4 Tips to Develop a Team Competitive Advantage

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In a previous article, we discussed the idea of problem solving broken into a mindset structure, in this article we will look at ways to make a team building strategy that can become a competitive advantage, if done consistently and transparently using those mindsets.

If you are a team leader or senior leader, this same process applies. You must realize that the process takes time, a lot of effort and most importantly connecting with your team members. It cannot be done remotely nor can it be done in a vacuum, i.e., without input from the team members. There must be integrity, trust, and transparency in the whole process.

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Keys to Being a Transformative Leader

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To be a Transformative Leader one must exhibit strength in two very important character areas, trust, and transparency. One’s ability to grow and allow others to grow depends wholly on the results of both of these characteristics.

Trust is one cornerstone:

The first characteristic is Trust. As a noun, it is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. For example, “relations have to be built on trust”

Synonyms for trust can be confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence

Legally, it is defined as, confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of property to be held or used for the benefit of one or more others.

As a verb, trust is defined: to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of. For example, “I should have trusted that data from the beginning.”

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Thinking Out of the Box is NOT a Dead Idea

OK Character 200X200 2013 full“Thinking out of the box” is a term that is over-used, often misunderstood and woefully buzzified.  There are experts in the leadership circles that want this term removed from our vocabulary forever; fortunately, I am not one of those.  This term needs to become more utilized and it needs to be combined with a dose of disruptive thinking so we can make effective proactive changes that allow us to deal with the plethora of difficult issues we are dealing with in business and government today.

When people talk about thinking outside the box, we mean coming up with creative ways to solve problems – new ways to look at things.  We are looking for new ways, processes for how we can do it?  We are looking for new products or services that can advance our businesses to a new level.  In our eagerness to think outside the box we often, forget to understand what the box is and what constraints there are within the boundaries of that box.

First, Let’s Examine the Box

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Successful People are Not Always Successful Leaders

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Many people assume that if someone is successful it is because they have good leadership skills. Some people assume that if a business is successful it is because it has good leaders. Leadership isn’t something that is particularly easy to pass on to other people. Sometimes a company is successful because a past leader was very skilled as a leader and the current leader simply has kept things running the same as before.

 Great leadership is a rare skill. For most people it doesn’t come naturally. It is amazing how many organizations are successful even though they have only marginally competent people leading them. Many times this is because the structure of the organization helps make up for a leaders short comings.