Weekly Read Week #7

You need a team that's dedicated more to the goal then they are dedicated to their own personal ambitions. The team has to realize that everyone’s success is interconnected and with smaller teams that is easier to police from within the team itself.

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Dean McKinney
Weekly Read Chapter 4

However, when a system or model is never tested beyond its typical limits, there is zero insight into what will happen once it comes under unusual or high demand. This was the Achilles heel during Katrina, failure to see and plan for the “bigger” picture.

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Weekly Read Chapter 5

These are all examples of decisions that could have to be made in the heat of the moment. Decisions that can affect business on a micro and possibly a macro level. As the leader, your ability to plan for what exists unseen over the horizon is a key component to creating a competent team that can address emergencies in real time. It is a key component in helping your team establish a confidence level that will allow them to perform at a consistently higher level during times of confusion and chaos because they are prepared and ready to handle the difficult tasks.

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Weekly Read Chapter 6

And recognition is all that most people want. They want to be acknowledged for their dedication and contributions, it's not necessary for them to become the face of the company. They simply want their work to be recognized with the same level of enthusiasm as the company’s “shining stars”.

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Dean McKinney
Weekly Read Chapter 2

These types of solutions tend to be focused more towards short term returns instead of long term problem solving.  “Front line managers are squeezed,” says Susan Lambert, a University of Chicago researcher who studies low-wage workers.

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Dean McKinney