As I have reflected on the experiences I’ve had as part of teams, the most striking thing to me is how often the same mistakes are made — over and over again. It’s as if no one has ever bothered to learn from those who have gone before.
But the bookstores are filled with self-help books on management, some written by celebrity CEO’s who presumably know quite a bit about how to build and manage great teams. What’s the problem here?
The problem is that the information in the sea of self-help management books is inaccessible.
- Some of it is nothing more than stroking the ego of the celebrity CEO-cum-author, boasting about remarkable accomplishments that more often have to do with situational fortune than skill.
- Much of it is entirely inapplicable – so I’m NOT running a Fortune 500 company with all the resources on the planet at my disposal, exactly how do I apply this to my situation?
- A lot it is simply impenetrable: waist-deep in buzzwords, organizational theories, and fancy graphics suitable only for framing.
- And the rest is almost cult-like, requiring you to buy into their whole range of cute terms and techniques to see any value whatsoever.
After reading dozens of these books, I found myself wondering: where is the meat? Where’s the bite-sized, well-indexed, resource filled with the answers to all my questions?
Well it didn’t exist, until now… That’s why I created CLWill.com and the Scale Your Organization theme.
My goal in creating this site was to fill it with all the answers to the many questions managers have about building and managing teams. The target is for it to be well indexed, easily searchable, and most of all bite-sized. I don’t want to have to read (or buy into) a 300-page tome just to help me answer a simple little question. And I don t want to spend hours looking for the answer. My guess is, neither do you.
So here it is, a resource for managers who are trying to build and manage world-class teams. I hope you find it useful, and I welcome your feedback on how well I’ve accomplished my goal.