Taking Action on Feedback from Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 25, 2019

Being a good leader doesn’t happen by luck. It happens because those individuals have a strong sense of self-awareness, and seek input and feedback from not just their boss and their peers, but even more importantly, their employees.

I always urge leaders to try this if it’s not part of the way they work, and they’re often surprised by how honest and considerate the feedback is that they get.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Feedback/Trust

Weekly Round-Up: How Google Motivates Employees, 25 Inspiring Fred Rogers Quotes, 4 Steps to Develop Diverse Teams, 1 Word for Leaders to be Likable, 3 Things That Test a Leader

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 22, 2019

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 

  • The Google Way of Motivating Employees
    By Cleverism (@EntreInsights)

    “This article will walk you through an 1) introduction to Google’s work culture, 2) employee motivation the Google way, 3) work still gets done, 4) benefits of Google’s way of employee motivation, 5) examples of Google products created by its employees within 20% of their 'free time'...”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

A Simple Employee Collaboration Tip You'll Flip Over

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 20, 2019

Have something you want to get your employees’ input on? Post a question on a flip chart in your department or office, provide Post-its, and watch the ideas grow. It’s an informal focus group of sorts, where employees will periodically revisit the question and ideas, leading to great collaboration in real time (and without meeting!). Working virtually? Create a shared online whiteboard. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement

The 9 Key Benefits of an Engaged Workforce

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 18, 2019

Even though improving employee engagement has been a common goal for many organizations for decades, employees aren’t feeling it. In fact, the lack of workforce engagement remains one of most persistent organizational challenges in business today. 

According to the most recent statistics from the Gallup Organization, only 13 percent of worldwide employees are engaged. In the U.S., under a third of all employees are engaged, a number that’s been relatively stagnant for many years. That’s a whole lot of employees who aren’t interested in making their organizations stronger and more valuable. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement

Weekly Round-Up: Ways Millennials are Improving Leadership, 10 Choices That Impact Success, Making Your Communication More Strategic, Power of Face-to-Face Comms, Managers Deserve Respect

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 15, 2019

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 

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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Let’s Bring Back Some Common Professional Courtesies and Manners

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Feb 12, 2019

In business today, it's practically impossible for leaders to go a day without talking about topics such as managing costs, being even better, innovating, getting business done, getting to world class, etc. 

What doesn't seem to be as frequently discussed is how important relationships are to these and other critical business outcomes. How is it that in many cases common courtesies have become a lost art? What about the value of being kind and caring in the workplace? Which, by the way, isn’t at odds in any way with delivering results.

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Tags: Communication Skills

A 4-Part Method for Better Leadership Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 11, 2019

Communication skills are critical to being an effective leader, but they are seldom the reason people are promoted to leadership positions. Even the most personable and engaging leaders can benefit from knowing more about how to strategically use communications to advance their ideas or align their people around a common goal and drive them to action on behalf of the business.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Weekly Round-Up: 6 Behaviors to Avoid as a Leader, What the CEO of Microsoft Pursues, How to Do Inclusion Right, Leading With an Open Mind, The Value of the Obvious

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 08, 2019

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 

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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Someone to Know: Q&A with FM Global Assistant Vice President, Public Relations Steve Zenofsky

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 06, 2019

Steve Zenofsky, Assistant Vice President, Public Relations for FM Global, is an incredibly thoughtful strategic communicator and definitely Someone to Know. An award-winning marketing communications professional with nearly three decades of experience in the corporate, healthcare, education and non-profit sectors, Steve shares wonderful insights on how all communicators can get more critical work done while being trusted strategic advisors to leadership. Steve leads public relations at a $5.7 billion revenue company, which operates in more than 130 countries. Among many other things, he discusses communication predictions for the years ahead, the importance of brand experience, and the need to continually enhance organizational competitiveness while thinking strategically each step of the way.

Q&A with Steve Zenofsky,
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
at FM Global

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Tags: Someone to Know Series

5 Tips to Engage Your Employees in Company Strategy

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 04, 2019

Ready to create, revise or revamp your company strategy? If you’re like many organizations today, that process starts and stops with a small group of executives working through mounds of data, then drawing on their own business instincts to draw up a plan. 

While that may seem like the fastest and smartest way to arrive on a strategy, I’ve seen that process fail many times in my work advising companies. In essence, the process ends far too soon, and is too limited in scope. Leaders end up paying lip service to proper alignment and communication of their strategy. They put all their resources into building their strategic plan in relative isolation, then drop off when it comes to investing in its future. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

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