Posts Tagged "team"

11 Questions You Need to Ask About Your Team’s Effectiveness

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by The Learning Factor

You have a great product or service. You have the funds to make it happen. Now, the big question is “Do you have the people to stand by you and execute?”


The biggest question for entrepreneurs today is how to create a culture to keep your dream growing to its full potential. The answer is by creating a place for people to continue to dev2elop both professionally and personally.


Dividing professional and personal dev2elopment is an oxymoron. One feeds the other. And when you have an environment of mutual respect and open communication, more people want to hang around with you and make magic at work. The hardest part of work is the people piece. It needs on-going attention to keep productivity high and stress low.


Here are 11 questions to ask yourself and your team to make sure you are heading in the right direction.

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You need a talented group of individuals to help you get to extraordinary success. Keep this list close at hand and make sure you and your colleagues are asking these questions every few months.

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!

Sleep Deprivation Makes You a Worse Leader, Study Confirms

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

From political leaders like Bill Clinton (in his heyday, at least) and Margaret Thatcher to business legends like Herb Kelleher and Jack Dorsey, there’s no shortage of stories of leaders who claim to get by on next to no sleep. Should you follow their lead, inspiring your followers with heroic feats of business endurance?


Probably not, suggests a new study. Not only does dragging yourself around on minimal sleep feel awful, it also apparently makes you a less inspiring leader.

Sleeplessness kills your charisma

To test how lack of sleep affects key leadership skills like persuasion and charm, a team of researchers led by University of Washington management professor Christopher Barnes asked 88 business school students to prepare a commencement speech designed to inspire listeners. Half of this group then gave their speech following a restless night (they were asked to complete a survey every hour) and half while they were adequately rested.


How did a panel of expert evaluators (as well as the students themselves) rate their performances? The results clearly show that sleeplessness is a charisma killer.


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Sacrificing sleep for your work won’t inspire your followers. Quite the opposite, science shows.

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