Archive for August, 2016

How To Embrace Your Weaknesses And Become A Better Leader

Posted on August 31st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

 People don’t quit jobs; they quit bosses. So when you’re the leader, your job directly impacts employee retention. While some people are naturally good at managing others, all of us have strengths and weaknesses that can affect our relationships with members of the team.

“When you’re in charge, your opinion takes up more space than others’, whether you intend it or not,” says Jonathan Raymond, author of Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team Is Waiting For. “What you say and do carries more weight. It’s only a bad thing when it’s disempowering and demotivating others from finding their own voice.”


Looking at yourself as a whole can help you sidestep the pitfalls and become a better leader, says Raymond, who is principal at the management-training company Refound. “You can’t think about your strengths without your weaknesses; weaknesses are based in strengths,” he says. “For example, the traits that made Steve Jobs a genius also made him difficult to work for.”


Leaders fall into three categories, says Raymond: fixers, fighters, and friends. When you identify which one you are, you can use your strengths to motivate others and acknowledge your weaknesses so they don’t negatively affect your team.

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Fixer, fighter, or friend? Which leadership style you use, and how you can use it better to succeed.

The 5 Most Important Characteristics of Great Teams, According to Science

Posted on August 31st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

In all aspects of our life, teamwork plays a vital role. Whether we’re on a field or in the boardroom, we engage with and depend on others to accomplish virtually every task.

Because we depend so heavily on teams, we don’t want to leave it to chance to construct and manage them.


Fortunately for us, researchers and entrepreneurs Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone distill the process of creating the highest performing teams in their best-selling book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Teams.


Here are five of the most important factors for high-performing teams, along with some unusual findings that may contradict your previous assumptions about successful-team building.

1. Self-awareness at the team level.

While teams consist of individuals, a cohesive team is in fact a stand-alone, unified structure. The book presents a list of 20 questions that a leader should answer when assembling a team. Huffington Post writer Vanessa Van Edwards boils down the 20 questions to five “power questions:”

  • Are you in the right team in the right moment?

  • Can your team stay ahead of the changes in your industry?

  • Are your teams the right size for the job?

  • Do you have the right people in the right positions on your team?

  • Is your team prepared for a crisis, disruption, or change in leadership?


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Building a team that exceeds expectations every time is easy when you follow this formula. Don’t leave your team results to chance!

Why the Most Productive People Start Their Day at 4 a.m. (Yes, We’re Serious)

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

A few days ago, I shared my thoughts on what billionaire entrepreneurs do to stay productive in their spare time.


What I didn’t know is that there’s a recent productivity trend on the rise. A number of successful leaders and entrepreneurs, I have found, are declaring that they are most productive while the majority of us are still under the covers in a deep sleep.

The 4 a.m. productivity shift

A new report published in the Wall Street Journal says that 4 a.m. may be the most productive time of the day. The reasons behind the increased productivity at such an ungodly hour include:

  • Minimal distractions (like kids or work) before the sun rises.
  • No one is emailing or texting you.
  • There’s less to see on social media.

Productivity in this context may not necessarily be work-related. The trend seems to be pointing toward reserving this “sacred time” for things that will energize you and set you up for success the rest of the day — self-care, exercise, family time, personal growth, and spiritual connection.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his day at 3:45 a.m. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss the boat on this new trend.