Abraham Lincoln’s famous team of rivals were able to work together because they were just that, rivals—not enemies. Diversity of ideas and disagreement among your team members is healthy for your organization. All-out war is not.
In a recent blog post, Patrick Lencioni writes that when a team cannot productively engage in conflict the diversity can even become a competitive disadvantage.
Sometimes we all need to hear “no”.
Imagine the millions of dollars that might have been saved if more underlings had been bold enough to speak up when they recognized an idea as bad. Imagine the embarrassments and lawsuits companies could have been spared if someone had been willing to call out the flaws in a plan or concept.
It looks impressive. A table full of engineers, all with their laptops open, ready to meet and take notes. It looks impressive, but it’s actually very inefficient.
From Silicon Valley to academia, experts are realizing that allowing people to bring a laptop into a space set aside for some other purpose yields less than desirable results.
Like everyone else, you may have your smartphone on the table in front of you during every meeting. There’s an important email you’re waiting to receive, a crucial call you don’t want to miss, or maybe you want to be ready to look something up to add to the discussion. Whatever the reason, you’re multi-tasking. You even give yourself a quiet pat on the back for getting double the work done.