This notion of a company that makes promises and keeps its promises is a very useful one. Whether internally or externally. It is at once both a company culture and an ethic that is fundamental to performance.
We all need sounding boards - to test our ideas, strategies, push us to think beyond our perceived limitations, or simply to remind us that "it's a really stupid idea & to not spend another minute or dime chasing it!"
I took my family to London and Paris over the winter holidays this year. I found myself identifying lessons from the European lifestyles I saw around me. If we applied these lifestyle changes to our daily lives, what kind of improvements might we see?
We all have been held by a powerful relationship in our lives at one time or another, and those of us fortunate enough to experience that relational power in a business setting have usually seen the results that were delivered to be beyond what would have otherwise been possible.
The truth is that I donate my services quite regularly. But if I'm going to help you move forward in your career and keep my own, we need to get on the same page when it comes to valuing one another's time and expertise.
While many factors are responsible for the health and fiscal sustainability of an arts organization, a critical relationship is chemistry between an artistic director and an executive director. But what makes these partnership dynamics successful, and what do the good teams have in common?
Strong relationships in business are imperative, and they are made stronger through regular, face-to-face interaction. When face-to-face isn't possible, business professionals need to look for other ways to make themselves visible.
People come pre-wired with expectations of how businesses should be run. Do people show up for work at 9:00 a.m.? Is it OK to show up for work in a hoodie and unshaved? How about remote employees -- is that OK or too much trouble?