Leaders do many things right and embody many high character qualities. But one habit may stand above all others as the quality that drives success: Asking questions – lots and lots of questions. How does this help, you might ask? Doesn’t it just make you look ignorant to the challenges of the 21st century business?
It’s not just asking questions that does it. “Where’s the water fountain?” doesn’t inspire or improve anyone. But, carefully considered questions delivered at the right time and with the right tone can make a huge difference. It can build confidence, encourage creativity that leads to innovation, uncover incorrect assumptions, or have any number of other positive outcomes. Today’s team members don’t want to be told what to do or how to solve a problem. However, when a solution eludes them and they need a nudge, it is the perfect time to ask a question – putting the focus on them – and allow them to succeed on their own terms. This is the heart of guidance. Providing readily canned answers only creates dependence. Prodding the discussion with well timed, engaging questions creates independence, improves confidence, and ultimately lays the foundation for success.
To read more about this topic, check out the article by Nadia Goodman at the following web address:
Anti-Flutter Adhesives are an integral part of the manufacturing of any modern era vehicle. These products reduce noise and vibration, improving the quality and ride of the vehicle. Uniseal has long been a supplier of these products to the Automotive body shops. In a recent article published by the Adhesive and Sealants Council (ASC), Anti-Flutter products are in the spotlight. The article does a good job explaining the products, their application, and performance improvement. Check it out!
If you would like more information about Anti-Flutter Adhesives, visit the Anti-Flutter Materials page at: http://www.uniseal.com/anti-flutter-materials/. You can check out the information and view an informative video that shows how the products are used and how they get applied to the vehicle.
We often hear the phrase, “Think outside the box.” It’s overused, misquoted, and often used completely out of context. However, it remains as common as any management idiom of this century. When someone uses “the box” phrase, they are attempting to encourage a person or group to approach a question or problem from a new perspective. Often, this effort is unnatural and can be difficult. For some fun practice, follow the link to a great Forbes article with some excellent “outside the box” brainteasers. They’re fun and enlightening at the same time. If we could always view problems with the same zeal as brainteasers, there would be nothing we couldn’t solve!
The Adhesives and Sealants Council posted a follow up to their initial article about Hem Flange Bonding. It has more great information about the bonding of doors, hoods, trunks and other parts of your car you didn’t even know existed! Check it out: http://www.adhesives.org/resources/knowledge-center/aggregate-single/hem-flange-bonding-part-2
Hem flange bonding is an important part of the construction of a vehicle, providing safety and preventing corrosion and other longevity issues. The Adhesives & Sealants Council has begun a very informative series on Hem Flange bonding on its website. It can be viewed at: http://www.adhesives.org/resources/knowledge-center/aggregate-single/hem-flange-bonding-part-1.
We would highly recommend following this series if you are interested in this unique and powerful application. Then, head over to our Products page for more information on Uniseal hem flange products. Uniseal Hem Flange adhesives are at the forefront in industry innovation for this application and can provide outstanding benefits in the body shop.
One of the most common questions in regards to Leadership talent is whether great leaders are born with some unique ability or traits, or if they can in fact be developed. The jury is still out on the answer, and may be for quite some time. That doesn’t make the question any less interesting or significant. By and large, scholars agree that there has been a large scale depletion of leadership skills and individuals in the business world over the last generations of the workforce. For businesses, that creates a fundamental problem – Where will the next generation of leadership come from?
Regardless of whether great leaders are born or made, leadership skills can and should be honed to improve leadership abilities. The attached link is a great article from David R. Butcher on developing those leadership traits. It was originally posted on ThomasNet.com on September 18, 2012.
So, what do you think? Are great leaders born, or can they be made? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
Mid America Trucking Show Draws Innovation and a crowd. Read about the innovations at the Mid America Truck Show. Taken from Trailer Bodybuilders Magazine and webpage. http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/chassis/trucks_midamerica_trucking_show_0531/index.html
Composite Challenges: Innovative Solutions for Bonding Composite Structures. Taken from Adhesive & Sealants Industry Magazine. Written by Brandon Willis, Director of Marketing and Business Development and Dr. Thanikaivelan Veeraraghavan. http://www.uniseal.com/Uniseal_ASI_article.pdf