In today’s world, we’re faced with a number of new challenges both in the workplace and at home – whether it’s our new working arrangements, impacts from COVID-19, looking inward as we shine a spotlight on societal issues, or something else – and our people need empathy.Read More
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Even though we’re only halfway through the year, we can expect 2020 to go down in history as a year of tremendous challenges and changes, a year that shook our way of life, our ways of working, our family, business and social relationships and our attitudes toward institutions like healthcare and law enforcement.
The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer – and the civil unrest that followed – will have lasting effects on people’s attitudes, feelings and mindsets as well as their values and beliefs.Read More
There’s no doubt we’re facing some of the biggest challenges of our time, as a nation, as people and as leaders.
As we all try to make sense of the unrest sweeping the nation, many employees started work this morning with yet another emotionally-charged, hugely complex topic on their minds, on top of the challenges many already face with the pandemic.
As I reflected on this post, talking about this crisis is one of the most difficult conversations for people in this country to have right now. As a white male, I feel ill-equipped in many ways; that said, I want to try and be part of the solution. As I considered this from the perspective of leaders and how they can help their people navigate these tumultuous times, I wanted to offer a few thoughts that I hope will help.Read More
It’s a question I often get from leaders: “Do I need to praise someone on my team for ‘just doing his or her job?’” My answer is always yes.
Failing to recognize employees for a job well done is a classic leader mistake that leads to disengagement.Jobs don’t inspire and motivate people; leaders do. And leaders can easily fall into a trap where they question the logic of praising someone for doing what’s expected of them. But recognition for a job well done is a top motivator for employees.
People Move the Business Forward
It’s incredibly hard to be leading a company today. Amid all the economic upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic, even the strongest among us are feeling powerless and anxious about the future. We are full of big questions. Will the business survive? If we weather this storm, what will the new normal be? How do I keep my employees safe today, much less engaged and focused? How about my own family and my own health?
While that sense of uncertainty is normal, it doesn’t have to rule the day. There are concrete actions all leaders can take to make this time a defining moment for their business, one that helps bring employees together in the best possible ways. Many companies have already begun to accomplish this. That’s inspiring to see. I’m also convinced that armed with some key strategies, all leaders can have a similar impact.Read More
There’s a common theme among many of the conversations I’ve been having with senior leaders about what employees want today – and that’s more social connection.
I’m not talking about more posts and tweets and texts, oh my! The desire is for real connectedness with another human being, which studies have shown can increase health and well-being.Read More
Despite the potential of Enterprise Social Media (ESM) to foster leader-to-employee dialogue and peer-to-peer collaboration, it’s important to remember that social media is not in itself a panacea for every challenge your company faces.
It’s true that ESM can enhance the way information flows inside your organization. But on their own, internal social media platforms can’t create dialogue and engagement out of thin air. At its best, ESM enriches a healthy communications landscape—a landscape that should feature strong leadercommunicators™, compelling storytelling, aligned and consistent messaging, and effective tools and measurement, among other attributes.Read More
Have you noticed and nurtured the “activists” within your office yet? If not, you may be missing one of the best and easiest ways to enhance your company’s reputation and your brand.
What is an "activist" employee?Read More
Increasingly, great leaders recognize that transformative leadership isn’t about telling people what to do. Instead, it’s about equipping and then empowering teams to make smart decisions together, respecting the collective brainpower of the group. Great leadership is never about dictating your own vision and way of doing things. Leaders with a “my way or the highway” mentality won’t connect with their teams.Read More
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Employees don’t want to follow leaders who they don’t really know and understand. You can’t get anywhere with your team if they don’t see you as a real person who’s not perfect but who has a real vision for the company.