Expertise Leader, Hay Group Toronto
Rick Lash, based in Hay Group’s Toronto office, is the expertise leader for the leadership and talent practice in Canada. Rick has over 20 years of experience working with clients in the design and implementation of organizational change interventions which accelerate and maximize the learning process and increase performance at the individual, team and corporate level.
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer feels that without physical interaction in the workplace, employees are missing out on important collaborative experiences and more importantly, the company is missing out on new ideas that spring from the collaborative process. What Mayer is missing with her edict is the fact that bringing people physically together does not solve the communication or ultimately collaboration problem. Collaboration leads to innovation. Without innovation, every company, small and large, from tech to manufacturing, will not survive the next century.
A collective identity is the organizational DNA that gives people a common sense of culture and belonging, and allows them to feel that they are part of something bigger than themselves. It's one of the reasons why we hear so many people say they love their company or profession and talk about it as a lifestyle. As the next generation moves into the workplace, a generation that is more connected through social media than any other, here are a few tips for corporate leaders to develop and foster a collective identity in their organizations.
10/05/2012 12:07 EDT
During the Olympics, we watched the individual pursuits became the collective effort of a nation and one person's dream became the dream of an entire nation. The athletes themselves are quick to point out, what at first seems like individual achievements were only possible with the help of family, coaches, and a network of support. It is a lesson the corporate world should learn from. In business you see where the reckless pursuit of individual achievement can lead.
08/14/2012 04:17 EDT
Whether you support them or not, Quebec students are giving us all a valuable lesson in leadership. When Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced relatively small increases in tuition fees, he was speaking from the head. When Quebec students responded by boycotting classes and taking to the streets, they were reacting from the heart.
06/05/2012 05:12 EDT
For those that survive the government's deep budget cuts, greater challenges lie ahead. In good times, even bad leaders can be effective. However, when the winds of growth die down, truly effective leaders with the qualities and characteristics needed to inspire and engage will reveal themselves.
04/13/2012 07:46 EDT
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