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Archive for July, 2013

The unmanageable star performer

July 22nd, 2013 // Tom Doescher //

One of the most universal concerns in many companies, especially in service-related businesses, is how to deal with the superstar team member who has an unhealthy ego. The May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a great case study that addresses that all-too-common dilemma. The following is a portion of that article:

If you have someone on your team like this, we would encourage you to deal with it now! You may even want to seek outside help. For those of you who have participated on any sports teams, you know that sometimes the team plays better without the big-ego superstar. We would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Creating the best workplace on Earth

July 8th, 2013 // Tom Doescher //

You all know we are really into building great companies where people love to work. In the past, we have recommended the book Drive, by Daniel Pink, which focuses on how organizations can effectively — and successfully — motivate their teams. We discovered an outstanding article in the May 2013 Harvard Business Review that delves into the same issue. The article, titled “Creating the Best Workplace on Earth,” was written by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, and its precepts are based on a three-year study. As a result of the study, Goffee and Jones have identified six common imperatives of great places to work. Here is their list:

  • Let me be myself (i.e., I want to be the same person at work as I am at home).
  • Tell me what’s really going on (i.e., tell us all the whole story; don’t spin information).
  • Discover and magnify my strengths (i.e., give every team member a chance to develop).
  • Make me proud I work for your company (i.e., I want to value what we stand for).
  • Make my work meaningful (i.e., at work, it gives us purpose when we share a common cause).
  • Don’t hinder me with stupid rules (see our May 27, 2013, post).

Consider using this as a self-assessment tool for your company. Although these ideas may seem easy and rather obvious, very few companies manage to accomplish all six.

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