Vision! Steve Jobs had it. Walt Disney had it. George Washington — although less educated than either Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin — saw what this country could become and led the nation to accept his vision and follow him into its future.
According to a survey published this month by Right Management, 83% of employees said they are actively seeking a new position for 2014. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study earlier this year found that 70% of workers are not engaged or actively disengaged and emotionally disconnected from their workplaces, and thus less likely to be productive. Gallup’s research also finds that engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success.
Here are three workplace trends that are likely to keep employees engaged and retained in 2014:
The paradox of leadership ... "First Who…Then What — Rather than beginning by setting a new vision, or strategy, our paradoxical Leader will instead ensure that firstly they have the, “right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats”: And then they figure out where to drive it"
As this year winds down, I’m preoccupied with the question of how I can be more effective next year. My historical method, and the process I’ve started for 2014, has been to create a plan – complete with goals, strategies and tactics.
“You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” - Harry (When Harry Met Sally) She doesn’t think she’s high-maintenance. After all, she’s just trying to do her job.
Work-life balance? Forget it. The author is serious. It’s a misnomer and it can set you up for failure. Work-life balance implies that if you spend a set amount of time on your work, you’ll have to spend that same amount of time on whatever else makes up your life – personal time, physical fitness, family, parenthood, hobbies, etc.
There's no such thing as "work-life balance" ... it's a myth that leads to mediocrity.
Olympic athletes, the world's most creative artists and authors, inventors who change the world, and the most profound transformational leaders do not achieve such greatness by living a life in "balance." Instead, they choose to align and prioritize their life, both work and non-work, with the pursuit of their passions.
Many leaders see their role as directing and giving information, rather than gathering. There is pressure to “come up with the answer” quickly or risk looking weak. Too many new leaders believe they’re expected to know the answer without input or guidance. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Sam Harris, an American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the "now" of the future. This video asks viewers to live for each and every moment.
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being.
Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
Knowledge is the result of information and action. Yet, knowledge of actions taken is still not wisdom. It is in the reflective process that we are able to see if the knowledge used and actions taken have produced something of value and worth.
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