The Key to Creating a Power Team

Leistung und Teamwork


An important ingredient in the recipe for a successful business is an outstanding team. How can someone ensure that a team is healthy and productive? There are some different aspects of a team that should be looked after and implemented in any crew that hopes to make progress together.

The first is trust. Do your team member’s trust each other? There can be some hostility fostered from the lack of honesty about weaknesses and needs within a group. The fear of being vulnerable with others gets in the way of being honest, and that makes it difficult to build any foundation of trust at all. Something that goes with the fear of being vulnerable is the fear of conflict.

A fear of conflict is a huge hurdle that many people struggle to jump over in their every day lives. The fear of conflict prevents any real progress when there are problems that need to be fixed. Pretending there is no conflict when there is one can be disastrous, and the problem should be handled right away by the first person who notices it. This brings us to our third factor: avoidance of accountability.

There should be pressure for every team member to be responsible. Taking accountability for what they do and for what they don’t do is an important part of the culture of every team. For example, if Kathryn sees Randy over there leaving his dirty dishes in the sink for someone else to wash, the next time Kathryn finishes using a plate, she’ll leave hers there with the rest of Randy’s. But, if Randy sees Kathryn cleaning up after herself, Randy would feel like a burden if he keeps leaving his own mess for someone else to take care of. It seems like kindergarten, but as we all know, those are where the most important lessons are learned. The culture of the team is influenced greatly by the leader and what their decisions and actions teach the other members to mimic.

So, take note on what your team is doing well, and what it isn’t doing so well. You’ll find that using these three keys for improvement will boost productivity and make working an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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The Real Truth Behind a Happy Workplace

Cheerful coworkers in office

Be aware to “explode the myth of the happy workplace,” because the truth is, you can’t make everybody happy. If you labor under the illusion that you can, you’re only going to disappoint yourself. Everybody wants different things.

Leaders should not try to achieve happiness in a whole team or organization. Rather, they should concentrate on simply optimizing the more primal emotions we all share, such as playfulness, and the desire for new experiences. These emotions arise from the lower regions of our brain…and get passed along naturally. They exist regardless of our unique experiences. Happiness may mean different things to different people, but optimal heartfelt emotions don’t.

As emotional beings, we still respond best to emotional interactions. Hardly a surprise. But, in the business world, we often still perpetuate the myth that leading by logic and reason is best.

Those leaders who practice the lead-by-logic approach mistakenly believe that reason drives emotion. In fact, you can more effectively create the state of mind you desire by working directly with emotion.

The takeaway then? Lead by tapping into primal emotions.

Do you think leading by logic or emotion is best?

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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Using Heartfelt Emotion to Increase Team Creativity

heart on wood

Get into the habit of drawing on “heartfelt emotion” to increase creativity within your team.

Drawing on your own, genuine emotions doesn’t just keep things positive. Ultimately it deepens the impact of positive interactions. Creativity is going to come that much more easily.

“Strong heartfelt emotions can halt our rational mental processes and connect us to people in a much more profound way than relatively mild feelings, such as relief or satisfaction or thankfulness. Heartfelt emotions make our hearts sing, and they set fire to our cognitive and perceptual abilities – traits that every business prizes.”

It seems obvious that heartfelt emotion should create more positive feelings and therefore drive creativity but truthfully, few of the companies take this approach, most likely out of ignorance.

“When team members experience heartfelt emotion, their creative ability ratchets up a notch. That’s why primal team leaders try to deepen team emotion.”

Have you ever worked for someone who exhibited such heartfelt emotions?

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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5 Unfailing Ways to Boost Your Skills


1. Obtain Experience

Obtaining experience is significantly important. In order to boost your skills you have to start exercising them in the real word, to see how the skills really apply. It’s important to get your foot in the door, so be willing to work for free or low pay to build up your experience, the sacrifice will eventually payoff in the end.

2. Ask Questions

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Be like a child in this sense; always be curious and eager to learn. Most people that are well experienced in their field will take notice and want to help you learn more. Don’t be afraid to sound dumb and just remember every person that has mastered their craft, has had to go through a lot of uncomfortable situations to reach their goals.

3. Get Constructive Feedback

Get constrictive feedback from someone who is an expert in that field. You will never be perfect and you will never know everything, there is always room to improve so getting feedback can help you keep striving to be better. If you have a business network you can always ask for feedback to your mentors through their, so they can easily give you feedback in real-time. An important note is to take constructive feedback but don’t strive to please everyone, sometimes when you get to a certain point, following your gut and doing it the way you think is best can actually boost your overall skills as well… this is only once you get close to a level of mastery.

4. Study Available Resources

Don’t wait to be taught! If you want to learn a skill, start with the resources available to you. The Internet has made it a lot easier to master and learn any skill, do your research and start learning on your own. The beauty of this is you can learn at your own pace. A lot of people, who started out being self-taught, became a lot better then the average. It all comes down to how bad you want to learn and how much effort your willing to put.

5.  Practice

Practice is the hardest part for everyone, but it is the most important. The 10,000-hour rule works, you can become a master in any skill by putting 10,000 hours of practice. If you follow every step above without practice you’ll never reach your goal or master any skill, you have to put the time in and practice. Also it is important to make sure you practice effectively as well. If you practice something the wrong way you are wasting your time, make sure you are practicing the correct way by using the resources available to you and keep going.

If you want to learn to master any skill the steps are really simple, but it is very hard to follow through and actually put the time. Always remember that what you do today will affect how you live in the future. Also skills will improve your overall life and give you an amazing sense of purpose. There is no better feeling then improving. Distractions are everywhere, in the age of Netflix, smartphones, YouTube etc.… you can waste a lot of time that could have brought you closer to your goal, focus on what’s important to you and how it is going to bring value to the people around you.

Get started now, and don’t look back… you’ll be surprised how far you can go.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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