Leadership drives culture – it doesn’t just happen!

12 09 2014

“Close friends contribute to our personal growth.  They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.” ~Judith Viorst

The same can be said for close collaboration and successful teamwork helping to make the tasks in our workplace more successful because it’s fun to work with a close team.  Our recent Executive Management Team meeting was full of more joking around than I recall ever hearing – and we got a LOT done amidst the levity.

Here’s much greater leader than I am with his thoughts on collaboration:  John Chambers, CEO of Cisco:

“When I started, I viewed my job as three main areas: vision and strategy of the company, development and recruitment of the team to implement that vision and strategy, and the need to communicate all of the above. Within about four or five years I realized there was something that many of us do not understand when we take a leadership role: culture. Great companies have very strong and great cultures. A huge part of a leadership role is to drive the culture of the company and to reinforce it. The other thing that has changed dramatically is [a shift] from command and control to collaboration and teamwork. It sounds easy to do, but it’s hard, because you are trained that way in M.B.A. school, in law school. Around 80 to 90 percent of the job is how we work together toward common goals, which requires a different skill set.”

May you all collaborate happily and cohesively – This leadership kumbaya will have to hold you for a week, my week-long beach vacation starts this afternoon!


Speaking of wine…

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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