Articles tagged 'Management'

HR News & Trends, Leadership

New Survey Shows That the Leadership Gap Is Wider Than Ever

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OMGoodness! A recent survey by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, found that 34 percent of executives say “a lack of adequate leadership is among the major impediments to achieving workforce goals.”

Another 42 percent say company growth plans are “slowed by lack of access to the right leadership.”

Well, none of this surprises me. (I’ll bet you aren’t surprised, either.) The past few years have been particularly hard on leaders, with most everyone agreeing we’re practically in a leadership drought. Read more…

Talent Management

The Magnificent Seven Ways Executives Can Improve Engagement

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Research on the ROI of employee engagement has proven time and again that organizations that create an engaging environment perform better than their competitors.

Results show that engaged companies:

  • Experience a 19.2 percent growth in operating income (over a 12-month period);
  • Grow profits as much as three times more than their competitors; Read more…
Culture, HR Insights

You Can Frequently Boost Productivity by Simply Saying “No”

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Not just no, but HELL no.” — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s response when asked to surrender.

In a corporate environment where a can-do, go-team attitude is important for both personal and team success, it can seem like you must say “yes” to every task thrust your way.

Sometimes, in fact, it seems impossible to say “no.” Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Want to Better Your Business? Take a Few Lessons From Baseball

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Although characteristics found in almost any sport can be compared to business (great coaching, teamwork, cooperation, refuse-to-lose attitude, etc), business is most like baseball.

As we watch the San Francisco Giants battle it out with the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 World Series title, we are reminded that winning in baseball and succeeding in business requires talent, a good manager, great coaches, and leadership.

In baseball, the teams that generally make it to the playoffs are those that combine the best managers, coaching and player talent, opportunities, and front office leadership. In business, similar combinations result in success. Any one or even two of the aforementioned elements is not enough.

It’s the combination of all of them that spells success. Read more…

Talent Management

Are Your Employee Engagement Efforts Getting Outdated?

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Leaders who step back and consider their employee engagement and outreach efforts for a moment may realize that they have lost the thread.

If employees are looking for new roles or considering leaving — and today, many are doing just that  – calling them “engaged” seems foolhardy. Instead of pouring more resources into the assessment metrics that are already in place, it could be better to simply change strategies at a base level.

It’s not too late to switch tactics, and every moment that a business pushes forward with a system that is failing to reach the modern workforce, the danger of losing those employees becomes more immediate. Read more…

Classic TLNT

3 Keys to Being a Good Boss – It’s About Presence, Praise & Promise

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Today’s post is inspired by this one on small gestures made by good bosses, especially those at the most senior level.

It’s also inspired by a sneak-peek I got at the results of our latest Workforce Mood Tracker survey, which showed employees would rather have a better boss than more money in their paycheck.

That caused me to think about the characteristics of a better boss. While there are many, these three seem to rise to the top continually: Read more…

Culture, Leadership

How Can Bad Leadership Produce Good Results?

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A few months ago, I stopped freelancing and dove head first into a regular, full-time position with benefits. I was happy about the offer and looked forward to being part of a team, gaining additional HR experience, and earning a more steady income.

Now, as I leave the worst job I’ve ever had, reporting to (in my humble opinion) the most odious human being I’ve ever laid eyes on, I’m powerfully reminded once again about the importance of good and ethical leadership.

My friend (let’s call her Shirley) and I have been debating this issue for a while now. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

How to Handle a Miscommunicating Manager – Even If It’s You

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Communication. It’s the key to any successful relationship, whether personal or professional.

Our communication style – how we communicate – has an impact on our success.

The ability to clearly communicate expectations and flex your communication style so that you are understood by others is a skill, and one which many don’t (or choose not to) possess. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How to Tell If One of Your Employees Is Interviewing For Another Job

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A few weeks back, HR master Kris Dunn, fellow TLNT blogger Laurie Ruettimann and I did a series for SumTotal called HR Hangouts.

The concept was to get on a Google Hangout for 20 minutes and just talk about real HR things — basically, water cooler conversations for the modern world.

It was quick and easy. You can see the actual video below (it’s about 20 minutes, if you have the time). Read more…

Culture

Why Transparency Matters — Both For You and Your Company

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Even the oldest trees aren’t ashamed to stand naked.” — Marty Rubin, American author

How transparent is your organization? Does every person in every department have a working knowledge of the organization’s goals, mission and vision, and core values?

Perhaps your organization even practices a more radical transparency, where any employee can check the monthly numbers, read board meeting minutes, and review proposed policy changes. Some companies also provide access to their capital structure and strategy, stress collaborative decision-making — and even make everyone’s salary a matter of public record. Read more…