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the impact of connection

“Communities are successful because their members are successful. For a community to thrive, it needs care and attention. This means building and growing a community is about people, not programs.”*

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the effective leader

In an article in The Leadership Quarterly, Louis W Fry said, “People need someone and something to believe in. They need a spiritual leader who walks in front of them when they need someone to follow, someone who walks behind them when they need encouragement and someone to walk beside them when they need a friend. This is the kind of leader who understands that personal agendas must be put aside to foster the kind of spirit at work that creates a genuine sense of community.”1 This is the kind of leader who is effective and can empower people through the power of community.

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the community rider

In her book, Power Your Tribe, Christine Comaford talks about creating a tribe, a community in an organization—a concept that has lost its significance in our hectic, individualistic world. She reiterates this concept to how teams become brilliant only together, no matter how turbulent the times are and what external changes are faced.

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network perspective

“People [leaders] view networking as something that ‘is not them’ or that they could not see themselves doing. However, networking ability is crucial for getting things accomplished and making change inside organizations….”1 When managers take a network approach to leadership, they develop close communities of practice, which help the organization in achieving its strategic priorities.

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keep it slim

Researchers Raaj Sah and Joseph Stieglitz argue that hierarchic style organizations produce problems like the rejection of good projects without reason. The greater the number of organizational decision-making layers, the greater the probability that a good project will be rejected that would have otherwise had a positive impact on the company’s growth.1 Are flat organizations then the ideal solution for a faster go-to-market strategy?

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auditing culture

Denise Lee Yohn, author of FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies, cracks the code on culture-building. She explains why and how to use corporate culture to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of one’s business.

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presence in the present

In his book, One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, Rasmus Hougaard says, “Mindfulness is about you. It’s about overcoming the multitasking trap, and entering the attention economy being one second ahead of your wandering mind and external distractions. It’s about being the best version of yourself every day. It’s about generating greater mental effectiveness so that you can reach your full potential, both on a professional and a personal level. Effectiveness in this context is the ability to achieve your goals, objectives, and wishes in life.” In an exclusive interview to The Smart Manager, he elucidates the need for presence at the workplace and how a functional mind aids focus.

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driving innovation

The US Patent and Trademark Office describes innovation as “…a word that touches every facet of our everyday culture from business to science and even the arts. Innovation is often associated with creating new things or ideas and includes improving upon old ones too. Businesses around the world have a great need to continuously innovate to stay competitive in the global marketplace and to bring consumers the latest and greatest products and services. But innovation is not defined by just a single event or even a single brilliant idea. Innovation is truly about a process, a series of steps that begins with human imagination and creativity and results in the creation of something of value for society to enjoy.”*

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packaged goodness

Speaking at a conference at Harvard Kennedy School recently, iD Fresh Food co-founder P C Musthafa said, “We build trust by trusting our consumers and went by the policy—if you want someone to trust you, you should first trust them.” With its unwavering focus on quality, the company is busting the myth that packaged foods are unhealthy. That they serve one million idlis a day is a testimony to their customers’ trust in them.

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rock the boat

Thomas Edison rightly said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Ideas are simply solutions to problems. Its execution can spark change, and within an organization, it can lead to progress.

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