delighted to be here.

Dr. Denker: And I’m delighted to have you here, too. Nancy, you’re often referred to as this expert in retirement, but more appropriately you should really be defined as an expert in transitions.

And so, can you explain the fundamental stages of a transition?

Dr. Schlossberg: Well, can I back up for a minute and explain how I am both, definitely in quotes, “an expert in transitions and an expert in retirement?”

During the time that I was a professor, I studied transitions; I studied how people were coping with change, and I developed a framework for understanding transitions.

Whether it’s a divorce, a geographical move, retirement, becoming a grandparent, losing a child, whatever the transition is, there is a way of looking at it, and a way of understanding it and sometimes I call my talks on it taking the mystery – if not the misery – out of change.

In other words, I can explain the transition model to you, but it doesn’t mean you won’t have some angst about it.

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How’s Your Mojo? Master The Ingredients That Create Happiness & Meaning In Life

Mojo: Ingredients That Create Happiness Meaning In Life

The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Today we’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective – that is, we’ll be gaining an understanding of “mojo”.

In our discussion we’ll learn what mojo is, how to get it, how to keep it, and how to get our mojo back if we’ve lose it.To help us navigate this journey, our guest is Dr. Marshall Goldsmith – a distinguished educator, author, and one of the world’s most famous executive coaches.

His book entitled, “Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back if You Lose It,” is a foundation for our dialogue today.

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Dr. Goldsmith is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves, their people, and their team and was named last year by The London Times and Forbes, as one of the 15 most influential business thinkers in the world.

His books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 30 languages and his articles, videos, and resources have been viewed by more than 4 million visitors from over 195 countries, and can be accessed on marshallgoldsmithlibrary.com.

Mastering Your Mojo

Dr. Denker: You know Marshall, I have to ask you because I’m curious.

You’ve edited or authored more than 30 books. Why do this book, on this topic, at this point in your career?

Dr. Goldsmith: Mojo focuses on intrapersonal.

The previous book was how to become a better leader, build better relationships with others and Mojo is looking inside yourself and saying: “how can I find happiness and meaning in my own life?”

By the way, nobody can define that for me but me. Nobody can define that for you but you.

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Steve Forbes: Leaders Must Embrace Capitalism To Save Us

Leaders That Embrace Capitalism Will Save Us

 The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Dr. Denker: Today we’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective.

That is we’ll be gaining an understanding of the type of leaders we need to help capitalism stay alive and well.

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In our discussion we will learn an intriguing yet simple definition of what capitalism is and what type of competencies leaders need to ensure capitalism grows and prospers in the years to come.

To help us navigate this journey, our guest today is the distinguished Mr. Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes, Inc. and Editor In Chief of Forbes Magazine.

His book that he co-authored with Elizabeth Ames entitled “How Capitalism Will Save Us” forms the foundation for our dialogue today.

Steve Forbes, welcome to Leadership Leverage.

Steve Forbes: Good to be with you. Thank you.

Capitalism Doesn’t Have An Agenda

Dr. Denker: It’s an honor to have you.

Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes: “In free markets, you may want money, but you’re not going to get it unless you provide things, products, services that other people want. It’s a transaction.”

Before we begin this discussion, I want to point out that Leadership Leverage was created to increase the awareness of current leadership thinking and to share some of the best practices as a way to further the profession of leadership across the globe.

Having said that, the show doesn’t have a political agenda and for that matter neither does capitalism, does it?

Steve Forbes: Well, that’s right.

Capitalism – true free markets – is about succeeding by serving the needs and wants of other people and Hollywood always portrays capitalism as based on greed, but greed means taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

In free markets, you may want money, but you’re not going to get it unless you provide things, products, services that other people want. It’s a transaction.

If you go to a restaurant for example, your restaurant wants your money, you want the food, you get the food, the restaurant gets your money.

Each gets something out of a transaction.

Now, human nature being what it is, some transactions we don’t like to do.

Nobody gets any thrill out of paying the electricity bill or paying the rent or other things.

Not as much fun as shopping for a new pair of shoes or something, but you do get something in return. You get the juice and the electric company gets your money.

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Don’t Be Shy – 3 Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

Don't Be Shy -- Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

When you’re in the market for a new job, what’s the same piece of advice you hear over and over?

NETWORK! YOU NEED TO NETWORK!

And there’s good reason why people give you that advice. Experts estimate that anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of people find jobs through personal contacts.

But what if you don’t have a network with which to, well, network? 

Let’s start with the excuses or reasons why you might not have a network to tap:

  • You just graduated from college
  • You just moved to a new city and don’t know anyone yet
  • You’re changing industries
  • You don’t want the people you work with currently to know you’re looking
  • You’re just not good at networking

If you’re making any of these excuses, it’s time to get over it!

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Power: Why Some People Have It And Others Don’t – Part 2

Using Power To Command Presence and Build Influence

The following post is part 2 of an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Start with part 1 here.

Dr. Denker: I wanted to explore the topic of power – why some people have it and others don’t.

In our discussion today (read part 1 here) we’ll learn what power is, how to get it, and how to use it to bring about change to get things done, and how it can help you be a more effective leader.

To help us navigate this journey, we’ll be speaking with Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer, a distinguished and popular educator, author, and international consultant.

Dr. Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and he’s the author, or co-author of 13 books.

Dr. Pfeffer’s latest book entitled “Power: Why some people have it and others don’t” is the focus of our dialogue today, and is a fascinating read as to the central message that intelligence, performance, and likeability alone are not the keys to career success.

Instead, self-promotion, building relationships, cultivating a reputation for control and authority, along with projecting a power demeanor, are vital drivers for promotion and success.

==> Start with part 1 here

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