Each week we bring you news, opinions and research on Employee Engagement, Leadership and Motivation, along with some thoughts on practical workplace applications.
Becoming a Better Achiever
You don’t have to accept your past performance as a measure of your future performance.
When we consider jumping into the achievement cycle, we naturally think about the potential rewards. We think about the costs, the risks, and the potential disappointments too. Before you step forward to take the leap toward achievement, recognise that you can learn to become a better achiever, says Qandeel Tejani writing for Training. You don’t have to accept your past performance as a measure of your future performance! He expands upon these suggestions for becoming a better achiever:
- Don’t wait for the organization to figure out your motivators
- Keep in mind that a person’s motivation can change over time
- Don’t confuse the motivation to achieve with the high need for achievement that is an unhealthy addiction in some people
Go here to read more about these suggestions plus some underlying psychology, including Why Do People Pass Up an Opportunity to Achieve?
[Whilst a ‘position plateau’ can happen to anyone at work, a ‘contribution-plateau’ never needs to happen – Ed.]
Blog: Summer Reading Recommendations?
For the corporate leaders amongst us, McKinsey has recently published book recommendations that twelve international CEOs will be taking to the beach in the the coming months; including their own Dominic Barton. It’s an extensive and eclectic list that will appeal, no doubt, to many would-be corporate leaders too.
Most of us in work are not corporate leaders – or even aspire to be – but many more of us are managers of teams or smaller groups looking to attract new talent, enable strong personal development for every one in the team, and sustain a strong collective performance, over time, for the organisation.
If as managers we are not yet leaders, then for our fast changing world of work, we need to be. So says Jacob Morgan his book, The Future of Work (Wiley). He contrasts our expectations of managers in the past with his ten principles for managers of the future (which is probably already here!). Read them here.
[There’s so much in this book to guide organisations and equip employees for change in the world of work – Ed.]
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Letter to a Young Middle Manager
If you’ve ever seen a Dilbert cartoon, you know the term “middle manager” has a lot of baggage associated with it, writes Christin Rice for BlessingWhite. This type of disparagement is unfortunate, because the role of the middle manager in an organisation is one of the most critical for the long-term success of that organisation. If organisational strategy is set at the top, and the bottom is where that is supposed to transform into action, it’s the middle that holds all the strength or weakness in translating that strategy in a way that inspires, clarifies, and motivates those who will execute it.
Without a strong middle, organisations will fail. And yet, organisations often do not spend budget or energy on developing it. There seems to be an assumption that a leader who achieves that position already has what they need to succeed, when in fact that is most often just wishful thinking.
Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors
And talking of great leadership, this TED talk has had over 2.6m hits. Talgam – once a musician, now a ‘conductor of people’ – shares how an orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word, which he demonstrates by showing us the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors.
Crucial lessons for all leaders, and 20 minutes well spent even for a second viewing!
Engage by Design – London, 17 October
Engage for Success’s annual conference will convene Business & HR leaders to debate and discuss the barriers to implementation of a successful employee engagement strategy and talk through key steps to create engaging workplace cultures by design, not by chance. Go here to see what happened last year and register for this year’s event.
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