I’ve heard before that you should focus on your strengths and ignore your weaknesses. I have to disagree! This is not the best advice and could cause problems. You shouldn’t focus on your weaknesses but don’t ignore them either. Be aware of what your weaknesses are and figure out how to offset them. Get help, build up your weak areas, or delegate tasks. Continue to focus on your strengths and conquer away! […]
The 2016 GE Global Innovation Barometer: Innovation Around the World
Marco Annuziata is the Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insights at General Electric. He is relatively new in the company, only having been there for 5 years in a newly created position. Marco is tasked with studying what is happening around the world and how it will affect employment, economies, and growth. He looks at the long term geopolitical, economic, social, and technological trends, then maps that to the risks and opportunities for GE’s different businesses around the world. […]
How To Figure Out Who The True Leaders Are In Your Organization
At a recent workshop for a large financial institution, a conversation was elicited about how to identify leaders within the organization. The employees were sitting around tables in various groups and no one really had an answer about who they felt the leaders were. So I gave them all paper and asked them to write down which members of their team and which senior members of the organization they would consider leaders. It should be someone whose behavior they want to emulate and team they’d like to be on. I noticed that the same names popped up over and over! So employees do recognize the leaders within their organizations, they just don’t publicly address it. […]
Should You Have To Work 40 Hours A Week?
Why are we so fixated on a 40 hour work week? Do we need to work that much? There is shift from focusing on the input that is required to the outputs that are created, and rightly so! We now have technology that allows us to work anywhere, at any time. Just because a manager doesn’t see an employee logging time doesn’t mean they aren’t earning their salary. Tracking hours is becoming an archaic idea in the world that we live in. Instead, organizations should focus on good quality and punctual work from employees that collaborate and communicate. […]
Five Signs You’re Working For A Truly Great Manager
The role of management has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Few people realize it, but the role of management was originally created to maintain the status quo and enforce rules and protocols. Managers were supposed to push employees and extract everything they could from them. Management never cared about engagement, empowerment, […]
Why Mindfulness is So Important in the Workplace Today
Joe Burton comes from a corporate background, working in high stress situations with long hours and constant travel. His career was on an uphill track but his personal life and health started to decline. He even developed insomnia and asthma around the age of 40. Up until then, he would have laughed if someone suggested mindfulness as a way to alleviate his stress. Joe realized that mindfulness training helped him be more present and aware. He developed a deeper relationship with his emotions and central nervous system. It changed the way he is with his family and as a leader. […]
What Is Employee Experience?
As we shift to the future of work where organizations are focusing on the reasons why employees WANT to work versus NEED to work, it is important to understand employee experience. A lot of organizations historically have focused only on one aspect of organizational change and that is culture. This is how employees feel when they are inside of an organization, the vibe that they get, the organizational structure, leadership style, compensation and benefits, etc. While culture is a part of the employee experience, it is only a third.
Can Giving Employees Too Many Perks At Work Be A Bad Thing?
I was speaking with a makeup artist recently and we had a conversation about companies like Facebook and Google that offer many extravagant perks to their employees. She mentioned that she thinks employees at places like this are just being conned into never wanting to leave the office and basically becoming a slave to their job. Some organizations offer perks like haircuts, dinner, free daycare, and even doggie daycare! So how do employees know if they are just being duped into working longer and harder? If any expectation is implied or stated with these perks, that is a dangerous thing! […]
How To Design Physical Spaces That Encourage Collaboration
The workplace of the past is gone… We are now talking about homing from work, not working from home. Tim Oldman uses his background in interior design and architecture, along with his fascination in merging diagnostic tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to get a better understanding of employee spaces. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Leesman, famous for the Leesman Index, which is an independent auditor of the relationship between employees and the space that is provided for them. Tim compares Leesman to the radiographers of the corporate workplace and that couldn’t be more appropriate! […]
Why Trying To Sustain Anything In Your Organization Actually Does More Harm Than Good
I often get questions from listeners and event attendees about how organizations can sustain certain things such as tenure, growth, revenue, and innovation. My answer to this question is always you can’t sustain these things, nor should you want to try. When I think of sustaining, I think of status quo versus movement and evolution. You can’t sustain these things when the workplace is changing so dramatically. Instead, you must adapt and evolve with the changes that we are starting to see. Your organization should move from maintaining the status quo to progressive thinking. […]