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Your Team Can Smell a Rat

Your Team Can Smell a Rat | Change Leadership Watch |

"Let’s call him Frank.He seemed so sincere, so talented, so driven. When I met him on a business trip—my former CEO and I—I liked him right away. ...Seemed like a great fit."

The CEO and I didn’t listen to our subject matter experts. We thought we knew better.

Frank was a disaster. He one of the most self-absorbed and devious people I’ve ever worked with. Because of the benevolent nature of our organization I was working for at the time, it took us years to untangle the mess we had gotten into, and by then he’d done serious damage to our team’s reputation—not to mention motivation and productivity.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

One of the author's more recent book is, All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results,  It features solid research and good examples of the impact of culture on success, so he knows from this single example of "the rat" to company wide culture change on what makes a difference.  

From one reviewer:   In a healthy culture....those who share it are nourished by mutual respect and trust. It is no coincidence that most of the companies that are annually ranked [as] most admired and best to work for are also annually ranked among those that are most profitable and have the greatest cap value in their respective industries.    ~  D

John Michel's curator insight, September 24, 2013 12:50 PM

A great lesson in hoy leaders would listen to their team before making  key hires.

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The 9 Types of Collaborators [Infographic]

The 9 Types of Collaborators [Infographic] | Change Leadership Watch |

One size does not fit all. User adoption is no exception.


This infographic provides some perspectives on engagement and how commitment may develop.  Useful as a thinking piece to examine your approach to change leadership.

Via Jonha Richman
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, November 18, 2011 7:26 AM
Thanks to maxOz for this excellent infographic and added maxOz to I'm thankful for
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How I Hire: Focus On Personality ~ Sir Richard Branson

How I Hire: Focus On Personality ~ Sir Richard Branson | Change Leadership Watch |

There is nothing more important for a business than hiring the right team. If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success."


Personality is the key. It is not something that always comes out in interview – people can be shy.....It is easier with an extrovert, but be wary of people becoming overexcited in the pressure of interviews.


Find people with transferable skills – you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs. 


You can learn most jobs extremely quickly once you are thrown in the deep end. Within three months you can usually know the ins and outs of a role. If you are satisfied with the personality, then look at experience and expertise.

Find people with transferable skills – you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs. While specialists are sometimes necessary, versatility should not be underestimated.

Related posts by Deb:

3 Success Factors for High Performance Teams, and What Gets In the Way


Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change


Using Jung to Clarify the Power of Introversion and Extroversion in Coaching


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes!  Starting with personality, then transferable skills and fit into culture (read, the BIG team) makes such a difference, yet does not fit our hiring patterns that are often about fitting into a template of past skill categories.   

Sir Richard Branson's piece also highly resonantes with his LinkedIn audience based on the commentary.   He moves credentials MUCH further down on the list.

This is from a successful entrepreneur who knows failure.  He did not succeed in his first two businesses, selling Christmas Trees and parakeets (really.) From there he rose from work at a record shop, to Virgin Records in the 1970s to a large network of businesses including Virgin Galactic in 2012.

"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts." ~ Richard Branson

~  Deb 

PS:  One of the comments, "Can I work for you?"  :-)

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:03 AM

Originally posted in Change  Leadership Watch, this post gives great pointers on what really matters when YOU decide where you best fit and can contribute.  ~  D