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Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse 

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Are you a micromanager? You will probably say no. Maybe you self-deprecatingly call yourself a “control freak.” Or just “hands-on.” You just “care too much.”

 

And it’s true: You do feel a certain need for a sense of control over your work. You are responsible, after all–perhaps more responsible than some of your coworkers or direct reports. You’re afraid of mistakes and believe that if something needs to be done well, you’d better do it yourself. But this isn’t just because you’re an “independent self-starter” who holds their work to a high standard. It might be that, too, but it’s probably also because you’re feeling stressed.

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Ask yourself these four questions to break the vicious cycle.

A 6-Year Study Reveals the Surprising Key to Team Performance (and 9 Ways to Enable It)

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Psychologist John Gottman can predict whether or not a married couple will be together five years later with startling 90 percent accuracy. How does he do it?

 

He watches them argue.

 

The ability to engage in healthy, productive debate is not only essential for ensuring a long marriage–it’s also the key determinant of high performing teams.

 

A recently released six-year study cites the ability to manage conflicting tensions as the most critical predictor of top-team performance. Berkeley research shows teams that debate their ideas have 25 percent more ideas altogether and that companies like Pixar embrace healthy debate as a vital part of their performance (in its case to make better films).

 

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A recently reported six-year study revealed that high-performing teams need to be good at this (and it’s not so easy).

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader’s title is painfully evident.

 

In the short term you may have the stamina to get up earlier, stay later, and out-work the demands you face. But the inverse equation of shrinking resources and increasing demands will eventually catch up to you, and at that point how you involve others sets the ceiling of your leadership impact. The upper limit of what’s possible will increase only with each collaborator you empower to contribute their best work to your shared priorities. Likewise, your power decreases with every initiative you unnecessarily hold on to.

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Focus on the big picture, not just the execution.

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