Many, many sins have been committed in the name of “team building.” All too often we associate team building exercises with awkward, superficial and embarrassing interactions. And much of what is done simply doesn’t work. Team building is often irrelevant, but building the team is critical.
We tend not to like the idea of constraints. Boundaries are, after all, rather limiting. And yet they are also essential to creativity and innovation. The essential value of limitations in thinking big.
We live in difficult economic times. Organizations face uncertainty, fear and the threat of lay-offs. As a result, morale goes off a cliff and people go out the door. What are the strategies for succeeding in this environment?
Purpose is all well and good. But what happens when you work in a mind-numbing and soul-destroying bureaucracy? We need to broaden how we think about purpose, and where we seek to find it. Looking for ways to do our job well—and make it interesting—doesn’t hurt, either.
Leading change is a challenging undertaking. In particular, we must as individuals find the confidence to lead in the face of indifference, uncertainty and sometimes outright opposition. One of the key influences on our motivation, and on our will to lead, is a curious quality called agency.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Emma Watson gave an extraordinary speech to the United Nations on Saturday last. Watson was launching the UN Women #HeForShe campaign for gender equality.