As bureaucracies are flattened and autonomy and decision-making are pushed further and further down into the organization, listening becomes, not just important, but vital. Listening or Hearing, the Importance of Listening – “Are you listening to me?” This question is often asked because the speaker thinks the listener is nodding off or daydreaming. We sometimes… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Actively Engaged Workers
Generation Y (Born 1981-2000), is called the Echo generation, a name they acquired because they closely echo their Boomer parents’ attributes and characteristics. The Echo Generation is the result of parents who felt guilty about how they raised their Xer children and were devoted to this generation and its needs, in a real way becoming… Read more »
We’re told to “be a good listener,” but what does that mean? Have you ever actually studied your own listening habits? Effective leaders are not the best talkers. They have fulfilled career goals by being the best listeners. Words aren’t enough. When you’re listening, pay conscious attention to facial expressions and body language. This information… Read more »
With more generations working together than ever before, you can often find advice for working with Gen X, Gen Y, or Millennials. But if you’re just entering the workforce, how do you feel about working with people the age of your older siblings, parents or even grandparents? Here’s how to build a strong career in… Read more »
If you want people to think, give them intent, not instructions. There’s no reason to waste important time and energy admonishing your team members about what’s been done. Instead, clarify your expectations to show your team how they can accomplish goals or how a particular employee can achieve his or her objectives. Communicate clearly and… Read more »
The term “professionalism” means many things, depending on the situation. So what does professionalism actually mean? Is it the number of degrees you hold, your job title, or certifications? How about your dress, or the way you present yourself and resolve conflicts? It can be all of these. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines professionalism as “the… Read more »
The behavior, traits and learning styles of four generations in one workplace create unique challenges to leaders and organizations. Industry leaders learn to leverage those differences. Employee Development Systems, Inc. provides programs that help all generations improve professionalism in the workplace and increasing personal effectiveness, giving them the tools they need to successfully communicate with… Read more »
With our busy lives, we’re all looking for the silver bullet to increase productivity and personal effectiveness. However, beware of spinning your wheels with “busyness.” Legendary coach John Wooden said, “Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” Are you achieving or just lining up busy days with activities? Maybe you don’t need a new organizational system or… Read more »
Christine Riordan’s article, “Foster A Culture of Gratitude,” highlights three ways research shows how leaders can create a culture of gratitude when they develop, involve, and celebrate employees on a constant basis. Help Others Develop. Employees feel more engaged in the company culture when they have opportunities for growth and development. Conduct a survey… Read more »
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