Many of the lessons learned in fatherhood apply, on a certain level, to change leadership. Here are the parallels between building a complex LEGO set and coaching a client through transformational change.
Change doesn't occur by magic, and if you want someone to change their behaviour, you need to adopt an effective approach that will encourage them to make the changes required.
The challenge for business owners and managers seeking to change the behaviours of individuals or teams, is to ensure that you have many levers that you can pull, to ensure that the required outcome is achieved.
This excellent article, identifies 10 such levers, and suggests that leaders need to use them all to achieve lasting behavioural change.
Communication skills, are a key element in a successful business owner's armoury, and in order to improve one's skills in this area, one needs to understand that there are different styles of communicators.
In addition to understanding that there are different styles of communications, successful business owners also understand that they need to vary their style of communication to suit the communication styles exhibited by each person with whom they interact.
This excellent article, identifies the four styles of communicators, and it also demonstrates how to determine the style of communication used by others, in order to match their style to achieve greater understanding of your message.
Business owners always have high expectations of new employees, and many new employees hit the ground running, only to fizzle out a little further down the track.
Often, it is a remarkable drop in motivation that leads to this fizzling out of someone who on the face of it appeared to be a good recruit, and business owners need to identify how to keep new employees motivated, until they become valuable members of the team.
This excellent article, likens this fizzling out to many behaviours that occur outside of the wiorkplace, and it suggests four ways to keep new employees motivated and engaged in their roles.
Reasearch has shown that engaged employees do far more for the bottom line of your business than those employees who are disengaged, and as it is so clear that any work done to improve the engagement levels of your employees pays off many times over, it makes sense for a business owner or manager to take every step they can to engage their employees.
Where to start and what to do is always the question, and with so much information now available on this subject, it can be quite confusing for a business owner wanting to improve the engagement levels of their staff.
This good article, stesses the importance of working actively to ensure your staff are engaged, and it provides 26 simple suggestions that you can implement to get the results you require for your business.
As a business owner, you dream of achieving sustained high levels of productivity, profitability and employee satisfaction, and you understand the profits that the achievement of such dreams can deliver to your business.
What you may not know, is that research has shown that it is possible to achieve such dreams, if you emulate the traits of highly successful businesses.
This excellent article, introduces the ASPIRE model for achieving greatness in business, and it identifies six common traits exhibited by highly successful businesses.
Who tell stories to the outside world about the heart and soul of a company and what it's really like? Employees are among an organization's greatest brand champions. If employees aren't happy, customers won't be, either.
I love this quick piece by Kathy Klotz-Guest full of sound wisdom. You can't tell effective biz stories in the marketplace if the culture of your company culture contradicts your stories. Why? Because stories build trust and if you are not 'walking your talk' you can't build trust.
The story shared in this post is a gem and perfectly illustrates the point of the article. I am sure I will be sharing this with my corporate clients so they really 'get it.'
It's great when marketing comes up with fab stories to share about the company's products/services. But the BEST kind of stories come from employees themselves. That's why the best business storytelling is from the 'inside out' as this article advocates.
No matter if you are a micro-entrepreneur or a mega enterprise -- the inside and outside gotta match.
Well of course, that begs the next question: how do we gather employee stories? I recommend getting a firm grasp of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a process and tool to help you evoke those stories. If you are a solo-preneur, asking yourself AI questions can be very illuminating. As an enteprise, AI will have casdacing positive effects on your culture. Google AI and you will be deluged with resources.
So get busy making sure your inside and outside stories match for the best biz storytelling experiences that lead to consistent growth and raving fans.