Strategic Market Leadership
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Creating Our Own Weather System

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:24 -- tomjonez

This past week I had conversations with three different friends that have evolved into a thought-provoking theme for me regarding our ability to influence others.  And as we all know, influencing others is a core leadership capacity.  So let me think out-loud for a few minutes...
Each of these observations came as we were brainstorming strategies about leading their people.  Here are the comments:
Mike said, “Wherever he goes [name omitted] creates his own adverse weather system.”

Teamwork First !

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:09 -- tomjonez

Teamwork - A Summary
For several weeks we have discussed the value of a team, focused on the central idea that, “The best person for the job is a team.”  This week we are providing a summary of our recent articles to serve as a handy point of reference.  The following are the essential team ingredients we have considered together:

“You’ve got to know when to fold ‘em…” - Kenny Rogers

Tue, 2012-04-03 12:53 -- tomjonez

Teamwork - Part VI
For several weeks we have discussed the value of a team, surrounding the central idea that, “The best person for the job is a team.”  This week we come to a difficult topic that highlights a difficult task:  Dismissing team members who are not a good match for the team.
Frankly, in all the years, nothing is more gut-wrenching than removing a member of a team.  That said, knowing when to dismiss an individual is an essential skill for leaders who want to develop and maintain effective teams.

A Virtual Team

Tue, 2012-03-20 19:49 -- tomjonez

Teamwork - Part V
For the past few weeks we have been discussing the value of a team, with the core idea being that, “The best person for the job is a team.”
This week I was talking with a friend who is engaged in the conversation we are having through these emails and various follow-up discussions.   This friend made the comment, “Even though I am a small-business owner with only one other staff person, I still have a larger team.”

How to Pick the Team

Wed, 2012-03-07 08:32 -- tomjonez

Teamwork - Part III
In the past two weeks we have confirmed the value and power of teamwork.  Today we turn to a key action step for developing effective teams: Selection.
Selecting the right people for the team is a critical step.  Great team players can make powerful contributions to the mission of the organization; whereas even one poor choice can seriously derail the entire effort.  With that in mind, here are three key attributes to keep in mind when selecting team members.  They are listed in priority of importance.


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