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Thank Different. Employee engagement is a key element to any successful business. In today’s knowledge economy, your most valuable assets are your people. All organizations need to have a strategy to engage & align their team to achieve their business goals. In a highly competitive world - the ability to retain, attract & engage your staff can be the difference between success & failure. Kudos is a corporate social network with a peer-to-peer recognition system designed to engage your teams with enhanced communication, collaboration, appreciation & recognition.
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Leadership by Example

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In connected leadership, people can be both teachers and learners. Therefore neither training programs, nor coaching are enough. Leadership by example becomes the key.


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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:22 AM

Yet more great proof of the power of positive role modeling.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:11 PM

Leading by example is a great old idea whether that involves using technology or traditional means. Here's an article to remind everyone how well leading by example works.

Marlon Waithe's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:12 PM

I chose this because article because leadership by example is very important in regards to ethics and morals stance.

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eBook: 2013 Trends in Recognition

eBook: 2013 Trends in Recognition | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
In order to build and maintain an engaged workforce, it is crucial to stay up to date on recognition trends to drive employee engagement into 2013 and beyond.

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Although Achievers is a competitor of ours, they do create great content that supports our value proposition. And our product is a great solution for those that can't afford Achievers. Thanks.

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Employee Engagement Top Priority for HR

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More than half (62%) of organisations surveyed say employee engagement is their top HR priotity in 2013, according to research by law firm Speechly Bircham and King’s College London. Its “State of HR survey 2013: recovery in sight?


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How Psychology Can Make You A Better Boss

How Psychology Can Make You A Better Boss | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
I reconnected this week with Dr. Elana Miller, MD, the Zen Psychiatrist.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:21 AM

Psychology can make you a better human being!

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The One Leadership Lesson You Should Learn This Week

The One Leadership Lesson You Should Learn This Week | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Steve Ballmer's decision to step down has sparked many columns about his leadership style. But here's what you should takeaway from his exit.

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Beware the Sirens of Management Pseudo-Science

Beware the Sirens of Management Pseudo-Science | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Management is not an exact science, they say. And I guess most things that involve the study of human behavior cannot be. That's why the business sections at airport bookshops are so full of nonsense.


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Managing people is not an exact science. Every new person adds a new dimension to how a group and company works and functions. You should try to hire the best people for the role but people who are also the best fit will allow you to try and create a chemistry that can lead to success. In the end, process is the only thing you can control in a business. Execution, enthusiam and culture are vairables that you can try to effect with an operating philosophy and the right tools. Even being quick to promote people out of the comany that are a negaivie effect on chemistry and culture is also a good idea.

 

Anyone that tells you that their is one sure fire way to create success is just telling you what worked for them at that moment in time with the poeple they had. It can be motivtaing and help creaet short burts of enthusiam. It does not mean it is a sure fire way to repeat that same success. It comes back to operating philosophy, values and processes. It is more of a road map then a exact diretions. I beleive in this road map.

 

Give your team a vision 

Recruit well

Respect your players

Give them opportunities to succeed

Celerbate success

Show you value thier contributions 

and give your team a goals and hold them accountable

 

These are the things that all good coaches do in sports and the ones that follow this process alwasy seem to have winning records. It works for buiness too. It is not an exact science but it does seem to produce better then average results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 23, 2013 5:20 PM

Freek Vermeulen's blog post on HBR is related to an interview I conducted with Dr. Jagdish Parikh some years ago.


You'll find it here: Leadership at the next level 


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The Highest ROI Management Tool in Business

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This image was recently emailed to one of the senior-most technology executives at LinkedIn. In case you can't read it, the text says:"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key
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The 5 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

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Research has shown us that more than 90 percent of top leadership performers have a high amount of emotional intelligence, or EI.

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Top 25 Quotes To Discover The Leader In You - Forbes

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Top 25 Quotes To Discover The Leader In You
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I was inspired by author Dave Kerpen's recent article that shared his top 25 leadership quotes. As he aptly noted, great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves.

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:42 AM

Great selection of quotes, my favourite being "seek opportunities to express kindness in word and deed" 

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 25, 2014 2:36 PM

Very good selection of quotes and thoughts. Worth to glance through from time to time. 

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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | Video on TED.com

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.

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Anita's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:48 PM

Daniel Pink's perspective about motivation is practical and encouraging.

David Smith's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:26 PM

A very interesting author

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead

5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

For a leader – or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent – listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people and information out, you’re depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:10 PM

Listening is an important aspect of mindful, servant-leadership.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:17 PM

Simple and yet, so difficult to do.

donhornsby's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:53 AM

(From the article): Learning to listen is a blast. It makes us fuller, smarter, more empathetic, more successful people and leaders. Lets all take our earplugs out and tune in to the wondrous wealth of inspiration that surrounds us. Your future and current employees will thank you.

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What Gen Y Needs to Know to Become Leaders

What Gen Y Needs to Know to Become Leaders | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Generation Y are now starting to infiltrate management ranks. They need advice about how to adapt to their new roles and, perhaps, rewrite the rules of management to fit their ways.


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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 14, 2013 10:37 AM

Feedback and coaching at all levels is needed...

AlGonzalezinfo's comment, August 14, 2013 1:03 PM
Absolutely Scott. I remember when I used to think my gen was the best thing since sliced bread, now I have to remind myself my gen does not know it all :)
Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:48 PM

While there are many qualities that distinguish millennials from other generations, "One of the key things to remember, he [the author] said, is that millennials are highly collaborative."  However, collaborative doesn't mean they are skilled at communicating, at least outside of today's common social media forums.  Generation Y also appreciates transparency.  Good points to consider in today's blended workforce.

