A few months ago, I asked readers what they--or their companies--are doing to build winning teams or to inject more creativity into their organizations. It prompted a lot of feedback, including thoughtful comments on how great leaders build great teams, as well as complaints from people who believed their companies were doing little or nothing to inspire such a culture.
If you ask Jim Collins, author of the acclaimed book Good To Great (HarperBusiness, 2001), a big difference between good leaders and great leaders is that "great leaders don't give better answers; they ask better questions. And they ask them repeatedly. ... A great company never owes its success to one 'a-ha' moment. Rather, a series of incremental, good decisions give outstanding results." (For more, see The Narrow Path To Leadership.)
Asking better questions is one of the challenges we'll be posing to attendees at our upcoming Fall Conference. Linux or Windows? Good question, but what's the better question? Outsource or in-house? Good question, but what's the better question?
John Waraniak of Tata Consultancy Services told me he learned firsthand in motor racing that "winning teams recognize that people, process, and results are inextricably linked. You cannot be serious about one without focusing on the other two. And technology is integral to all three." Winning teams, he believes, have a mentality that "second place is the first loser." He adds, "In today's hypercompetitive, global business environment, the race to win goes on with or without you."
What place do you want to be in? Let me know at the address below.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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