3 things leaders need to make their boldest initiatives turn out successfully

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3 things leaders need to make their boldest initiatives turn out successfully

Amazon founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, recently undertook an ambitious project to provide better health care for employees, writes Justin Bariso for Inc. Magazine.

The American health care system is notoriously difficult and complex, but Bezos says success only requires three things: talent, a learner’s mindset, and a long-term outlook.

Bariso, who was named one of LinkedIn’s top management voices in 2016, argues that Bezos’ simple words offer a foolproof formula for success. He explains how Bezos’ formula lays down the groundwork to tackle any challenge.

1: Assemble a team of top performers

The stakes are high for hiring high-potential employees. Talented new hires are not only faster and less costly to onboard, but research has found that star employees are also more productive and less stressed out than their peers.

But staffing a team with industry experts isn’t enough to reach your goals—you need to ensure that your star employees can work together, writes Bariso. Emotional intelligence is key to a productive team, he adds. Strong interpersonal skills will help your team handle pressure, build cooperative working relationships, and drive the institution towards success, according to a 2017 article in Harvard Business Review.

2: Adopt a growth mindset

High-performing teams are eager to learn new things and experiment, writes Bariso. If your team isn’t focused on growth, they may get stuck in outdated constraints, he adds. Leaders can foster risk-taking and innovation by listening to employees’ ideas and making them feel that their suggestions are valuable, recommends Marti Wolf, chief culture officer at MailChimp.

3: Play the long game

Rome wasn’t built in a day—and your challenges won’t be solved in a day, either, writes Bariso. Building your resilience, however, can help you stay motivated to cross that finish line. One way to improve your resilience is to reflect on ways that you’ve already been resilient in the past, says Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist.

(Bariso, Inc. Magazine, 2/15/18; Business Wire release, 2/15/18; Fridman, Inc. Magazine, 10/2/17)

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