We’ve all been part of great teams and not-so-great teams. But have you ever stopped to think at what makes a team great or not? Here’s my take on it.
Twenty years ago, branding was still new and organisations were reluctant to spend any money on it. Today, every organisation has a budget for its brand. Everyone is clear that the brand of a business is critical to its success.
I was only a teenager when I first read the question ‘what would I do if I weren’t afraid’. I was young and uncertain with all the angst of being young and not knowing my place in the world. I was filled naively with a confidence that when I grew up that I would become fearless as I would somehow have all the answers – or at least enough of them to be bold.
Two organisations come together.
Each group gets to see what the other looks like. Specifically what you see are the behaviours, symbols and systems of the other organisation. They may look like you, even talk like you. On the surface they may be in the same business, and therefore undertake the same activities. But very quickly you will notice that they are not the same as you.
Diversity has direct and surprising positive effects on your business. Not only can it yield a range of beneficial impacts but it can also help limit some of the more extreme tendencies your teams may face. It is a proposition I recently put forward in an article for Acquisition International and one that I’d like to reflect on here.