Building Efficiency, Community and Innovation in Your Organization

What are you doing in your organization to encourage efficiency, community, and innovation?  These are the guidelines used at Google in deciding on which People Programs to offer.

I am currently reading Work Rules:  Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock, leader of Google’s people function.  It is certain to make it to my 2016 Favorites List.  (See my favorites from 2014 and 2015).  Though I left my [largely satisfying] corporate career over ten years ago to pursue the dream of having my own business—with no regrets, I admit that I would have loved working for a company like Google.

The commitment to finding the best talent on the planet and to the health, happiness, success and welfare of their people is truly impressive.

I will be writing more about this but today, I want to focus on the aspect of finding no cost or low cost ways to make a difference in the lives of your team.  Here is just one thing in each category that happens at Google that would be easy to implement in your organization:

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Efficiency:  Recognizing that people work hard all day, only to go home to “another job” related to family or household, Google makes it easier for everyone by bringing vendors on site to provide services like:  haircuts, manicures, dry cleaning, car wash and oil change, bike repair.  Small business owners in the community can be excellent partners to enable this in your company.

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Community:  Not only Take Your Child to Work Day, but also Take Your Parent to Work Day!  An opportunity to thank parents for raising amazing kids and to see first hand what their work environment is like and hear from some of their coworkers.  Wow!  I can’t help thinking how much my dad would have loved to visit with some of my bosses.

InnovationInnovation:  Talks @Google is an opportunity to hear from authors, thought leaders and other luminaries on subjects as broad as your imagination.  These talks are on video and uploaded to YouTube to the benefit of everyone, so this also includes an element of community-building.

These are great ideas and others outside these themes are added “just because it’s the right thing to do.”  For my favorite example of this, read this article:  Here’s What Happens to Google Employees When They Die.

 These examples may or may not work in your organization.  The most important thing to realize here is that these are largely the result of suggestion from Googlers.  And Google makes a point of trying to say yes to its Googlers.

There’s more to come on what I’m learning from this amazing company and for now, I’d love to hear your thoughts – or your ideas of what your organization is doing to increase efficiency, community and innovation.

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7 Reasons to Build an Extraordinary Team

Teamwork and success concept with a bridge of businesspersonHave you ever worked as part of an extraordinary team? If so, it’s an experience you always remember.  And, it’s an experience you always want to replicate again.

As a business leader, building an extraordinary team takes commitment, hard work and courage, but it brings many tangible benefits that are well worth the effort!  Here are seven reasons to build an extraordinary team:

  1. Teamwork enables synergy. In today’s fast-paced, every-changing business environment, all leaders are tasked to do more with less.  Great teams contribute more than the sum of each team member, allowing your organization to move forward faster.
  2. Teamwork provides the ultimate competitive advantage. According to best-selling author and executive consultant Patrick Lencioni, teamwork is the “ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.”  I couldn’t agree more and if you want to learn more about how this works, register for my complimentary webinar:  How to Eliminate Dysfunction and Build a Cohesive Team.
  3. Your people will enjoy work more as part of a great team. And we know that happy team members lead to happy customers.  Happy customers spend more and refer more business to you.  And that means your business grows.
  4. Effective collaboration is more important than ever. One study published by Harvard Business Review found that “the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more” over the last two decades and that “at many companies, more than three-quarters of an employee’s day is spent communicating with colleagues.”
  5. Teamwork enhances problem solving. Studies show that “groups innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems,” according to a recent article in the NY Time Magazine.  Teams that brainstorm together are more creative and more innovative.
  6. Being part of a competitive team increases personal productivity. “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Great teams encourage each member to contribute at their highest level because no one wants to be the reason the team fails and no one wants to let the rest of the team down.  Read The Boys in the Boat for a great example of this, as well as a great story.
  7. Building a team builds leadership. And, since the leadership capacity in your business forms the ceiling on your ability to grow, the more leadership you have at every level of the organization, the better.  Your own leadership ability and credibility will grow in relation to growth of your team.  And you will be in a better position to build leadership in others.

It’s important to always be working on building your team and I can help you with that.  If you would like to learn more about building a cohesive team, register today for my free training:  How to Eliminate Dysfunction and Build a Cohesive Team.

And, in the meantime, as always, I’d love to hear about your experiences with extraordinary and dysfunctional teams!

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