And you thought your job is safe?

Just the other day I was talking to an old colleague of mine who had just lost his job and couldn’t bring himself to accept the fact that he was let go. It happens, again and again. Good Employees, having worked long hours, nights, weekends and often for years find themselves on the receiving end of the stick and have a hard time reconciling to the fact that they were let go. We often have a tendency to feel invincible and feel as if we are indispensable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Corporations are in it to make money and have a fiduciary duty to maximize the profit for their shareholders. As such, their focus is to be as lean and efficient as possible, otherwise they run the risk of being left to bite the dust themselves. The employees, having spent few years in an organization often become…

How to build an effective team?

Team building is the latest buzzword. No matter the size of the organization, everyone is jumping on the team building bandwagon. But what is really team building? Different people seem to have different answers. In a nutshell, team building is really about creating high performing teams who can move the proverbial mountain and deliver amazing results for an organization. So how do you build such an amazing team and how do you ensure the team continue on this trajectory of high performance and high productivity? In my previous article, I laid out characteristics of high performing teams. Today, we will talk about some of the activities that leaders can implement to build high performing teams and instill the teamwork and can do attitude. There are several consulting companies both big and small who have made a career out of various team building activities and have a slew of activities that…