The Most Effective Method For Engaging Employees? Simply Ask Questions

Brian Grazer (2015), the movie producer of such blockbusters as Apollo 13, Splash, 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind and Friday Night Lights, popularized the notion of being curious and asking questions in his best seller A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.  Grazer makes the case that asking questions allows us to understandContinue reading “The Most Effective Method For Engaging Employees? Simply Ask Questions”

What True Employee Engagement Looks and Sounds Like

As leaders we seek to create a calm work environment which is programmed.  All of our actions should be by design based on logic as opposed to spontaneous actions based on emotion.  We have been led to think that employees work together best in quiet, rationale and controlled spaces. However, the reality we experience isContinue reading “What True Employee Engagement Looks and Sounds Like”

How To Obtain True Employee Engagement

We agree that engaging our employees is one of the keys to organizational success.  In fact, most organizational improvement, at some point, involves actively involving our teams of  employees.  We have been told countless times that this is the ‘secret sauce’ for improving our products, processes and culture. The key question is: How do weContinue reading “How To Obtain True Employee Engagement”

Aligning Reward Systems For Improved Organizational Performance

Part 4 of a 4 part blog series discussing employee motivational challenges. Select and align rewards so that all parties are motivated to work toward the objective at hand. People will not actively work against their own interests. The idea of that is irrational. As a result, we have a much better chance of succeedingContinue reading “Aligning Reward Systems For Improved Organizational Performance”

Gaining Employee Buy-In for Improved Organizational Performance

Part 2 of a 4 part blog series discussing the importance of addressing employee motivation for improved organizational performance. This is about establishing a business case for change. Your employees need to understand the importance of the effort at hand in order to buy in. We must craft the focus, direction, and integrated operational driveContinue reading “Gaining Employee Buy-In for Improved Organizational Performance”

Improved Organizational Performance through Employee Motivation (Not Skill vs Will!)

Part 1 of a 4 part blog series discussing employee motivational challenges. This is an important topic in our organizational transformation work related to Strategy to Execution. If I had a dollar for every time someone suggests training as the solution for an HR issue, I would be a rich man. However, there is aContinue reading “Improved Organizational Performance through Employee Motivation (Not Skill vs Will!)”

Organizational Change Management is All About People Readiness

Professionals have described the term “Change Management” as being vague and confusing.  I have even had clients refer to the term as “completely baffling” since it does not specify whom, nor what we are trying to change, let alone manage. I find that throwing in the descriptive term “People Readiness” to be helpful since itContinue reading “Organizational Change Management is All About People Readiness”

A Formula for Organizational Performance So Simple That It Is Ignored

The Obama Administration is promoting legislation that would help many students go to community college for free.  This is an effort to once again kick-start education as a driver of economic growth. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/nyregion/raising-ambitions-the-challenge-in-teaching-at-community-colleges.html?_r=0 As a former community college administrator and instructor, my burning questions are ‘Why community colleges?’ and “If they have figured out theContinue reading “A Formula for Organizational Performance So Simple That It Is Ignored”

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