Creating distance between yourself and your team will limit your ability to collaborate, write Edgar Schein and Peter Schein. "The more you get to know each other, the more likely it will be that people will be more open both in producing new ideas and in challenging groupthink," they write.
Speakers will overwhelm and lose audiences if they try to convey too much information, writes Ashish Arora. Use visuals and technical details sparingly and address only the topic's highlights, knowing people can learn more afterward.
Executives should consider supplanting change management with progress leadership, as the former conveys something people fear, while the latter speaks to something they want, writes Dean Lindsay. "Progress leadership means striving to help others find meaning in their work," he writes.
McDonald's decision to replace Quarter Pounder frozen patties with fresh beef is helping it meet demands for fresher, better-tasting food, writes Jonathan Ringen. McDonald's had to overhaul its supply chain and retrain staff to make burgers individually, he writes.
Remembering to be grateful and practicing self-care can help people emerge from periods of low energy and low motivation, writes Sue Hawkes. "Be patient and kind to yourself, and know that even small progress is a success," she writes.
Employees are more apt to stay when leaders take the time to seek input about projects, culture and goals, writes Justin Bell, president of Credera. "The only way to help someone reach their full potential is to seek to understand where they want to go and what drives them," he writes.
People can be reluctant to help others, so it's up to you to win them over by sharing stories, staying calm and appealing to each person's motivation, writes LaRae Quy. "I have found that mental toughness often has less to do with being tough than with being emotionally savvy about what is going on in the brains of those around me," she writes.
No presentation should be given if you haven't run over the big ideas or a rough draft with people beforehand, writes Tim Calkins of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Emphasizing that you're showing them a work in progress is crucial, as otherwise, "you aren't asking for their input and ideas, you are simply trying to sell them a recommendation," he writes.