September 27, 2015
One of my favorite leadership books is Patrick Lencioni's,
Toward the end of this amazing book, Mr. Lencioni sums up his ideas by focusing on how a cohesive team behaves.
According to Lencioni, truly cohesive teams do the following:
1. They trust one another.
2. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.
3. They commit to decisions and plans of action.
4. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.
5. They focus on the achievement of collective results.
I hope that this makes you think about your team.
Does your team follow Lencioni's thoughts about a cohesive team?
For more info about teams, I encourage you check out The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, share it with your team members, and use it to help guide your team to becoming more cohesive.
July 19, 2015
Just a few weeks ago, I began a 5 part series of short podcasts that are focused on team building.
Check out the first team building tip episode here.
Today, I am focused on fighting for who you want on your team.
As the leader, it is important that you have a say in who gets to be on your team. Too often there are forces at work that would like to fill the openings on your team with their picks.This practices flys in the face of what it takes to build a quality team. The team has to work together to achieve its mission and goals.
When the leader interviews potential new members, he is looking for the right fit. He is looking for someone who is driven and a self-starter. He is looking for someone who makes things happen.
The candidate is also interviewing the team leader. The potential team member wants to know if the team and the organization are a good fit, as well.
The team is important to the well-being of the organization, therefore it is important to take ownership. This can't happen if others who are outside the team place new members in the group.
Who is on your team is worth fighting for.
Hopefully, this is good food for thought as you get ready to start the new school year.
July 9, 2015
If you work with computers and computer files on a regular basis, the most important thing you can do is backup your files. The odds are that at some point you will experience a hard drive crash or a virus/malware infection that could possibly destroy all of your files.
This tip is unique in that, we are not going to talk about how to backup your files, instead we will be discussing how to prepare for a successful backup. These tips will make your backup thorough, complete, and trouble free.
David's 5 Tips for Preparing for a Successful Backup
1. Before you start a backup, you need to clean up your file folders.
2. Make a backup of all of your Browser Bookmarks.
3. make sure all of your files are located in a specific location.
4. Determine the size of your files.
5. Determine your backup medium.
- If you don't know how to backup files, find a youtube video, instructional web page, ask a friend or pay someone to set up and show you how. It's that important!
- Even if you work in an environment that does backups, make your own! Remember, it is your data, you are responsible for it, and you will be the one crying if everything is lost!
- Test your backups. A backup isn't any good if you can't use it.
- Periodically review your backup policies. You might need/want to tweak them. Update your bookmark backups, etc. You might have old files that can be archived on CD/DVD and deleted from the hard drive.
Great advice to take to heart!
So what are you waiting for?
Time to prepare for that backup!