Teamwork and Thanksgiving

teamworkTeamwork! This definition means quite a bit – the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. I am sure that every Thanksgiving we get to see this in its greatest form.

When I look at how our holiday dinner events come together, it can only be from teamwork. I can see in the kitchen that there is no less than 6 or 7 people cooking items, assembling items, plating, setting the buffet, pouring milk, setting the table and so much more. Everyone just jumps in to do their part, each and every year.

Why, you might ask? I can tell you that the entire crowd in attendance is looking forward to the end result – DINNER TIME! If only the real working world would work like this. Everyone doing their part to get to the end result that makes everyone happy.

You would have happy employees, happy suppliers and most importantly happy customers. Teamwork can be infectious and done time and time again can only lead to a culture of teamwork.  A statistic states that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. It only seems logical to focus on teamwork to improve a multitude of things.

Next time you are trying to explain improving teamwork in your organization just look to that Thanksgiving dinner as the reference point.

Become Your Companies Chief ‘Looking Around The Corner’ Officer

Recently had the opportunity to read a manifesto that Robert Bloom wrote. It was called Looking Around The Corner and shatters some old-school thought processes of looking ahead every year. He comments that, “This fixation on an obsolete planning process guarantees that firms that use it will not keep pace with the rapid, substantive changes in our business world”.

As I plan for the new year of 2011 and develop the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve our overall objective, this doc hits home and gets the creative juices flowing on how we will go to market in a multitude of areas.

Great stuff. Get it at Change This.

50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation

As your organization gears up for 2010, here are 50 ways to ensure that it’s culture is conducive to innovation.

This is a great list and as you do some digging around through the links throughout the list, which I recommend doing, there are some very good and more in-depth info.

Enjoy this list as you head into the new year.

It’s Turning Into A Virtual World

I have been working with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and of course this blog and amazingly enough here comes another application to shake up the business world.

Online virtual worlds such as Second Life have a bad reputation in the business world, writes Rita J. King, but in the right hands they’re more than just huge time sinks; they can be powerful engines of innovation. Companies like IBM, Northrop Grumman and Manpower are already using Second Life to hold virtual meetings and share complex data, effectively combining teleconferencing with powerful presentation software into a single free program. When meeting and sharing ideas is easy, efficient and free, employees are more likely to collaborate, writes King, making it just a matter of time before every company has a Second Life office.

Read the article at Strategy + Business.

Can We Increase Workplace Productivity?

Reading an article this morning at the Wall Street Journal Online about workplace productivity and motivating your staff. They listed five must-read books on ways to increase productivity. Here were the top five:

“The Human Side of Enterprise” by Douglas McGregor
“Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?” by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
“The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action” by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
“Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge” by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
“Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” by Vincent Gennaro

I haven’t read any of these personally, but, most likely in these current times may just get some of these. If you have ever read any of these books I would appreciate hearing from you and your comments.

Start The New Year by Getting In Control of Everything

As I started going thru some email this morning, I came across a piece of software that helps with getting organized. This software is called Things. Come to find out it is a tool that you can use with a GTD system, the Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. Well, one thing led to another and I was Googling the term ‘GTD’ and came across two very cool web sites that I have not been to before. Thought I would share them, but, only if you are interested in increasing productivity, your effectiveness, organization and time management. The two sites were 43 Folders and Black Belt Productivity. There is a great GTD primer at Black Belt Productivity with a very good video from Dave Allen. It also references Merlin Mann’s Inboz Zero presentation which is the video below. I started today!!