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Are You Engaged at Work? Probably Not

Are You Engaged at Work? Probably Not | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Can you honestly say that you are happy at work? If you answered yes to that question then congratulations, you belong to a small demographic of gainfully employed individuals fully committed to their role at work.

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Kudos's curator insight, November 2, 2013 9:55 PM

The Q12 really does make a lot of sense. The more I read articles and insights on employee engagement the Q12 always seems to be the most complete and straightforward list. If you get some of the list right you will have more engaged employees. Having fully engaged employees all the time is probably impossible. Probably because work is after all – work and not always fun. But if you work with purpose you can always find  ways to be engaged. If you can't, do everyone a favor and find a change that does engage you. 

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Employee Engagement Drives Health Care Quality and Financial Returns

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Hospital systems in the U.S. are at a crisis point. Among the many changes ushered in with the new health care law is the shift to value-based purchasing, which ties a system’s Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to the quality of the services it...


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Map: The Sad State of Global Workplace Engagement

Map: The Sad State of Global Workplace Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs, according to 2011-2012 numbers collected by Gallup. What does that mean for where you live and work?

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The Culture Is Only As Good As The Leader | CEO.com

The Culture Is Only As Good As The Leader | CEO.com | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

What You See is What You Get. Healthy Leaders, Healthy Culture


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Kudos's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:25 PM

If you do not set the tone for the cuture it will take on a life of its own and maybe become something you did not want. Been there, turst me. 

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:39 PM

 

[KEY POINTS in Plain English]

 

There’s a misunderstanding that employees create a company’s culture — for example: how they dress, how they do business and how they communicate. If you observe a company’s employees, it is easy to think they’re both the result and the creators (cause)  of the culture.

 

But Leadership is the real foundation of any organization's culture.

 

The leader is the visionary who sets the direction and style of the company’s personality. The leader creates internal culture through the people s/he hires, the information s/he provides and the resources s/he makes available.

 

Leadership ultimately (finally) determines the culture of a company. The leader develops it and maintains it — whether it is good or bad.

 

But if you’re the creator of an unhealthy culture, you can also be its cure.

 

[Or, is it better to hire a new, transformational leader to implement  the required change?]

Christina Chen's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:54 AM

Good article!

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Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

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Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.
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Build Trust Through Training, Transparency and Trials

Build Trust Through Training, Transparency and Trials | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Author's (far left) sniper team in Afghanistan, 2008This is the third installment in a six part series on building high-impact teams (read the introduction and explanation of HITs here, and the first
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5 Lessons On How to Build High Impact Teams

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(Photo) Five of the original members of Team Rubicon, preparing to depart Haiti after nearly two straight weeks of medical triage operations.In 2010 William McNulty and I joined a team organized by
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Who Treats Their Workers Best?

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Switzerland is first, Yemen last and Northern Europe the top region in a new evaluation of how nations foster their work forces.
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Is the capacity for empathy a weakness in a CEO?

Is the capacity for empathy a weakness in a CEO? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Evidence is mounting that it might be so. The latest is the portrait of a man who many consider to be the best CEO today in America—if not the world—Jeff Bezos.

 

...Ronson argues that many of the psychopathic traits are conducive for success as a CEO. Besides lack of empathy, which is crucial, “other positive traits for psychopaths in business is need for stimulation, proneness to boredom. 

 

 ...Rather, in such scenarios—which are all too common when the economy is not doing well—empathy and listening skills are more a hindrance than a necessity, no matter that self-styled management gurus like to play up such traits as critical leadership qualities. 

 

...Clearly, stuff like empathy is of no consequence in the context of such stupendous achievement. In the prevailing business ethos, it is bound to be considered as a drawback diluting the CEO’s focus on maximizing shareholder value.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 25, 2013 7:04 AM

(From the article): According to Ronson, the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs is four times what it is in the general population, which means that a CEO is four times as likely to be a psychopath as an average human being. And just so we are clear as to what we mean here by the term psychopaths, Ronson defines them as individuals who “lack the things that make you human: empathy, remorse, loving kindness”. Not the first attributes that spring to mind when we think of Steve Jobs or Jack Welch, are they?

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Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists - NBC News.com

Gamers solve molecular puzzle that baffled scientists - NBC News.com | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Last updated 12:45 p.m. ET Sept. 20: Video-game players have solved a molecular puzzle that stumped scientists for years, and those...
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PLOS ONE: Homo Economicus Belief Inhibits Trust

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PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give

5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Entitled leaders often make the worst managers and bosses. Here are five entitlement traps to avoid when running your own business.
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What does a humble leader do?

