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Values Are Everywhere - Made To Measure

Values Are Everywhere - Made To Measure | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Irritated?  Frustrated?  Disappointed?  When negative feelings are present it’s a sign one of our core values is being stepped on by another person or the universe.  Asking “What important value of mine is being challenged?” can provide clarity about what’s really happening. The universe likes to strengthen our character by giving our values a workout. Read more..
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Underneath strong emotions are core values.  Taking time to understand our own, and those of others can expand choices.

 

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How to Create Customer Personas for an E-commerce Store

How to Create Customer Personas for an E-commerce Store | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Do you truly know who your buyers are?
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A great place to begin really understanding the needs and desires of your target customer.
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Cruel corporate cultures will not thrive for long: experts say

Cruel corporate cultures will not thrive for long: experts say | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Companies with a corporate culture that degrades employees, pits them against each other and encourages workers to toil more for less money may flourish in the short term but the results are unlikely to last for long, management experts warn.
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It's hard to believe that some organizations still haven't figured out how to eliminate toxicity from their culture.  They'll be scratching their heads wondering "what went wrong" as they file for bankruptcy protection.  HR must have the courage to tackle "cruel corporate behavior" head on.

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Four Ways to Improve Company Culture

Four Ways to Improve Company Culture | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
American Express provides 40 hours of training for full-time staff to promote a culture focused on career. Here are 3 more examples.
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The reward for paying attention to company culture is higher engagement and improved results.  Here are four ideas that have helped four well known companies distinguish themselves from their competition.

 

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Predictable Outcomes When Managing Change

Predictable Outcomes When Managing Change | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
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Supporting all aspects of the change management process are important to achieve the desired end state with the least amount of disruption and disappointment for stakeholders.

 

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5 Myths of Great Workplaces

5 Myths of Great Workplaces | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
A look at the research calls some popular assumptions into question.
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Some interesting insights that support my own experiences creating work cultures with high engagement.

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How To Create A Leadership Development Program That Actually Works

How To Create A Leadership Development Program That Actually Works | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
If you want to develop your company's next best leaders, first put your money where your mouth is. Next, make it worthwhile with these tips.
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How to begin defining and creating a robust leadership culture in order to strengthen internal talent pipelines.

 

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The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy | MIT Sloan Management Review

The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy | MIT Sloan Management Review | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
People who are “different,” behaviorally or neurologically, can add significant value to companies.
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A great example of really embracing diversity.

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5 reasons your HR department is driving everyone crazy (and what you can do about it)

5 reasons your HR department is driving everyone crazy (and what you can do about it) | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
HR just drives everyone crazy. How do you turn it around?
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Sadly this article describes how frustrated many associates are with their HR departments. 

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Are You an Overwhelmed Employee? New Research Says Yes.

Are You an Overwhelmed Employee? New Research Says Yes. | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
We just completed one of the largest-ever studies of corporate talent and HR needs around the world — the Deloitte 2014 Human Capital Trends Study. The results are startling: businesses around the
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Employees are feeling overwhelmed by technology.  Emphasis on on wellness, happiness, and mindfulness are becoming important cultural attributes for organizations serious about engagement and  becoming talent magnets.

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How to Grow Without Losing What Makes You Great

How to Grow Without Losing What Makes You Great | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Author Robert Sutton offers lessons from Starbucks, In-N-Out, Intuit, Facebook, and more on the delicate art of scaling a business.
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Great insight on how to scale and grow a business without watering down what made you successful in the first place.

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The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture

The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.
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This article describes in behavioral terms what creates a compelling,  distinct, and effective culture.  It starts with core beliefs/values that when translated into actions are experienced by employees creating an intrinsic desire to replicate them. 

 

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New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition

New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition | Organization Potential | Scoop.it

Bersin has completed a comprehensive research project on employee recognition (saying "thank you") and the results are really astounding: organizations that give regular thanks to their employees far out perform those that don't.

 

What their research found was that tenure-based rewards systems have virtually no impact on organizational performance. It turns out that many of these tenure-based rewards programs are really legacy programs from the turn of the century when labor unions forced management to give employees “service awards” and hourly raises for tenure. Most large companies still have these programs today, yet only 58% of employees even know such programs exist. So for the most part they aren’t creating much value.

 

On other hand, our research did find that modern, re-engineered recognition programs can have a huge impact on business performance.


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It's time to transform traditional long service recognition programs.  Service awards are anchored in the past with union based origins that value tenure instead of achievement.  Hierarchy anointed programs are suspect and often administratively burdensome to administer.  Peer to peer programs aligned with company vision, values, accompanied by story telling, will accelerate your company's transformation and  enhance employee engagement.

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Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 6, 2014 10:06 AM

Believe me or not... 

