“Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives us meaning and purpose in life.”
– Brene Brown
“…in the future, people who are not coaches will not be promoted. Managers who are coaches will be the norm.”
– Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric
Just as the holidays’ flurry of activities traditions are built around stories families tell themselves about their family culture, the flurry of activities in your office is built around stories you tell yourself about your office’s culture. The stories are ones that support the success of your mission and vision.
Going back to the holidays, no one describes their mission and vision for the holidays is to make Santa Claus the harbinger of family love. Usually, […]
“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
– Woodrow Wilson
Employee engagement strategies seem to be a magic mix of secret ingredients which will entice your employees to perform at their best individual potential. As no great surprise, employee engagement affects an employee’s commitment to the organization and the business’s bottom line.
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman in the September 2013 on-line issue of Harvard Business Report summarized their study of how leaders’ supervisory behavior affects employee engagement’s effect on productivity. Their survey was a world-wide analysis of direct reports, colleagues and bosses response to leaders in terms of commitment and productivity to 30,661 company leaders. Zenger and Folkman found that people working for or with bad leaders were more unhappy and less committed than 75% of the group; whereas, people working for identified excellent leaders were more committed than 80% of other respondents. Not surprising. […]
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Nothing much has changed in how we relate to one another over the last 2000 years. We advanced throughout history in a simple manner, calculating everything according to our own personal benefit. Things were quite straightforward with our relations being based on simple contracts of give and take.
All that is changing now because we have entered a stage where we are no longer connected by these simple egoistic calculations at all levels of society. Even leading economists say that what is happening today is completely off the charts. This is no longer just about the economy but is rather impacting all areas of our life including the family. A family is also based on a contract, established as a sort of business between two partners and is actually the most important contract in our lives. However due to the challenging nature of relations between all humans at the moment we can no longer maintain marriages. The same goes for other systems we depend on: educational and cultural institutions, and the workplace. […]
Agility means moving quickly with grace. Sportscasters comment on the agility of athletes at the top of their game. But, how many commentators talk about agile businesses which are at the top of their game. When you look at the fact that the life expectancy of companies in the Fortune 500 is less than 15 years (vs. 75 in 1937 and 40 on 1970), it seems that a business’ agility quickly wears off. According to Steve Denning, author of A Leaders Guide to Radical Management, companies lose their agility because of the management structure. These structures become cumbersome, slowing down companies’ ability to respond quickly to the fast-paced changing game around them.
It is not new knowledge that the world is rapidly changing. The impetuses for the changes are more often than not people who are outside of the structure they affect. Denning believes that the marketplace has shifted from the seller to the buyer. And, in today’s world, when a buyers’ loyalty is shifting sand, businesses need a new way to predict customers’ choices and respond quickly. In other words, companies need agility. […]