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Andy Warhol x The Rolling Stones Collaboration

21 Dec

Warhol x Jagger

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Even In A Collaborative Atmosphere, Acknowledge Individual People

19 Aug

Today’s advice comes from David Lieb, CEO of Bumpvia Fast Company:

“We’re a software company and what we do is done in groups of people. The way we recognize individual contribution is by having a wrap-up meeting at the end of every feature-development period and the team leader gets up and explains what the group was able to accomplish during that period. They call out the individual contributions of each person on the team.”

It’s important for companies that thrive off of a collaborative atmosphere to take note of the individual effort that goes into it. Even when a large group of people are working on a project, one person may go the extra mile or come up with a good idea that pushes it forward.

According to Lieb, it’s important to acknowledge that person, whether privately or in front of the team. Without commending them for their individual contribution, they may begin to feel like a small fish in a big pond, and if they believe their advanced efforts will continuously remain largely unnoticed, eventually they’ll put less into it.

“So if one guy makes a heroic contribution keeping the servers up during a big period of growth, we’ll call that person out so the whole company will realize that person made a big contribution this time.”

Redefining Collaboration

26 Jul

Today’s advice comes from Jeff Jones, executive vice president at Targetvia Fast Company

“Collaboration is one of those overused words in business today. And for me, it’s less about encouraging people to collaborate and more about setting the example of what collaboration looks like.”

There are two age-old sayings that back up what Jones is saying: “Show, don’t tell” and “Actions speak louder than words.”

The term collaboration is often loosely thrown around at conferences, in meetings, and in company mission statements. Without action to back up the word, collaboration is just that: a word. Business owners should be an example of the definition. Rather than telling people to collaborate, show them what it means to do so—lead by example.

“As a leader, I have to be prepared to set the right tone, to demonstrate the behavior that I want in others, and try to create the total conditions that allow people to do their best work together. Just telling people to collaborate never works, but establishing the framework and setting the right example is what I try to do.”

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