I hear it all too often from the old guard who are retiring: "I'm worn out," or "I'm too old for all of these techy changes," or "Developing the next set of partners for our firm is just too time consuming."
Are you working in an organization where managers help employees develop goals to be more productive? Do employees at your workplace believe that company-developed goals help them become more productive?
Recently I was asked by a reporter to comment on some research studies concluding that Gen Y/Millennials (people approximately 31 and younger now) are much less empathetic to others than the generations coming before them.
Whether you’re trying to motivate a team, negotiate a contract, make a sale, ask for a raise, land a new job, or terminate an employee, the conversations you have will either help you succeed or undermine your goals.
It’s likely that your employees spend a sizeable percentage of their time using social media. As work/life balance continues to blend into one homogenous string of activities, social media activity is happening in your workplace whether you realize it or not.
What would Bill Clinton do if his cell phone rang while he was locked in a conversation with you? Would he check to see if it was Chelsea? Hillary? ("Sorry, she's boarding a plane to the Middle East and I need to catch her.")
Research studies from the Ethics Resource Center examine how a strong ethical culture and effective tone at the top permeate through all levels of an organization, while a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners emphasizes the importance of an anonymous hotline for the reporting of misdeeds.
Are you appreciated by company managers? Do you have the opportunity to do your best work? Are you clear about what is expected of you at work? Does your manager provide employees focus? People at work who are fully engaged can answer these questions with a clear yes and sense of gratitude.
You probably have hundreds of things that needed to be done yesterday. These items might be listed on your current to-do list, inside an e-mail in your inbox, or scrunched up in the back of your brain. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.
The other day, I was re-reading an article by David Berlo. I was amazed at how current his insights were considering he wrote it in 1976. One of Berlo’s key themes appears on the first page like the caution on a pack of cigarettes. “WARNING: Consumption of uncontrolled information is injurious to your health.”
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