Every two weeks we bring you opinion, news and research on Employee Engagement, Leadership and Organisational Performance, along with some thoughts on practical workplace applications.
Editorial: Turning Common Sense into Common Practice
A reviewer of ‘The 4 Disciplines of Execution’ wrote “A whole book dedicated to the bleedin’ obvious, focus on the inputs to get the outputs you want down the road, and stay focused. There you go, no need to get this book now!”
At one level the reviewer is right. The principles taught in this book are fundamentally obvious and very simple. But… experience shows that common sense does not always translate into common practice; that’s why books such as ‘The 4 Disciplines of Execution’ matter. The reviewer misses the point (indeed, one can’t help wondering if he has actually read it!): it’s not about knowing something – it’s about doing something, doing it right, and doing it consistently. And that’s where people so frequently fail – at the turning of knowledge into effective action.
The beginning of a new year is always a good time to review one’s current practice and focus one’s energy on things that will matter most – your Wildly Important Goals – or WIGs – as Covey and co. call them. But there’s no point doing so unless your activity is consciously focused on turning them into reality. Our blog this week picks up this theme in more detail – see below.
All of us at Emenex wish you a happy, prosperous and WIG-focused year in 2017!
 Covey, S., McChesney, C. and Huling, J. The 4 Disciplines of Execution, Simon & Schuster
Blog: Live Your Dream in 2017!
At this time of year, we tend to reflect on the last 12 months and look ahead with “a perfect brightness of hope in anticipation of achieving things that we have failed at in the past by setting new goals. Reality is, however, that for most of us, within a couple of weeks our New Year goals lie dashed upon the rocks of our optimism as we fall back into old patterns of behaviour that produce similar results as before.
Organisations tend to be no different to us individuals. The NHS published its “Five-Year Forward View” in April 2016 with an associated document for General Practice; and as admirable as the statement of the future is, what is key to its achievement will not be the strategic narrative by itself, but the new actions that will be taken.
By working back from the 5-year horizon and asking ourselves the questions: to achieve this 5-year vision, what will I need to do in 3 years?, 1 year?, 6 months? and 3 months?, this approach may then present a different set of actions to those that we would have decided upon if we simply planned the next 3 months and year from what we are accustomed to doing today.
A set of skills that can help us to change our behaviour are presented in “The 4 Disciplines of Execution”
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Responding to the demands to have a coherent mission-led business strategy, the government recently commissioned a report into mission-led businesses. The aim of On a Mission in the UK Economy, published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and with the advice of many leading business leaders, was to assess the current data on UK mission-led businesses and to set a vision for future recommendations.
The facts are clear, claims the publication real business. Since 2010, the importance of “purpose” as a purchasing factor has risen 26 per cent globally and the growth rate of brands identified as “responsible” is nearly double that of conventional brands. Evidence also suggests that Millennials are increasingly looking to work in organisations that have a clear purpose rather than just a career ladder.
HR Trends for 2017
From Rita Trehan at HR Magazine, here are some trends that will ‘affect HR greatly in the coming year.’ She starts with the retirement of baby boomers. According to Forbes, more than 3.6 million baby boomers are set to leave the global marketplace, and more than 25% of the millennial workforce will step up to management, bringing with them a different style of management that will make its way in to the workplace.
[One topic close to our heart, and highlighted by Trehan is Personal Branding -Ed.] Employees are working on expanding and nurturing their own personal brand, sometimes to the help or hindrance of their employer. How HR handles this explosion of personalities will be a top line item in 2017, as social media platforms and their stars stay at the front of the marketing and talent management conversations.
Read much more from Trehan here.
Be a Better Boss with these Expert Tips
Managers (including those who run or work within a small business) put in an extra 29 days of work per year and have reported rising levels of stress, according to the Chartered Management Institute’s 2016 Quality of Working Life study. How can they relieve some of the pressure? What’s the secret to striking a balance between running an efficient business and supporting staff?
The Guardian newspaper tackled these questions and more during their recent live Q&A on how to be a good boss. In this December article they’ve captured some reader questions and presented respones from the likes of the ILM, CIPD, Federation of Small Businesses, plus insights from industry, including Kia Motors, UK.
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