Merriam-Webster defines conventional wisdom as “the generally accepted belief, opinion, judgment, or prediction about a particular matter.”
More than ever, we need vigilance and counter-measures to prevent conventional wisdom and the related danger of groupthink from derailing high-performing organizations.
Picture this. Colleagues sitting around a table (or maybe remotely connected by phone or video), giving their views, sharing ideas, making recommendations, or just pontificating. Someone has a question, wants a clarification, or can offer a different point-of-view, or an alternate way forward.
We’ve all been there. But what really happens? Continue reading
A nuclear submarine commander has written a must-read book about how to achieve great performance at every level of your organization.
David Marquet’s Turn The Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders is terrific for all team players in your company. It’s especially powerful for those entrusted with leading direct reports.
I loved the book. Marquet has distilled his philosophy into a concise, attention-keeping, easy read filled with examples of how he and his crew turned the worst performing nuclear sub into the best.
You, too, can apply this philosophy, but first you’ll have to adopt a new mindset that will lead to different actions. Marquet’s thesis is that we need to transform leadership from a “leader-follower” mode to one of “leader-leader.” That’s how he transformed the USS Santa Fe from a dysfunctional “one captain and 134 crewmen” into a high-octane operation of “135 thinkers.” Continue reading