Tag Archives: engagement

Informed or In the Dark?

Communication is often pointed to as the one area of organizational functioning that, if improved, will dramatically elevate trust levels and overall performance.  Why is this? Fundamentally, it is about respect and discretionary effort.  Most employees are eager to do … Continue reading

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Social Intelligence Matters

Social Intelligence (SI) is a term that scientists have been using a lot recently.  It refers to the parts of our intelligence that help humans relate to other people.  Several kinds of abilities are lumped together as being part of … Continue reading

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Getting a Grip

You want results, and you are not getting them.  You try everything…but you just end up dragging people “kicking and screaming” to do the things you think they should be doing.  They resist, and roadblocks surface where you least expect … Continue reading

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Civility is More than Good Manners

Defining Civility It may be easier to define civility by first considering what incivility looks like, since it is these behaviors that are obvious and problematic.  Generally, incivility consists of  personal attacks, rudeness, disrespectful comments, and aggressive behaviors that disrupt work … Continue reading

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2011 Favourite posts

Two posts for 2011 were tracking closely for the top spot.  In first place was  As Welcome as the Flowers in Spring, which describes a positive and respectful workplace experience with images of spring and fall flowers.  This became the most viewed. A … Continue reading

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Fast Forward to Safety

My most viewed post in recent weeks has been the Career Safety Net.  This no doubt reflects feelings of insecurity in an uncertain economic climate which, at the same time, is quickly fueling a shift in labour market behaviour. This … Continue reading

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Engagement and Wellness

Employee engagement and wellness tend to go together, resulting in higher states of involvement and productivity.   A work environment that fosters employee development and relationship building is a key contributor to higher levels of productivity.  This is especially evident when an … Continue reading

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Reciprocity

Leaders spend their time navigating and negotiating the corporate cascade of performance targets along with the employee need for involvement, motivation and engagement.  At the same time, employees’ precious resources,  skills, discretionary effort, and network of relationships are more critical  … Continue reading

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Career safety net

When an employee climbs the career ladder, the rungs below may be burning, particularly if the employee struggles and his reputation suffers.   In FIRST, Break All the Rules, authors Buckingham and Coffman describe the conventional career path as especially unforgiving, discouraging everyone from … Continue reading

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First Desk – The Hub for Volvo Founders

A visit in June to the Volvo Museum in Göteborg, Sweden,  proved to be very inspiring.   On display is a “magnificent” desk, the original desk of the founders,  Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson.     The desk was the hub of all … Continue reading

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