Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity

Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize that with increased diversity come new ideas, which directly translate to new and better products and services.

“Under the right circumstances groups re remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be

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Management and Making Meaning: Crossing Over

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the MITSloan Management Review article by Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden,“ The Five Qualities of Meaningful Work”.

My roots are in sociology, specifically the sociology of the workplace, and in phenomenology, which includes the exploration of how we make meaning. It is no wonder that I gravitate toward the building of an organization that seeks to be more than an arm’s length transaction for all who engage.

Here at LocalDirective, we talk about our culture a lot, not just the construction of our culture, but what kind of culture we want to build. To me, work is not really engaging unless it fulfills another deep human need, and that need it to live a meaningful life. I believe that is something we all want, … Continue Reading

5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders – Commentary

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders an article from Fast Company, written by Faisal Hoque .

Wow! When considering the definition of disrupt, I have to admit my first reaction was to wonder who would want to become a truly disruptive leader and then ensure I put forth my best efforts to stay far away from that person.

Disrupt: (verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\) to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)

After I read this article, I was able to see the value of a disruptive leader. In fact, I agree with the 5 habits she discussed in her article… Well, mostly anyways. I’m not 100% on board with number 5 … Continue Reading