When you’re a leader, it’s easy to feel alone. After all, you’re dealing with issues and decisions that affect your team’s efficiency, culture, and morale.
The worldwide business backdrop is rapidly intensifying and becoming increasingly complex, challenging tomorrow’s CIOs to come to the table with much more than high-level technical insights and experience.
What do people really talk about when they talk about diversity? Diversity can mean many different things but, for organizations, it usually means being populated by people with differences and acknowledging, accepting, and valuing those differences.
As election season thunders on, let’s take a timeout and considers how the various campaigns, whether successful or short-lived (not naming any names), can inform and reinforce the ways we approach collaboration.
There are unpleasant truths many businesses must be prepared to confront before they can truly start talking about “a culture of collaboration.”
Conflict curtails productivity. In the U.S., employees spend 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict at work, according to CPP Global’s Human Capital Report. But its negative effects do not end there.
For marketers, the corporate ladder traditionally is missing a rung or two. Climb to the lofty heights of CMO-dom, sure. Oversee a billion-dollar marketing budget, no problem. But run the whole show? That was best left to the masters of finance, operations and business development.
Relations between marketing and sales are sometimes strained. Brand partnerships sometimes deteriorate after a heated argument. Vendor arrangements can fall apart, too, at the slightest offense. And despite good intentions, some messages can be misinterpreted as insult.
The most successful collaborators typically understand that “looking out for number one” is often in the best interest of the organization as a whole. Finding time to think about—and openly discuss—your individual goals and long-term aspirations will help make you a more engaged and invested team member.
For accomplished professionals, the allure of working at a startup is powerful. This is especially true for individuals who have spent decades building their careers at large corporations.