Performance: it’s better together

Performance: it’s better together

In this episode, Dave and Justin discuss how organizations perform better when they do it together. Here are the notes from the show:

  • Dave tells a story about frustrated church volunteers due to overly administrative church leaders & Justin chimes in on the professional world parallel
  • Thomas Edison is revered as an innovator, but as a leader he failed miserably because he thought the role of a leader was to “boss people around” instead of create space for them to succeed
  • “Taylorism” was ushered in as an industrial paradim in the early 20th century as it created great efficiency with workers in factories
  • The “shadow of Taylorism” is still alive and well in this knowledge age – especially in professional services where firms often still sell “time” instead of “value”. A great example is Uber as the firm charged a mere $135K for an app that now fuels a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
  • Dave continues on to articulate the progress from Taylorism to Teams and beyond
  • World is now VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Changing, Ambiguous)
  • The movie Twister is a good example of a VUCA environment!
  • It’s all about purpose. Hamel says “A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation, and encourages perseverance.”
  • Great leaders challenge the team and leave execution up to their creativity; more of an orchestra director instead of a dictator
  • There are tools to help you understand your team and what makes them tick – such as Strengths Finder and our very own LifeKeys
  • Peter Drucker related management to an “organ” of the human body
  • Dave summarizes stating that team leadership isn’t about control, it’s about creating an environment for the talents of others to be compounded for the benefit of the whole – just as the NT metaphor of the Body of Christ
  • Questions to ask yourself:
    • What is my leadership style? Am I an orchestra conductor or a dictator?
    • In what ways can I encourage my organization to act more like a body and maybe less like a machine?
    • How well do I know the nuances of the members of my team? Could I use a tool that allows everyone to better understand each other?

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