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Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t) | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), HBR's research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1. The good news is that there are companies out there bucking the trend, and they have discovered how.


Over a five-year timeframe, HBR studied 32 exemplary companies (collectively employing 600,000 people) across seven industries including hospitality, banking, manufacturing, and hospitals. At these companies, the engaged workers outnumber the actively disengaged ones by a 9:1 ratio. To understand what drives that tremendous advantage, they looked for contrasts between them and a much larger set of companies they know to be struggling to turn around bland and uninspiring workplaces.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 1, 2:03 PM

A recipe for an engaged workforce.

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Women Matter | McKinsey & Company

Women Matter | McKinsey & Company | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Gender diversity is on the strategic agenda at ever more companies. Why don't women hold more top jobs?

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Anita's curator insight, October 18, 2013 2:33 PM

Do women matter in your organization?

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace

Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
An overview of the often startling research on female leadership.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, August 27, 2013 10:49 PM

A recent study found that female leaders bested their male peers on traits like empathy, influence, and conflict management, and even have a slight edge when it comes to being self-aware. 

Jonathan Kaus's curator insight, April 22, 7:33 AM

This article contains facts about women and how they do not make up a large part of the work force and facts about how they are discriminated against in the workplace. This relates to HTS because the women in Saudi Arabia can't find jobs because the men do not want them working. 

Summer L's curator insight, May 8, 8:16 AM

This article speaks of how women are speaking up and having a lot of leadership in the office and outworking the men. 

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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 | Organisation Development | 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 11:55 AM

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 3:40 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 6:58 AM

What strategies would you add? 

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

Studies show that around 80 percent of workers are not passionate about what they do. Here are 3 ways to start changing the status quo.


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Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 10:05 AM
We should never speak theoretically about empathy :-) Empathy is a practice!
Maya Mathias's comment, May 14, 2013 2:12 PM
Thanks for all the shares and comments! It was truly a joy to serve and I'm glad it resonates.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 14, 2013 4:48 PM

We need different people running many organizations.

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Leadership Lessons: A Healthy Corporate Culture Built on Feedback

Leadership Lessons: A Healthy Corporate Culture Built on Feedback | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

“Traditional management style may help organizations run efficiently, but it won’t help to unleash the best gifts of every single person in your organization,” asserts Joris Luijke on the Management Innovation eXchange (the MIX).

 

Luijke is VP of Talent for Atlassian, a $102-million software company based in Sydney, Australia. In his post on the MIX, he cites four methods Atlassian uses to encourage employee expression and autonomy. Sure, there are the typical perks (creativity, risk-taking, healthy conflict) that come with empowered employees. But an atmosphere where employees express themselves helps in other ways, too: On a daily basis, Atlassian execs have the means to assess — and even quantify — how the rank and file feel about senior management and the company’s overall direction. Here’s how:


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's comment, April 15, 2013 4:02 PM
They are great ideas. Atlassian has had significant growth in Australia and is seen as a real success story. It is good to get some insight into ways they have reached this success.
Peter Francis's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:37 AM

If only more did it x 

 

Michael Kuhl's curator insight, January 3, 11:24 AM

Great, simple feedback channels that we could use.  Would love to put that survey in place using http://www.typeform.com/ (esp. when they roll out their solution for teams managing surveys).

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Take A Peek Inside Starbucks's $35 Million Leadership Lab [Video]

Take A Peek Inside Starbucks's $35 Million Leadership Lab [Video] | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

This fall, Starbucks hauled 1,000 lighting instruments, 445 chain motors, 120 speakers, 21 projection screens, and 5,000 live coffee plants to the conference center in Houston and spent three weeks installing a "Leadership Lab." What Starbucks doesn't spend on commercials, it makes up for with this three-day spectacle (I was embedded in the Lab for a day; here's what it was like). The goal is to mobilize its employees to become brand evangelists.


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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:33 AM

How would you like to have their training budget?  Dang!

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What Would Peter Drucker Think of Your Business?

What Would Peter Drucker Think of Your Business? | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about management you can still learn from reading Drucker. What would he think of your business?

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Tom Hood's curator insight, January 11, 2013 12:43 PM

Some things are ageless - that would be Peter Drucker. My one book would be Managing in Turbluent Times recommended by former CEO of Moss Adams and former CHair of AICPA & IFAC, Bob Bunting. Great article!

Fred Zimny's curator insight, January 12, 2013 6:46 AM

Oops, i work in education. Wondering if his statement for marketing and innvoation is also relevant for educational organizations.

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What Motivates Workers? Most Employers Seem to Guess Wrong

What Motivates Workers? Most Employers Seem to Guess Wrong | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
What motivates us at work is ultimately a very personal and individual topic, though generalities do apply.

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HR Roundtable: How Do You Handle Today’s Information Overload?

HR Roundtable: How Do You Handle Today’s Information Overload? | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati took on a very broad topic that actually affected EVERYONE in the business world today and that is: “How do you handle all of the information you get hit with today?

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The Trust Maturity Model

The Trust Maturity Model | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

The Trust Maturity Model from www.giveleaderhip.com...

 

What is the level of trust in your team?

 

Chaos? Learning? Optimizing? Or, Innovating?


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@Metta Solutions, you are welcome, I really like your curated work as well. One suggestion would be to link your twitter account to scoop.it, this way you will be mentioned automatically on twitter when we rescoop your posts.
Geoff Roberts's curator insight, January 18, 9:43 AM

Nice descriptive framework, but it needs a 'how to get there' as well...

