Benefits of Teamwork

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A Part of Something Greater

Team players crave the benefits of teamwork so much that they are willing to make extraordinary sacrifices.

“The most difficult thing for individuals to do when they are part of a team is to sacrifice. Without sacrifice, you’ll never know your team’s potential, or your own.”

Pat Riley

NBA Coach

Teamwork in the Workplace

History is full of examples of stars that missed out on being champions because they weren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices.

Conversely, great players would rather share the spotlight than walk away with individual honors. Because they help inspire the team’s willingness to make sacrifices, they reap the benefits of teamwork most.

The following story illustrates how a true champion experienced both individual and team success because of his strong desire to make those around him better.

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Keep Your Best: How to Align Personal and Professional Values

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When you can show employees that they can align their personal and professional values, you attract, and retain, the right people to your organization.

Companies that create a place where employees can practice their values and beliefs retain their best talent.

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Why Can’t Top Exec Make Decision? Authority vs Responsibility

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During an interesting conversation about leadership responsibilities, the subject of authority vs. responsibility came up regarding mail delivery on Saturdays.

Having lived north of the border where Canada Post does not deliver mail on the weekend, I wanted to understand more.

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I Couldn’t Go to My Sister’s Wedding: Learning How to Delegate Authority

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Early in my career, I had just been promoted to Captain and I was serving my second Army Aviation assignment in the Republic of Korea, typically, a one-year tour. Our new commander arrived and told me that I couldn’t go to my sister’s wedding. That’s when I learned how to delegate authority!

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Leadership Development Blog

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Welcome to the Blackhawk Leadership Development Blog, the musings of Blackhawk Consulting Group, LLC, a leadership development firm focused on managers who want to build teams, lead more effectively, and achieve superior results … all with less stress.

The key: aligning your company’s core leadership values in an environment where employees can live their personal values.

NOTE: this post has been updated to include links to articles written or updated after I started this blog

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Connecting with Different Leadership Styles

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One of the key qualities of a good leader is to understand leadership styles and know when to change.

Each of us has our own unique strengths and weaknesses; sometimes, we need more direction, other times, less.

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Decision Making Style

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Your decision making style is a function of your experiences, perceptions, and thinking habits, combined with your level of focus in the three dimensions of thought, that is, whether you lead with your head, heart, or hand.

In my article on employee motivators, I stated that every decision we make comes from our experiences, because our experiences influence our beliefs, and the more we experience something, the greater the intensity of our beliefs.

The way we make our decisions has a similar sequence.  Like a river that logically flows, our thinking habits start from our experiences, which lead to perceptions based on patterns we believe affect outcomes, which influence our decision making style.

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Management Style

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Management vs Leadership

What is the your management style?

  • Is there a distinction between management style and leadership style?
  • Are the leadership characteristics different?
  • How will subtle differences between the two can affect your business?

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Leadership Qualities

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There are a number of leadership qualities an effective leader might possess; one is the ability to care for each employee as an individual.

Knowing the Importance of People

From the time you meet a prospective employee and through their inevitable departure, a true leader treats others as they would want to be treated.

  • What are some qualities of a good leader?

A true leader knows that employees are the company’s most valuable resource, and just as a leader must continue their own education, they must coach and help others grow as well.

Placing value on everyone’s need to grow is one of the qualities that characterize a true leader.

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Definition of Leadership

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What is your definition of leadership?

A Military Definition of Leadership:

“An Army leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.”- FM 6-22

Learning to lead is easiest when you have a great example to follow.

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Authority vs Responsibility

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Top Executive Lacks Authority to Make Decisions Stick

Authority vs Responsibility: Recently, I had another interesting discussion that centered on the ability of the United States Postmaster General.

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