Who Gets the Credit on Your Team?

How to Create a Team Culture by Creating a Team Environment

Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” If it’s all about you, then you won’t get much done. But if you are willing to share the credit with others, then you will end up getting a lot done.

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People want to be part of something larger than themselves. When they feel like they are contributing and seeing progress, then they are more likely to want to stay at it. But a leader who doesn’t see the team’s need to be recognized will lose their team very quickly.

Here are three things to implement a team culture by focusing on giving credit to others on the team.

A Leader’s Default Answer Must Be “No”

Leaders Should Not Say “Yes” Too Often

I have a relative whose job at one time was to find all the problems with all the big equipment the company was trying to design. In effect, he had to expose all the design flaws in what the designers were trying to build and show why it would not work. From an economic perspective, it was important for him to find why it wouldn’t work out before they would actually start building it. From a safety perspective, it was important for them not to create something that would end up malfunctioning. As a result of faithfully doing his job, he got tagged with the nickname of “Dr. No” because of his default answer.

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As a leader, you are tugged in different directions all the time. Some people want you to do one thing, and others want you to do something else. You are constantly being asked to do things that are outside the scope of your focus. And your default answer must be “no.”

It’s not easy saying “no.” But that’s why you’re the leader. It’s important for you to focus on where you know you need to go. You can’t do what others will suggest most of the time. That’s why you have to be prepared to say “no” most of the time.

There are three reasons why your default answer must be “no.”

The Good Life Hawaii HomepageDanny Yamashiro aired an interview with me this month on his radio program, The Good Life—the most listened to Christian radio talk show in Hawaii.

Danny asked me about my new book, Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew. He asked me about who would benefit from the book. He asked me about how it can be a business book and a Christian book at the same time. And he asked me why I wrote the book. It was a great interview, and I had a lot of fun.

Danny has a powerful story. I interviewed him a while back. Listen to his inspiring interview—How Do You Make Sense of Life When Tragedy Strikes?

I hope you enjoy Danny’s interview with me about my book!

Date: March 2, 2018
Appearance: Dear Boss Radio Interview on The Good Life Hawaii
Outlet: The Good Life Hawaii Radio Show
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Format: Radio

Improve Your People to Improve Your Workplace

Why It Makes Sense (and Dollars) to Help Your Team Improve

To improve your company, it’s important to focus on continuous improvement. That’s obvious, isn’t it? But how much do you focus on helping your people improve—and not just in how they do their job?

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If you help your people grow in one area of their lives, it will spill over into the other areas of their lives as well. They will reap the benefit, but you will too.

Here’s why it makes sense (and dollars) to make your team improve.

What’s better: Innovation or Productivity?

Why Innovation Beats Productivity Every Time

Do you think innovation or productivity is more important? Here’s a better way to ask that question: Would you rather work smarter or harder?

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Forcing a choice of innovation or productivity is a false choice. Innovation will lead to productivity. But certain factors need to be in place in order to have an innovative workplace.

Here’s why you should focus on innovation instead of productivity in your workplace.

How Does Diversity Play into Hiring the Right Team?

Three Things to Look for in Selecting Your Team

Assembling the right team is essential to having a thriving workplace. It is important to know what you need when hiring your key positions. Unless you are extremely self-aware, you might not know what you need to balance out your strengths. That’s why diversity is a key component of any human resources strategy.

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Diversity doesn’t just have to be limited to what people look like on the outside. While that is helpful to assembling a strong team, it’s important to go deeper than that. It’s essential to know how to hire based on what your team looks like on the inside.

Here are three things to think through when applying diversity to hiring your key team members.

The Three Parts of Business Leadership Integrity

The Three Disciplines Necessary to Cultivate a Healthy Business Culture

Integrity is important for your leadership. It is important for you to be the same person all the time, especially if you are running a business. The people in your charge are relying on you to display the kind of character that is necessary to produce a healthy business culture. That’s why it is imperative that you exhibit business leadership integrity.

Business Leadership Integrity and Healthy Business Culture

You can’t afford to be one kind of person at the workplace and one kind of person at home. That is not integrity. That is compartmentalization. And that will sabotage your business culture.

Here are three disciplines to implement to maintain business leadership integrity and develop a healthy business culture.

My New Book Made the CLA Top Ten New Books List!

The Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) has come out with their Winter 2017 issue of Outcomes Magazine, and my new book, Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew, made their Top Ten New Books List.

I will be speaking about my book Dear Boss at CLA’s Outcomes Conference in Dallas April 18 at their Chief HR Officer Forum. To register for the conference, click here.

How to Influence Others by Expressing Gratitude

Everyone wants to hear someone else thank them. But how often are you expressing gratitude to others?

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You might think it will sound forced or cheesy if you thank someone else, but you probably just feel awkward saying it. If someone else has genuinely thanked you, then you know how good that feels when someone thanks you. Since you want to hear it, learn how to overcome that awkwardness about expressing gratitude to the people around you.

Here are three guidelines for expressing gratitude.

My new book Dear Boss is #1 Amazon BestSeller!

Dear BossMy newly-released book, Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew, went to #1 on the Amazon BestSeller list in both Workplace Behavior and Christian Professional Growth categories.

Here’s what people said about Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew.

“Robert’s book will inspire and equip you to be a better leader that others will want to follow.” – Kim S.

“You will read it and then find yourself referring back to it again and again.” – Steve T.

Check out the reviews and download your copy at Amazon today.