people

Great Leaders Know When to Hit Pause and Engage

The vast majority of employees are disengaged from their work and you – not the CEO, the HR department, or someone else in the organization – are key to addressing the issue.

Don’t believe me?

Here are two findings from Gallup:

  • Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. This means that, “one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied — are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.”

Leadership Can Be Tough

How have we come to think that someone can become a great leader without being controversial or upsetting at times?

Leadership is a tough, often isolated role.

The leader must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some. Not every leader is up to this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.

Create a Culture of Contributors: Start Now

Waitress serving coffee from machine

Some time ago, I walked into a small, one of a kind, coffee shop. The place was clean and the coffee good, but what stuck with me was my conversation with the woman behind the counter.

As I approached the register, I was met with a pleasant smile and a kind, “Good morning, how may I help you today?” The handprinted name tag on her smock read “Helpful Helen”. As I watched her perform her duties, it became apparent to me that she was living up to her name…

A Quick Thought About People

Your people aren’t just warm bodies in a cubicle maze or interchangeable parts in a machine.

They are individuals, each with unique capabilities, hopes, dreams, and a wide-range of other characteristics that make up the human experience.

Your people want to be recognized as individuals. You should know what matters to each of your team members. You should understand what motivates each person.