We're in the final few weeks of the year, moving into the start of a new decade. Like us, you may be wondering what changes are headed our way that will impact the work we do. And the bigger question is... are we set up to be ready for them?
As a manager, it's your job to foster a working environment where everyone is inspired to be and do their best. That’s our primary mission at Einblau & Associates – helping leaders build business cultures that stimulate employee engagement and commitment. Still, the concept of “inspiring workplace” is a pretty subjective phrase. Everyone has a different point of view.
It is imperative to focus on attracting, selecting and training quality people. You need to make the best decision at the time it counts the most – NOW – because this investment will stay with you for years. You need to select the person who has the right skills mix to fit the position and the right person to fit your organization.
Whether the cause of a resignation is the search for stability or the promise of a better opportunity, the effect is just as devastating: a highly talented individual departs and an operational void emerges.
The phrase “open, honest communication” is rapidly entering the realm of platitude, and that’s unfortunate. Just at the time we need more of it, people are using the words in a way that generates confusion, rather than clarity.
In conflict, communication wears two faces. It may be simultaneously the genesis of discord as well as the key to peaceful resolution; it may lead to time-wasting arguments or creative diversions. When we inadvertently – or stubbornly – misinterpret another’s words and attribute unworthy motivations to them, poor communication skills are at work.
Corporate leaders are guardians of company energy. They have the power to awaken creativity or suppress it, stimulate effort or dampen it, start production or stop it. Smart leaders understand this power and attempt to use it strategically.