My pal and fellow blogger and author, Michael Stallard just spoke at the HCI Summit. I have known Michael for a couple of years (check out my podcast with him here) but this was the first time we met face-to-face and it was awesome to chat with Michael in person. Michael's book, Fired Up of Burned Out offers a great look at how to create a connection culture.
One of the distinctions that Michael made during his talk leading with vision means that: people are motivated by the mission, united by values, and proud of the organization's reputation. It is not enough for leaders to have a vision - they need to create workplaces that make people proud to be a part of the organization today and the future. I love that definition.
Michael also talked about what it means to be a values-based leader. Key to this is helping others achieve their potential. People want to feel as though you have got their back and that they are supported and that their contribution is important.
What do both of these points have in common? They both stress caring proactive service orientation as being the fuel that energizes employees and teams. This is the glue that brings and TIES people together.
I have often wondered if it is time to reinvent the stages of team development (beyond Tuckman) to capture how we cultivate the connective energies and bind (in a good way) people together. I think that would make for a great innovation - Teams 2.0.
Great job, Michael!