Archives for December 2014

Anyone can complain – but anyone can innovate, too

Anyone can complain. And for the most part, they do. But anyone can innovate, too. Good managers strive to create the environment - and the opportunities - so that any employee in most any position can play the role of a problem-solving innovator. It's far more doable than you might think. Here are some thoughts on how to make that happen. Things don’t always happen for a (good) … [Read more...]

Resolve to engage your staff in 2015

If you want to give your career  and your employer (or your own business) a major boost in 2015, then you might resolve to engage your staff in 2015. It really can do wonders. Employee engagement at its simplest is the extent to which people feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and make their best discretionary efforts time after time. What’s not to like … [Read more...]

The Danes love their jobs! Why is that?

There is a reason why Denmark usually wins the honor of  "happiest country on the planet," says writer Alexander Kjerulf. Danes aren't just happy at home. They love their jobs, too! It a mostly different story in the U.S. A Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans feel emotionally disconnected from work and 70% said they were not reaching their full potential. Home life? We won’t even … [Read more...]

Respect: The leadership quality that rises above the rest

Is there one leadership quality that rises above the rest? A fascinating examination of that very question, done by the Harvard Business Review, answers with an unequivocal “yes!” Respect. Or, to quote a phrase, R-E-S-P-E-C-T. No other leadership quality had a bigger effect on employees than respect. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and … [Read more...]

Stop hiring stupid people — in one easy step

Hiring people may be the most important a manager does. Every new hire changes an organization. If the new employee is better than – or has the potential to be better than – half the people already doing this job, your organization just got better. Yet organizations repeatedly hire people who are in the bottom 50% of employees the minute they walk in the door. That brings everything … [Read more...]