 

Yesterday I've finallized a manual designed to support my view on the future of organizational development for the social economy entities, to which i've given the name of 'Engagement Management', where I've assembled these four tools as the most important any organization should embrace:

 

1. Strategy (to control or to develop?)

2. The importance of Employee RECOGNITION

3. Team development meetings using the principle of fostering participation and creativity

4. Self-assessment as the best way to allow indivividual, thus groupal, growth

Did it also sound to you as if today's scoop.it articles I've received were not by chance these particular ones I'm now sharing? 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:37 AM

Good advice all throughout;

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:53 PM

Something as simple as Thank you drives employee productivity. I've yet to come across an employee who asked his boss to stop giving recognition because it was too much...

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Identifying Leadership Capabilities that Drive Business Performance

Identifying Leadership Capabilities that Drive Business Performance | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
A Must Read for HR and Executives Looking to Achieve Market Dominance and Best in Class Agility
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The most intriguing and thought provoking explanation of leadership capability and organizational agility.   

A must read for all Senior Executives and HR Leaders that have executed leadership frameworks and transformed cultures but have curiously failed to achieve break-through and sustainable gains in market share.  

The article was written by Brian Heger who is a Principal Consultant at Brian Heger HR Advisory Services.  He has 18 years of Human Resources experience as an internal practitioner in both Telecom with AT&T and Retail with Saks Fifth Avenue/ Hudson’s Bay Company. Brian has led Talent Management, Learning, Organization Development, and Talent Acquisition functions and has been an HR Business Partner. He can be reached at brian@brianheger.com
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Top 10 Reasons Change Initiatives Fail

Top 10 Reasons Change Initiatives Fail | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
By ensuring challenges are anticipated and prepared for in advance, company leaders can give their firms the highest chance of success in implementing critical business improvements.
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A great summary that outlines the top 10 reasons organization change initiatives fail.
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Communication Is Key to Genuine Employee Engagement

Communication Is Key to Genuine Employee Engagement | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Effective communication leads to workers who look more favorably on their companies.
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There can never be too much communication if employee engagement is genuinely important and valued in your organization.

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The iceberg that sinks organizational change

The iceberg that sinks organizational change | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
The iceberg that sinks organizational change. The Iceberg is a strong visualization of what is arguably the essence of change
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A wonderful model that shows the complexity of organizations.  It's also a great road map for leaders transitioning to a new organization to explore during their first 90 days.  Digging below the surface to understand how things "really get done" can reveal blind spots that might otherwise be overlooked.

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Conference Board of Canada on Workplace Bullying

Conference Board of Canada on Workplace Bullying | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
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According to a 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, 72% of bullies are in leadership positions.  Organizations need to have policies, reporting mechanisms, and unbiased investigative processes in place. 

 

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4 Things Your Employees Want More Than a Raise (and Won't Cost You a Cent)

4 Things Your Employees Want More Than a Raise (and Won't Cost You a Cent) | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals what employees care about most. Money doesn't make the list.
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4 Things Employee's Want More Than Money  .. How do you measure up?

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Why Coaching Is Critical to Your Success

Why Coaching Is Critical to Your Success | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Once reserved for the most senior executives, coaching is becoming more pervasive throughout today’s innovative organizations. Because companies continue to do more with less, they need every employee engaged and productive; they are relying on coaches, not internal managers, to help develop talent to drive results. If you’ve decided to fly solo without a coach, you’re putting your career at a significant disadvantage. That’s because coaches help you identify and focus on what’s important, which
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5 Tips for Successful Change Management

5 Tips for Successful Change Management | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
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A great summary on important things to consider during a wide scale change initiative. 

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Why Good Managers Are So Rare | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Gallup data shows they have a combination of hard-to-teach traits.
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People work for people --it's that simple.  If engagement is suffering in your organization it could be a sign that front line managers could improve their effectiveness.  Successful organizations create a leadership culture focused on employee engagement AND customer engagement while generating above average returns for shareholders.  Organizations need to define leadership expectations and then provide development for Managers who may require additional support.

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Why performance appraisals need to be scrapped

Why performance appraisals need to be scrapped | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
The reality is that the traditional performance appraisal as practiced in the majority of organizations today is fundamentally flawed and at odds with our values-based, vision-driven and collaborative work environments.
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New research that challenges the convention wisdom of performance reviews.

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Does Your Business Live By Its Values?

Does Your Business Live By Its Values? | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Have you defined, stated, and promoted your business's core values? Do you use them in the day-to-day running of your company? Do you review them when making tough decisions? Do you refer to your
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Associates support company values when they are noble (reflecting the interests of customers, shareholders, AND employees).  Leaders that act in alignment with company values during difficult periods ensure they become more deeply embedded in the organization's culture and not just a poster on the wall.

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How Do You Compete?

How Do You Compete? | Organization Potential | Scoop.it
Roger Martin, coauthor of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, introduces a lesson on the proper foundation for core competencies from Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities through Strategic Thinking, by William Putsis.
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A great distinction between an organizations core competencies and the attributes of their offering as seen through the customer's lens. 

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