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Connected Leader Attributes Graphic from Flat Army

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The Connected Leader Attributes model found within the book Flat Army describes fifteen key behaviours that are necessary for leaders to operate as a Flat Army.


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New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training

New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
A recent study looked into what types of employee recognition have the greatest impact. Surprisingly, simply highlighting a job well done had less impact than other methods of praise.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:40 AM

If you want effective and engaged employees make sure they are able to make daily progress towards the goals dear to their heart.

John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:27 AM

When we praise others on their progress, we remind them that they’re advancing. And, perhaps even more important, that we – their leaders – actually noticed. - See more at: 

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How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Execution is everything in entrepreneurship. But often your state of mind -- or perhaps more accurately, how you think -- will help determine what products...

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John Michel's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:58 PM

Thinking like an entrepreneur requires a unique approach to the world and a mindset to help view the world as limitless in its possibilities for improvement, change and, ultimately, innovation. How entrepreneurial are you? 

Angela Heath's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:28 AM

This confirms it....I think like an entrepreneurs...how about you?

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Using Research and Technology to Improve Recognition at Google

Learn from three of Google Inc.'s total rewards team as they share why and how the company chose to review and revise its recognition programs, all beginning...
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The NET model for Social Leadership

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I’m drawing together my ideas around Social Leadership to create a series of models and expand it into a book. Today i’m presenting a first draft of the top level model (i expect this to be the first iteration of many…). The NET model explores three dimensions for Social Leadership. This model looks across the skills and behaviours i’ve already introduced and groups them into three dimensions that we need to master: Narrative, Engagement and Technology.


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How to Be a Better Leader Online

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Want to influence more people and build your reputation online? Here are five ways to do it.
There was a time when the word "leader" brought a very specific profile to mind: strong, influential, and known around the world.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 2014 2:06 PM

Each point is valid. The one about take it offline and to a new level is intriguing. It is not just about online which suggests a holistic view of leadership. But, leadership is a murky concept and difficult to define. What do we mean by leadership? Just saying I am does not make me so.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:49 PM

Genuine leaders are everywhere, not just in traditional workplaces.  Simply be the person others are inspired to emulate!

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Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
Great leadership and employee engagement: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

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Claudia DeSalvo's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:55 PM

Communication is key, especially when it comes to giving feedback. Talking at people isn't as effective as taking the time to build a structure for relationships.

 

Understanding is a must, especially when it comes to building trust and engagement. Do your employees know what they need to do to be successful? Giving them adequate resources is a crucial part in ensuring top quality results from them. The article gives a good question to ask yourself:


“What is the most important thing these employees want to know, what is the best way to encourage dialogue and how would they be most comfortable sharing input?”

 

After taking the employees into consideration, think of good ways to get them to share their ideas. This will be an opening for formal[printed] and informal[a quick convo] feedback. The feedback should be respected by both parties, and should be responded to in a timely manner. This makes it so that the employee feels valued. After exchanging feedback, you should continue regularly sharing ideas. Communication is best when its two-way.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 19, 2013 6:40 AM

Great scoop Claudia.  The only thing I would add to the article is that the supervisor should ensure to request additional feedback from her/his direct reports, in addition to getting feedback from established organiazation channels like suggestion boxes, etc.  

 

The reason this is so important is becuase direct report have great specific insight that can help the supervisor learn even more from the feedback.  

 

Frrom the article:

 

Act on feedback – Highly engaged employees are enthused about their organization and believe they can positively influence its success. Acting on employee feedback and highlighting the impact employees make is a strong engagement builder. Be sure that all employees know how their colleagues’ suggestions or ideas are being implemented.


Regularly sharing results and requesting additional feedback creates predictable, consistent two-way communication that encourages employees to take ownership and understand their ideas are valued by the organization. 

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:58 AM

What strategies would you add? 

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5 Ways Leaders Keep Hope Alive In Difficult Times

5 Ways Leaders Keep Hope Alive In Difficult Times | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it
As the workplace changes, the economy continues to struggle and employees remain paralyzed by the fear of uncertainty, leaders are trying hard to make a positive impact in people’s lives. People are challenged to remain motivated.

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David Hain's comment, August 20, 2013 5:48 AM
Excellent article!
John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 1:33 PM

Employees want to believe again in their leaders but are continually faced with the greed and distrust that surrounds them.   The need for Leaders who can deliver hope is at an all-time high.

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Nice Managers Finish Last, Study Finds

Nice Managers Finish Last, Study Finds | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

Bad news for bosses who take an interest in their employees’ emotional well-being: their employees won’t work any harder as a show of gratitude for their support.


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Good conversation around this topic. Are givers better then takers?

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Don Cloud's comment, August 18, 2013 10:35 PM
Am not familiar with the book, and will definitely add it to my reading to-do list ... the title sounds intriguing. ThX!\
Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, August 19, 2013 4:52 AM
Don, you can start out by reading these articles: 1. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/is-giving-the-secret-to-getting-ahead.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
2. http://hbr.org/2013/04/in-the-company-of-givers-and-takers/
3. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/givers_take_all_the_hidden_dimension_of_corporate_culture
Don Cloud's comment, August 22, 2013 6:36 AM
Givers are definitely better than takers.

Thanks Kenneth ... greatly appreciate these articles!
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16 Inspirational Quotes From the Late, Great Steve Jobs

Get inspired by these 16 quotes from the great Steve Jobs.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 15, 2013 12:44 AM

Useful retrospective on what mattered to the Apple great leader.  ~  Deb

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Memo to CEOs: Go Social or Go Home

Memo to CEOs: Go Social or Go Home | Employee Engagement Made Easy! | Scoop.it

CEO.com's annual Social CEO Report, examine the social networking presence of each of the Fortune 500 CEOs. It reveils that 68% of CEOs have absolutely NO presence on any of the major social networks.


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