As a leader who values innovation and collaboration, how do you foster an organizational culture that promotes transparency and allows team members to see beyond the silos?

How do you remove the isolation that causes your organization to be less efficient, proactive, and innovative than it could be?

There are two obstacles to innovation and collaboration that leaders must work to overcome:

1. No clear communication about the strategy and goals of your organization. This obstacle prevents team members from contributing beyond the confines of their assigned roles.

To overcome this obstacle, communicate often with your teams. Clearly define your strategy and goals, and share the vision and direction of your organization.

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2. Closed-Door syndrome. If the culture of your organization is one in which leaders are not accessible or approachable, team members will feel stifled.

To overcome this obstacle, develop an open culture. To do this, you must actively seek input from everyone. The voice of each team member must matter. Encourage contribution from all levels of the organization.

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And yes, walk around often.


As the CEO & Founder of East Tenth Group, Michelle leverages 25 years of business and experience as a strategic advisor and executive coach to help drive actionable people solutions and provide practical insights on business strategy to senior leaders. she and her team and are fiercely committed to the development and growth of people and companies because we believe that when people thrive, business thrives.

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