Project Aristotle is a recent Google study that was undertaken to understand why certain teams in their workplace thrived while others seemed to struggle. After studying hundreds of Google’s teams and analyzing years of data, here’s what they found:
Imagine the colleague with whom you have a very challenging relationship, the person who makes the most innocuous conversation tense and uncomfortable. Regardless of the topic, this person opposes you and approaches things as an adversary rather than an ally. Here’s a way to push past your first reaction.
Every smart leader today understands the value of a highly trained and skilled workforce that can deliver a significant competitive advantage to the organization. Many traditional organizations too often focus only on younger workers, not understanding that the value mature workers bring is more important than ever.
Mature workers bring experience, industry and company-specific knowledge, as well as a highly developed professional network. They can be among the workforce’s most experienced, skillful and reliable contributors. However, many leaders don’t truly appreciate older workers’ value and, . . .
Business problems today are too big for any one person to solve.
Agile teams are much more effective at solving problems than are lone geniuses. So why do we still reward the smartest people in the room more so than those who excel at working with others?
You know who I’m talking about: the people who brazenly take over meetings by showing off how much they know or how witty they can be at the expense of any other voice in the room—and who often end up getting all of the boss’s attention.
In research by Frances Milliken of New York University and two colleagues, the majority of 40 employees at knowledge companies reported having concerns about such issues as workflow improvement and ethics — but not speaking up about these issues to their supervisors. The belief that raising the issues would make no difference was the third most frequently cited reason. Said one employee: “Even if I did comment on the issue, it was unlikely to change anything.”
Read on to find out more about the disconnect between reality and expectation.
In this final installment of his series, Markku Allison explores how we can dramatically improve the flow of understanding if we are just a little bit more rigorous in making sure we are on common ground with the words we use and the meanings we intend.