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“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”

Get your workforce engaged! (104)

In this fourth and final installment of our series on developing an “engaged” workforce, we’re going talk about the need for effective communication.  We touched on communication in the first installment of this series when we said, “Your values, mission, and vision need to be […] Continue Reading…

 
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Put the right people on the bus . . .

This is the third installment of a series on developing an “engaged” workforce . . . that is, a workforce that energetically supports your company and its goals.

In the first installment, we talked about the importance of clearly communicating the company’s mission, vision, values, and culture.  Essentially, those four […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Can’t lead from behind.”

Our previous posting was the first installment of this series on building an “engaged” workforce.  In that posting, we talked about vision, values, mission, and culture being foundational to a truly engaged workforce.  After all, we argued, employees need to know what the organization does, why it does what […] Continue Reading…

 
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Get your workforce engaged! (101)

In our last posting, we talked about the need for, and the benefits that flow from, an “engaged” workforce . . . that is, employees who are energized by their work and committed to supporting the company’s goals.  In that posting, intended to be an introduction to a series […] Continue Reading…

 
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Want an “entangled” workforce?

A lot has been written lately about companies developing an “engaged” workforce, meaning employees who are energized by their work and committed to helping the company achieve its goals.  In fact, I blogged about becoming a “winning workplace” a few months ago that touched on this subject.  In their […] Continue Reading…

 
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Don’t sell goods or services. Sell solutions.

It’s always been tough to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace, to give customers reasons they should do business with us instead of our competitors.  And now thanks to the internet, it’s gotten even tougher.  At one time, there was some mystery, some mystique about what we did and how […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Make no little plans.”

Sometime around the last holiday season, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a plan to home-deliver merchandise within 30 minutes of the order being placed . . . by a little helicopter drone.  That’s right.  He claims, when the system is ready some years in the future,  you’ll call Amazon, […] Continue Reading…

 
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Judge by results, not by effort or activities

It’s an easy trap to fall into.  We get seduced by a great work ethic.  “Look at Johnson over there . . . salt of the earth, I tell ya.  He’s in early, stays late, doesn’t complain, and you never find him goofing off.  I wish I had a […] Continue Reading…

 
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“I don’t care if people don’t like me as long as they respect me!”

Respect is a key element of leadership.  That is, it will be extremely difficult for a leader to lead without earning the respect of his or her followers.  Followers may do what the leader demands because they must in order to earn a paycheck, but their work will lack […] Continue Reading…

 
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“It’s best to be Attila the Hun every day rather than every other day.”

Consistency is a concept that gets a bad rap from time to time.  Playwrite and poet Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  Author Aldous Huxley was even more blunt when he said, “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.  The only completely […] Continue Reading…

 
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