What does a humble leader do? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

 Humility is a virtue. Perhaps you're aware of the importance of being a humble leader. But what makes it important, and how do you know if you are one?


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Exploring employee engagement from the employee perspective: implications for HRD

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Eleven Ways to Create Real Employee Engagement from the Ground Up - Hotel News Resource

Eleven Ways to Create Real Employee Engagement from the Ground Up
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These days we hear plenty about employee engagement. We know disengaged employees are bad for business.
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How to Boost Your Team’s Engagement Using the Global Trends Report

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In Aon Hewitt’s 2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report, a grim portrait of the post-recession business world emerges. Right in the introduction, better employee engagement is cited as the solution to our current ills.

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Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities

Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy and a true understanding of the other is critical to building flourishing startup communities.

 

Empathy is often looked down upon in the business world because it is seen as antithetical to the modern day corporate environment (competitive, cutthroat, ladder to the top, etc.). However, it is one of the most important values that an organization can adopt and promote as part of its company culture. Empathy at its basest form is that ability to connect with and relate to others. This means we have to adopt a stance that goes beyond just seeing and hearing what goes on around us and truly seek to understand the logical and emotional reasoning of the people around us.

 

The notion of empathy being critical to business is not new; Ashoka has deemed empathy as the force that drives business; Forbes called empathy invaluable to business; and the Guardian deemed it the last big business taboo that needs to be overcome.
 

by Ryan Smith


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Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking: How empathy is leading the way in creative fields

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Empathy in Design

In realm of design, design-thinking is rooted in empathy, where you try to see from the perspective of a user of a given design or product.  There is a lot more to design thinking than that, but in a nutshell it is about human centered design where empathy is king.

Empathy in Human Services

In the social services field I’ve been striving to lead new thinking in, there is also a focus on empathy when designing quality support services.  For example, in the old days of social services, an institution or bunch of “experts” would often end up designing irrelevant services because the service model was not based on what the client needed and wanted but on what the system needed. In other words, there was a lack of empathy for the individual needs and wishes of the client. Nowadays, the best social service designers, are much like design thinkers; empathizing, inquiring more, testing ideas and always wondering if a proposed service is truly relevant to the person that uses the service.

 

By Ben Weinlick


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Know Your Role: How to Build High Impact Teams

Know Your Role: How to Build High Impact Teams | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Team Rubicon volunteers take weeks of vacation at a time to deploy with the organization into disaster zones. How do you convince some of them to play a less desirable role, like administrative work
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The Not-So-Surprising Lessons from Top-Down Employee Engagement

The Not-So-Surprising Lessons from Top-Down Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Most of us understand the benefits of sincere employee … (RT @tedcoine: #Leadership for #engagement starts at the very, very top.

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 28, 2013 9:24 AM

Not so sure I completely agree that Engagement is completely top down, but this is a good story of how senior leadership can lead by example.  But ultmately all managers have a critical role in building and maintaining engagement. 

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Advice for a Business Studies student

Advice for a Business Studies student | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
I received a delightful note recently from Olivia Hill, a 12-year-old, year eight student at Aylsham Business and Enterprise School in Norfolk. She is just starting her first GCSE in Business Studies
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"The key enterprising skills I used when first starting out are the very same ones I use today: the art of delegation, risk-taking, surrounding yourself with a great team and working on projects you really believe in."

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The 46 Healthiest Companies to Work For in America

The 46 Healthiest Companies to Work For in America | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
While some people are trapped in cubicles, their muscles and souls slowly deteriorating, other employees stay happy, healthy, and fit all day long.
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Why Empathy is the Force that Moves Business Forward

Why Empathy is the Force that Moves Business Forward | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Behind every successful business, you are likely to find a leader who has mastered the skill of empathy.
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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:14 AM

These relationships are the product of taking an honest and dedicated interest in others and their businesses. Successful people do not operate alone; each of us needs the support of others to achieve positive results that push us toward our goals. True empathy combines understanding both the emotional and the logical rationale that goes into every decision.

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Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work?

Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Nice guys finish last. We've all heard that phrase before. Which probably means that there's something to it. Now why is that? Because we've seen it happen, haven't we? Again and again. In …
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Developing Emotional Intelligence in Corporate Leaders

It is no longer sufficient to simply ask for leadership from employees.  Leadership must be defined, boundaries set, and behavioral expectations laid at the feet of those granted the awesome respon...
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