Since well before the start of the Industrial Age, companies have existed by a command and control leadership culture model and hunkered themselves down behind corporate walls of silence. It worked well, in many peoples minds, until we entered the Internet Age. Since then there have been a number of movements that have affected that structure and they are actually starting to change those antiquated processes and rules. Now, some will say this is a disruptive change that is not a good movement however this author believes it is the next evolution of the global business world. We are going to look at five of those movements so you can see how well you have adapted your company or not!
As we progress through this period we must realize that many companies have a major disconnect between their brand, business, marketing and contemporary culture. These companies must learn how to use the re-connection as a lever to increase their brand, business and marketing. Our companies are no longer islands unto themselves, able to drive demand of customers and command employees without respect and a global passion for doing the right thing at the right time with the right people. Continue reading “5 Culture Movements That Are Permeating Your Company”
Have you ever thought the world was there only to make you fail? Do you think that If you didn’t have bad luck you wouldn’t have any luck at all? This is an example of stinking thinkin’!
In reality, you make your own luck, your own failures and successes with your choices. Yes, we can blame others but we are responsible for how we handle the external impacts of outside services, products or people.
If you are one of the positive ones who think everything happens for a reason! ?
Excellent, good for you! You are correct! Well, sort of…
Today, let’s examine how you handle actions in the workplace.
Are you reactive to the events occurring within your environment and around you or do you take initiative to prepare for, participate in and/or control the events?
Do you intentionally take an active or passive role? Do you think in terms of the present or do you look to the future, anticipating outcomes and preparing for the consequences?
Are you a procrastinator in terms of making make a decision? Do you only make decisions when you have to, when you’re backed into a corner or when you’ve put it off for as long as you can? Or do you make conscious, intentional decisions as part of a larger, long-term plan?
How you answered these questions can have a profound effect on your career and company. I find that to be successful today every leader must have a laser focus and proactive, so here is how I view F.O.C.U.S.:
I find it amazing that we struggle with the idea of being innovative in this day and age. There are so many opportunities to expand, grow and disrupt categories just by openly thinking and being aware of the sparks of opportunity. On the other hand, not every idea results in an innovative product or service, the word innovation has become watered down because many are using it to describe minimal changes in products and services.
When you think of the word INNOVATION, what to you encounter? How big are your visions, thoughts, or goals? Are they driven by a passion to make your products or services the best in the market? Are your people truly excited to bring ideas to you and discuss them freely? In my world INNOVATIONis reserved only for big thinking and extraordinary execution.
I have spent the last few weeks talking about soft skills, now we will see how some of those can be used by the entrepreneur. In today’s business world the small – medium privately held business faces a number of growth roadblocks that can impede their growth and success in their market place. While I have seen lists upwards of 25 potential growth roadblockes, they can really be digested to these ten. An organization may be dealing with one or more of these at one stage or another of their growth over the last 24 – 36 months.
Today, we are seeing a tremendous amount being written and taught on Soft Skills in the business and social arena. Many are saying this topic is over rated and just a buzz word. but I beg to differ. Many of our communications problems today find their root in incivility, rudeness and lack of respect. By the way all are soft skills! It is one of those ailments that has happened over a period of time, without many really realizing the impact. It is also being ignored by many leaders in the marketplace.
Are surveys still valuable in your business? I have been asking myself this question for the last six months to a year. The sad problem is that I answer myself with the paradoxical “Yes” and “No”.
On the telephone, in the mail, on our computers, smartphones and iPads, American consumers and businesses are being solicited as never before to express their feelings about products and services ranging from meals in fast food restaurants to the latest consulting engagement you presented to a client.
I suspect in some circles there is a remnant of “survey rage”, similar to road rage, where people are contemplating the most absurd answers to the questions the next pollster or online survey they feel they are entrapped into taking.
How can we, as leaders, engage employees’ heads, hearts, and hands? Much has been written on the subject of engaging employees however in this article I will endeavor to highlight a number of areas were leaders should strive for excellence in dealing with their people. These will yield engagement.
1. Always Connect: Leaders must demonstrate that they value employees. In the book, “First, Break All the Rules”, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman argue that leader or manager influence usually trumps companies. While company driven programs such as profit sharing and implementing work–life balance initiatives are important, there is much more to the equation. If, for example, the employees’ relationship with their managers is fractured, then no amount of benefits or incentives will persuade them to perform at top levels.
Employee engagement is generally a direct reflection of how employees feel about their relationship with the boss. They look at whether organizations and their leaders walk the talk when they proclaim that, “Our employees are our most valuable asset.” If employees feel that leaders do not believe in this mantra then high levels of disengagement will occur. While they may not flip entirely to disengaged, they may fall in to a middle group that is neither fully engaged nor fully disengaged. They will get the job done adequately but they will fall short of being company advocates for growth and innovation. There is always room for improvement when it comes to engaging employees.
In my experience when something is proposed as a best practice, then it implies that every other practice is inferior by default. However, if everyone is doing the same best practice, it leads to conformity. The uniqueness that makes up your company now disappears.
Excellent Question: How can our business outperform the competition if it is using the same best practices as everyone else in your industry? The answer is, it can’t. This applies to every area of your company where you may choose to apply them. HR, Accounting, Marketing, Social Media, or IT can all succumb to applying a perceived easy way to invoke order.
Building respect is critical in business today. On the day after the last mid-term elections we were saying how tired we were of the foul innuendo and lies that are put forward in ads.
Today, we live in a very open society where the criticizing of all leaders, from the president down, is not only tolerated, but considered proper and part of the democratic way. I challenge this thought. Yes, everyone has freedom of speech but we need to realize that everyone has that same right. It is not limited to any one person so it is necessary for one to respect the ideas of others and allow for proper discussion. When we disrespect someone trust is destroyed, many times beyond recovery.
We experienced election campaigns that went to the extremes the candidates used to insult and smear each other in a most disturbing manner. There was little effort to seek the truth as innuendos, half-truths, and mockery were hurled at others at an astronomical speed by most candidates. What a vast waste of money and effort. Undisciplined confrontation and argument destroys respect and allows negative interlopers to gain an advantage in situations.