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Is Your Team Part of the 70%?

July 20, 2012 Comments off

Polls are everywhere, but one question, asked many different ways of employees, should challenge us as leaders to think differently.  On average, when asked if employees are excited about the work they do, 70% say no. The most recent was a Gallup Poll that said 71% of employees are not engaged in their job. That’s concerning, particularly in a recession.  Obviously, we need all the productivity we can get out of scarce resources, and that includes our team members.  Many business leaders have surmised that once things get better, they will have more passionate employees.  That is certainly one way to look at the situation, but I think passionate, engaged employees are a condition of company success, and not the other way around.  What do you think?

Four different levels of worker productivity. ...

Four different levels of worker productivity. Note that the population equals 248 and that the 64 workers produce 124 units of labor, instead of just 64. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Doing What You Should Do, Not What You Can Do

July 2, 2012 Comments off

We humans are amazing creatures, and also subject to repetitive habit.   Some of those habits are great, and some, well, aren’t really advancing you or your company.  Change is hard and doing what you are comfortable doing, every day, gives us at least a little sense of accomplishment.  And, as long as what your are comfortable doing, is what advances the company. Great.

Unfortunately, a lot of those activities aren’t advancing the company.  Analyze your day today, or better yet, have someone else observe your days activities.  List what you did and compare it to what you should be doing to keep customers, get more customers, advance your innovation.  It’s hard, but worthwhile work analyzing this and acting on the “should do’s” for doing the greater good for ourselves and our company.

Speaking of “shoulds” – Happy Independence Day!  Let’s not forget our leaders who took the chance to do what should be done to make our country great.

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