IBM recently released an executive report titled Making Change Work … While the Work Keeps Changing (How change architects lead and manage organizational change).
The report, which is based on data from their latest Making Change Work study seems a very pertinent one for the times.
As a whole, we know that this is a period of significant change for the workforce. We talk about these changes, and how they can and are affecting organizations, but there is significantly less talk around how organizations are successfully managing such change – which is exactly what IBM’s report dives into. Read more…
First of two parts
Here are some slogans I bet you’ve heard recently:
- We’re a talent economy now.
- Engaged employees are more productive.
- Workforce planning is key to business success.
Here’s one I bet you haven’t: Human Resources departments (the ones driving those first three slogans) are the new business engine. Read more…
Really successful people are successful because they get a lot of help, not because they are so good on their own that they don’t need help!
It’s important to think about how you work and learn. If you are not reaching out for extra knowledge and support, you will not achieve as much as those who do.
Successful people build their “extra team.”
What I mean by this is that they have people who are always at the ready to help them (people who don’t work for them) whenever they need it. Read more…
“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” – The Bloodhound Gang
At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word, of course).
Not because we’re having so much fun dancing around the water cooler, or in the break room, or the conference room, house music thumping in our heads, but because our workplace culture around has all but burned out our aspirational goals. Read more…
I can’t believe this guy. He did not show any concern as to why I was leaving. He is the CXX and he had three people leave within the past month, plus me. And with all of us, there was no exit interview or anything.
When I tried to steer the conversation to the office environment, he countered as if it was all our fault. Totally clueless.
After that conversation, I to concur that one of the hallmarks of a great leader is the ability to LISTEN. If your organization is suffering withdrawal and your turnover is inching up, you should be concerned. That is a basic. Read more…
Haven’t we talked about employee engagement enough?
Nope! Despite the amount of time, energy and effort that organizations around the globe are investing in helping engage people in work, things aren’t improving much.
Weekly pizza socials, guest speakers and telecommuting options are certainly appealing. I like pizza as much as the next guy. And, sure, a monetary bonus and summer hours will certainly put a smile on someone’s face.
But here’s the issue – none of these things will motivate your people day in and day out. These tactics don’t drive people’s discretionary efforts, passion or dedication. Read more…
By Jennifer B. Sandberg
Domestic violence is wrong.
So are many other actions such as driving while intoxicated, check fraud, soliciting for sex, speeding, public drunkenness, abuse of prescription drugs, sex with a minor, vandalism, tax evasion, bigamy, etc.
Of course, we have laws against such actions in order to maintain the type of society that we deem to be acceptable and those criminal laws regulate the interactions among the members of society.
Enforcement of our laws requires that the applicable criminal justice system “prove” that wrongful conduct occurred before an individual is punished. The level of proof required is high as the punishment can result in jail or serious limitations on personal freedom. Read more…
“Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.” — Jim Halpert, character on the TV series The Office.
Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink.
Some people forget that work is just a part of life — you’re not supposed to live to work — and they become consumed by it. Read more…
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Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”
This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.
Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…
I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.
Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:
- The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…