Q: What’s the secret to getting a successful team?
A: Hire them carefully.
Recruiting is indeed the magic formula
Here are 10 ways you can screw it up:
When people talk to you do you listen?
For example, when someone tells you about a problem they have, do you really listen to them?
Or are you busy thinking about something else?
We’ve been told that feedback is a good thing. The more the better in fact. 360° makes it clear…everyone’s opinion counts.
That’s a lot of opinions.
Probably all different.
Or possibly all the same, saying that you or your work is rubbish, laughable, wrong.
If that’s the case you’d be in good company…
When times are tough it’s tempting to hunker down and play it safe, whoever we are.
Mention ‘change’ or ‘innovation’, and from employees, entrepreneurs, and CEOs alike you’re liable to hear the cry, “now’s just not the right time!”
All of us — especially leaders — like to believe that we dance to the beat of our own drum, that we know our own minds, and we’re acting according to our own values.
But then something can happen to pop us out of our illusion.
Research from Ernst and Young proves it: high performing companies put more emphasis on leaders’ soft skills than do their lower-performing counterparts. The report comes from a company that’s focused on managing risk and strengthening controls, a company largely composed of data-loving analysts. Yet they recognise that technical skills are only half the picture, and that the less tangible (i.e. soft) skills affect the bottom line dramatically.
Soft skills are getting on the radar…finally!
Mainstream recognition began with employers, unable to get the kind of employees they need, and pinpointing exactly what was lacking — soft skills.
Now it’s spreading further…
Some organisations have yet to realise that soft skills are a make or break issue! They still think soft skills are a nice-to-have, fluffy, feel-good option — something that they’ll get round to when they’ve time, an add-on not an essential, a way of making staff happier maybe, but nothing to do with the bottom line.
Is your organisation one of those?
It’s generally agreed that feedback is necessary, criticism is valuable, judgement is normal.
But in a world where feedback, criticism, and judgement are everywhere…
and it’s the loudest opinions not the best that get most attention…
where does that leave you?