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Asking Questions for Organizational Transformation

Asking Questions for Organizational Transformation | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.
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The Power of Conversational Leadership — HBS Working Knowledge

The Power of Conversational Leadership — HBS Working Knowledge | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"In many cases you have an executive team that's so sure about company strategy, but then you go inside the organization and find that nobody else has a clue,"


A strategic conversation based on 4 elements:

Intimacy is about leadership. Interactivity is about channels. Inclusion is about content. Intentionality is about goals, vision, and the strategy of getting things done.


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Being Leader-ish: When You’re Not Quite a Leader

Being Leader-ish: When You’re Not Quite a Leader | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
  ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, ...

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Great-ish article on committing - ish... 

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:02 AM

(From the article): Every leader, at one time or another, has probably done something leader-ish. Because leadership is not always easy, and sometimes we instinctively seek convenience.

 

But true character-based leadership emerges through discomfort. Ours, and others. It requires focusing our attention on how we can make others shine. Making mindful judgment calls. Getting things done through others, and winning their hearts and minds in the process. Handling people as unique individuals. Looking beyond our positions to the behaviors and choices that are best for our employees, for the team, for the organization, and its customer.

 

Are you a leader, or leader-ish?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 26, 2013 2:47 PM

Every leader, at one time or another, has probably done something leader-ish. Because leadership is not always easy, and sometimes we instinctively seek convenience.

Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 7:29 AM

Now there is a word for those inbetweeners-  'Leader-ish'.  

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Facilitation tools- using a Community of Practice | Sam Bradd

Facilitation tools- using a Community of Practice | Sam Bradd | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Visual summary of discussion by facilitators of Community of Practice at UBC, graphic recording, How does this relate to agenda design? You can design content and structures that support Community of Practice principles ...

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Very nicely delivered, on an important topic.  We used to think of communities as places, now practice is arguably more important.

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Petra Hegenbart's curator insight, May 31, 2013 3:32 AM

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” This actually describes the ideal for teams in a corporate context as well. You can design content and structures that keep participants engaged and motivated by using Visual Facilitation or Graphic Recording.

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10 tips from entrepreneurs who made their own luck

10 tips from entrepreneurs who made their own luck | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

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The more you practice tips like these, the luckier you get!

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harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 7:18 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 7:19 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
Gerald Hynes's curator insight, January 29, 10:34 PM

Really enjoyed this article. A nice summary of p[eople who work hard and then people say they are lucky.

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19 Challenging Thoughts About Leadership

19 challenging thoughts about leadership.


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Some excellent challenges in easy to digest format.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:05 AM

A quick, insightful read.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 21, 2013 3:58 AM

Another great scoop Kenneth!  #2 is my favorite...  :)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:08 AM

Start by being authentic with words and actions.

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Leadership Tips for Cross-Silo Success

Leadership Tips for Cross-Silo Success | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

Management silos are where innovation dissolves in layers of hierarchy. Great business ideas go wasted every day because employees don’t know what to do with them, and those employees are afraid of wasting company resources trying to figure it out. Here, Nancy Dearman offers some ideas for leaders who want to break down those barriers and encourage employees to cross silos and act on those ideas.

We all know silos within organizations provide essential infrastructure, allowing organizations to function. We also know that the walls of these silos can be barriers to innovation, as well as a root cause of business dysfunction. As a leader, you can enable the quick action required to take advantage of opportunities.


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The five myths of organisational change

The five myths of organisational change | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
The five myths of organisational change
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This article was written by Sarah Lewis M.Sc. C.Psychol, chartered psychologist and author of 'Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management'.

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Five Big Discoveries About Leadership

Five Big Discoveries About Leadership | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

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Some of these are confirming my intuition, but all of them are right on the money and it's good to see the research.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:33 AM

for some reason, the link takes us to the last page of the report.  Its worthwhile to click on the #1 and read the whole report.

 

I totally agree with David Hain on his commentary, great to see the research!

Eric Van Camp's curator insight, January 24, 2013 12:16 PM

really liked "the office"

Richard Hart's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:13 AM

Research such as this breathes new life into the leadership truisms we all know, but sometimes fail to attend to in the midst of our busy lives

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Special Report for High Potential Women Leaders


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“Taking Charge: A roadmap for a successful career and a meaningful life for high potential corporate women leaders.” Taking Charge provides an essential guide for young, high potential women aiming to reach the top levels of large, global corporations.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 8, 2013 1:52 PM

“Taking Charge: A roadmap for a successful career and a meaningful life for high potential corporate women leaders.” Taking Charge provides an essential guide for young, high potential women aiming to reach the top levels of large, global corporations.

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5 Cheap Ways To Motivate Employees

Looking for way to reward staff without spending a lot of money? Try letting your employees reward their colleagues.
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Your Employees are Engaged...REALLY? - Forbes

Your Employees are Engaged...REALLY? - Forbes | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"Recently, I dropped in on an innovative workspace for one of my software technology clients– it's a very cool office space. An open-plan, communal space with worktables in rows, very low partitions between areas, and no private offices."

 

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"Here are my top 5 questions which help construct the WHYS of employee engagement for leaders.

 

1) Why am I here?

2) Why should I trust you leadership?

3) Why should I be loyal to your company?

4) Why don’t you communicate your company values?

5) Why aren’t you clear about the rewards of working in this company?"

 

Read the rest of this article by Meghan Biro. Important questions leaders should consider....


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4 Hidden Signs of a Healthy Company

4 Hidden Signs of a Healthy Company | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"Your balance sheet alone won't tell you if your company is thriving or on the verge of failure. Here's what you really need to look out for."

 

A solid reminder of what makes a company healthy. Read more to gain insights into the 4 signs:

 

- Organic talent

- Constructive conflict

- Outside lives

- Sane pay

 


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Asking Questions for Organizational Transformation

Asking Questions for Organizational Transformation | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.
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