CEOs benefit from executive teams that keep the big picture in mind as data are presented and look beyond day-to-day operations, writes veteran CEO Joel Trammell. "[I]f you're not clear about what you need, not even the CEO will be able to help effectively," Trammell writes.
Failure can be a springboard to success, if you handle it well, writes Joel Garfinkle. The key is to handle mistakes quickly, seek out the lessons from each failure and reward workers for their real achievements, rather than simply their ability to avoid making mistakes. "[C]onvince your people that the occasional blunder is worth it and will be applauded rather than condemned," Garfinkle advises.
Employees are taking more control over their benefits, but they aren't always making smart decisions, says Dave Rahill, president of health and benefits at Mercer, in this Big Think video. That means the onus is on employers to give their workers the tools they need to make the right calls. "In our view, there's a lot of education that has to take place," Rahill says.
Every boss dreams of leading a team of truly world-beating talents, but it's often harder to work with superstars than to manage a merely average group of employees, writes Martha Finney. Talented workers are usually opinionated and strong-willed, Finney explains, and bosses must up their game to retain their authority. "Whether you see that challenge as a drag or an adventure will determine your own success moving forward," she writes.
Bosses shouldn't blame employees for not understanding or acting on their orders, writes Michael Feuer. It's up to leaders to make sure they communicate effectively, in ways that stick with their audiences. "If you’re not getting the results you want, you might be the problem," Feuer writes.