Teamwork and team building are increasingly seen as crucial to organizational performance, whether we are talking about a business, an athletic competition, a family, or just two workers coordinating their efforts. More books are written about team building than any other aspect of organization development. Yet it is still not entirely clear what the essence of teamwork is. One aspect is clearly that every member must perform some role that is relevant to what the group is trying to do.
Everyone knows that we are in a hurry. Why else would drive-through, fast food restaurants now have two lanes? Why else would parishioners be tweeting their pastors during the sermon with their questions? No one wants to wait for anything–not even 30 days for a more powerful vocabulary. There is, after all, so much to do in so little time.
by Andrew Sibley
A Titanic metaphor for industry and the natural world
In the spring of 1912, one of the largest ships ever built left Southampton, England, and steamed westwards towards the United States. It was the epitome of its age: the height of luxury, technology, prosperity and progress. It was, of course, the Titanic, and it was destined to come up against the natural world in the shape of an iceberg.
Our local taxi service takes me to and from the airport. A few years ago the company installed a new computerized dispatching system along with new credit card terminals. On paper, it looked great: faster dispatch, improved cash flow, quicker and more accurate credit card processing. Drivers, customers, and the company would benefit.
By Steve Baker
Your big decision could well be a better one by letting it percolate a while longer.
The 100-degree heat leapt off the sandstone walls, searing any patch of unprotected skin. At our feet, the 40-degree water of the Colorado River made ankles ache with cold. A group of strangers gathered around huge rubber rafts, getting ready to challenge the Grand Canyon.
By Art Dykstra
Judging by the invitations to read that come across my desk or computer screen, it is obvious that today much attention is being given to the matter of corporate or organizational culture. Perhaps management consultants and academics are becoming more aware of the impact culture has on organizational productivity and performance. Mindful leaders in touch with their organization have known this for a long time.
Leaders are defined almost solely by what they do. What they know, how they think, what they believe, how they view the world–these are indispensable elements of the core identity on which their leadership is based. But at the end of the day, their actions are what really matter, and action is always an expression of choice.