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The factory was always my touchstone, my home ground, the place where I was energized and renewed. It might have been a sugar factory, a corn mill, or a cookie factory in Romania- it didn’t matter. It always represented the values which returned me to my roots and that which I loved most.
Over my career I often had to reorganize or assemble management when taking on a new assignment. I was recently asked what attributes I looked for as I built those teams. A successful team obviously needs the right skills to succeed. But beyond that, a team must have the common values and chemistry to allow them to function at the highest level. As I reflected on the question, I concluded my list was instinctive as I developed my skills and style along the way. I did not have a prepared checklist to mark the appropriate boxes, especially when dealing with urgent situations that needed new leadership. Nevertheless, every leader should consider his/her list of “must have” attributes. Others’ lists may well differ from mine, but, on reflection, the most important attributes that came to mind are
- COMMON FOCUS
These are very personal preferences based on my experiences and management style. To explain a bit more –