Posts Tagged "lead"

Rethinking Hierarchy in the Workplace

Posted on September 27th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Defined hierarchy. Commanding leadership. These corporate ligaments secure firms in the face of threats and unify them against competition. Few beliefs are more widely held in business.

 

The intuition, though, is wrong. “When you look at real organizations, having a clear hierarchy within your firm actually makes people turn on each other when they face an outside threat,” says Lindred Greer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Effective teamwork against threats requires not hierarchy, but egalitarianism; not centralized power, but a culture in which all voices count.

 

Along with Lisanne van Bunderen of the University of Amsterdam and Daan Van Knippenberg of Drexel University, the research team teased out this finding through two complementary studies. In the first study, an experiment, teams of three students dev2eloped and pitched a consultancy project to a prospective client. Some of these teams were non-hierarchical, while members of other teams arbitrarily received titles: senior consultant, consultant, junior consultant. Likewise, some teams faced no rivals, while others were told they were competing with a rival firm for clients. The researchers found that the subset of hierarchical teams facing competition with rival firms struggled with infighting while the egalitarian teams cooperated on their work.

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Flat structures, research shows, can create more functional teams.

This Is How To Actually Work Smarter, Not Harder

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Possibly no piece of productivity advice is more well-worn than the adage, “Work smarter, not harder.” Of course, the directive points to the fact that it’s not how many hours you put in at your desk that matters—it’s how you spend your time there. In other words, get results faster and you won’t be spending so many late nights at the office.

 

But what does it really mean to work smarter?

 

“It means figuring out better, faster ways to work,” says personal productivity expert and trainer Peggy Duncan. But before you enrol in a time management course or start playing “beat the clock” with your project list, consider these counterintuitive ways to get more done.

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We’ve found eight unexpected (and counterintuitive) ways to squeeze more out of your workday.

How to Spend the First 30 Minutes of Your Day to Maximize Productivity

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

As entrepreneurs, we often work late into the night, only to roll out of bed the next morning, picking up where we left off. One day bleeds into the next, making it seem as if we’re always doing, doing, doing and searching for new and novel ways to do more.

 

The truth is, your desire to do more and get more done will lead you not toward greater productivity, but toward burnout, if you don’t take time each day to check in with yourself, and set your intention for how you want your day to proceed.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.” There is no evidence to suggest that Lincoln actually said this, but the point is not lost on us. How we prepare to do the task before us determines our success.

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How you spend your morning makes or breaks your day.