Carlos Valdes Dapena is the managing principal at Corporate Collaboration Resources and the Author of Lessons from Mars. Carlos spent 17 years working for MARS incorporated, a global food and pet care industry. During his time with MARS, his career focus was around improving corporate collaboration within the organization, eventually leading the development of the Mars Framework for High-Performance Collaboration. After moving on from this role in 2017, Carlos continues to share his insights and best practices for team collaboration and leadership development through his book and consulting work.
Those who lead at a high level understand the important function of ‘the triple bottom line’ which regards three key areas: people, services and profit. This helps to focus attention and energy on a competitive vision for the future and concurrently enables effective management in the long run. Let’s learn something about the ways to create a committed workforce and a prosperous business through a strong vision and your organization’s collective culture.
The strategic planning process is much more than a document that lays out your organization's strategic plan. The process itself begins with your people. By including your team in the process early on, they will better understand your organization's vision, mission and goals. Team buy-in will increase, and your team can effectively execute the strategy.
Rather than looking at the strategic planning process an event that takes place during set intervals of time, say every year, or every four months for example, it's a better idea to see it as a cyclical and agile process. The strategic plan provides a framework, but your team should be nurtured along the way, and ongoing communication will help align your people and strategy.
The following articles have great information about understanding team dynamics and motivators, as well as helpful information for anyone who is leading a team.
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We’re nearing the official end of Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), and most of us throughout North America have seen some strange and extreme weather this year. It can be tough to focus on strategy and team building when the days are cold and dark.
People may feel busy, tired, and overwhelmed and just want to rush home at the end of the day. It’s important to remember that even in the darkest winter months, relationship building and keeping a focus on your strategy and team is as important as ever.
This month, I’ve chosen some fun articles and podcasts about strategy, decision making, leadership and team building. Remember: without your people, you can’t execute a strategy!
Your Communication Strategy is Part of Business Structure
There are only two kinds of business structure: adequate and inadequate.
In an inadequate structure behaviour and results oscillate, go around in circles and lead to the question, “Haven’t we been here before?” Neither employees nor customers can follow what we’re saying or doing. We’re inconsistent because we ‘communicate’ without thought about purpose, goal and values. We lose sight of what we want people to do with the communication, making the communication a waste of effort.
With an adequate structure the entire business is moving forward, adjusting for bumps in the road and demonstrating resilience. In an adequate structure, behaviour and results evidence common purpose, goals and consistently mindful communication.
As the leader of your organization, how do you measure success? If you asked your staff this question, would they give you the same answer?
Though you don't judge the success of your marketing team with the same metrics you use for finance or HR, it is important to get everyone on your team to measure success in terms of the organization.