How to create a work culture that’s both compassionate and competitive.
For centuries, leaders have been operating within a "control and compete mindset. But times are changing. More and more, at the helm of successful companies, you'll find a different sort of leader. Collaborators, not controllers, they are "square apples", bold men and women who dare to create success by reshaping the workplace in unexpected ways. In their book Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership
, Susan Smith Kuczmarski and Tom Kuczmarski profile 25 values-based leaders to discover a new model of leadership for the 21st century. "Squared apples" symbolically stand for a new way to lead in the workplace and a new way to measure success--both personally and professionally.... We, as a society, need to take bruised work environments and reshape them into dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative organizations. Likewise, we need to reexamine the central core within our own personal life. Is the core selfish or selfless? ... Is our orientation geared toward using people or getting the most out of them for themselves as well as for the good of the organization? Serving others, helping others, and inspiring others to bring out their inner core of strengths and talents is what the new definition of success is all about. In this weeks You've Been Spotted segment, Kevin Lee asks participants from AMA's course "Management Skills for New Supervisors" about what challenges they face as team leaders. Listen to these participants share what they've learned from the course.