155: Turn Your Team Into Gold with Steven Cardinale

If you’ve ever been part of a truly great team, it can feel like a bit of magic. It’s not easy for a group to find their rhythm and work seamlessly together. High performance, innovative ideas, and making an impact don’t happen by chance. But with the right approach and a bit of alchemy, your team can feel like gold.

Today’s guest is Steven Cardinale. Steven is a seasoned software entrepreneur and executive. He has more than 20 years of business and technology experience, including founding and running CID Management, a Healthcare Cost Control company that he grew to become one of the largest players in the space before his successful exit in 2015. Steven has consulted as a business management and technology strategist for organizations including Eli Lilly, Janus Funds, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is known for his unique perspective to leadership innovation and entrepreneurship.

We talk about the lessons from his book Synaptic Alchemy. What this concept is all about, how to know thyself, how to get everyone on your team to better understand themselves and each other, and his three step process for turning ideas into gold.

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Read the related blog article: How to Turn Your Team Into Gold


Book: Synaptic Alchemy: The Art & Science of Turning Ideas into Gold

Key Takeaways:

  • Synaptic alchemy in the physical world is about turning lead into gold. In the management world, it’s about turning groups of people and ideas into gold.
  • Help your team understand their internal strengths and how it affects the way they collaborate and operate in the workplace by taking personality tests as a group.
  • Make time for each person to share the insights about their preferences and personality so that you can understand and support each other.
  • To turn team ideas into gold, destroy an old rule and replace it with a new one.
  • Ask “what are we doing and why are we doing it?” to examine what isn’t working or what could be done differently and brainstorm new ways.
  • Create a safe space for your team to innovate by instilling questioning and taking risks as organizational values.
  • Generate team mottos or soundbites that can regularly be referenced and that reinforce this culture of questioning assumptions.

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