Performance is so vital because it is the foundation for two higher-order goals of personal and organizational success in the business world: productivity and profitability. The only way to maximize these two is to maximize performance.
Delegation is a foreign concept for many who think that they need to hold all of the cards or to have their spoons in every pot. Those who are willing to share responsibility may not invest the time into doing so strategically or may not even know how to go about it.
I have been working for the past year with a collegiate team with realistic aspirations of winning an NCAA championship. They have been an amazing group of athletes who have struggled through challenges, stayed committed to their goals, and remained united as a team.
Sometimes, we are forced to react, to await the pitch that is heaved our way and decide what to do with it. We can let an opportunity pass by with the hope of getting a better one, or we can jump on the first one that we see and make the best of it.
I don't believe in leadership styles. We certainly hear plenty from all sorts of business gurus that this style or that is ideal. I would argue, however, that talking about styles has little value because we are incapable of leading in a way that is inconsistent with who we are as people.
Our least developed skill is the ability to confront each other face to face, say what is in our hearts and minds, and at the same time build and strengthen our relationships. Confrontation is something we tend to avoid.
In a world where collective problem-solving has been hampered by conflict, dissension, confusion, and mutual incomprehension, any experience that can enable people in groups to work, create, and achieve more effectively and joyfully together seems to be profoundly necessary--and important.
When the Minnesota Vikings faced off against the Green Bay Packers last weekend in Minneapolis, the big story wasn't that the Vikings defeated the Pack to secure a wildcard berth. It was, strangely, the TSA.
David Stark, President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production breaks the rules nearly every day. He makes the point that if creativity is the core driver of his business, its solid foundations and discipline play just as great a role in its success.
Faced with a deluge of data emanating from traditional news outlets, advertising and our social media networks, we must constantly sift through this mountain of data and evaluate which information is the most accurate, important and relevant to our lives.