Jul 24th 2011
Build a culture of engagement...one person, one interaction at a time! That is the basis for the next book in my continuing series of book reviews.
Author and leadership consultant, Martha Finney reveals 49 proven leadership principles for getting the best from every employee, every team, and every organization.
She shows how to build a workforce that’s positive, committed, passionate...how to really motivate people, even on a tight budget...how to lead with authenticity, clarity, consistency, and inspiration. These skills offer powerful, quantifiable business value.
You can build and lead teams full of self-motivated, innovative contributors: people who love their jobs, believe in their mission, and perform with focus, enthusiasm, and creativity!
The book will help to reveal some key truths:
• The truth about building a self-driven workforce that’s positive, committed, and passionate.
• The truth about what really motivates people--and what doesn’t.
• The truth about leading with authenticity, clarity, consistency, and inspiration.
A few popular highlights:
• Five Human Truths - We need to be understood, feel special, and feel as though we belong, feel that we're in control, and know that we have the chance to reach our potential.
• Getting the best is about building a culture of trust, connection, growth, and service.
• Great people leaders don't have to be clever, complicated, politically astute, or even especially wise. But they do have to be kind, honest, focused, positive, and authentic.
• Engaged employees don't need discipline; they need clarity, communication, and consistency.
• People yearn for purpose—for doing something that's important, that engages their full potential in a way that's meaningful beyond their personal bank accounts.
• Motivation...is about making a positive difference in people's everyday lives.
• Engaged employees can smell stupid management tricks a mile away. And nothing will disengage them faster than the experience of being handled. They only need to be led with inspiration.
• Leading change is about aligning people's strengths so that their weaknesses become irrelevant.
• Engaged employees augment their skill sets with positive attitudes, focus, will, enthusiasm, creativity, and endurance. Engaged employees can be trusted, and they trust each other. Engaged employees respect their managers. Engaged employees know that their managers respect them. Engaged employees are a constant source of great new ideas. Engaged employees will give you their best.
• Does it mean that you have to show personal interest and concern in the well-being of each and every one of your employees as individuals? Yes—even on those days when you're so busy or preoccupied you'd rather do anything else.
The book really boils down to the importance of caring for and about employees…very simple to understand, but seldom done. If you contact me, I will send you a more complete set of book notes with all 49 Leadership Principles.