Rethinking The “Ideal” Employee

Lead Change Blog

My employer suggested putting home telephone numbers on our business cards. But let’s assume for a minute that a company has articulated measurable business objectives—not the pie-in-the-sky fluff that many organizations pass off as a “vision.”

Gamification to Increase Employee Motivation and Engagement

Rapid BI

As organizations have become more focused on business objectives, gamification has increased because it can help the workplace become more engaging and productive. Management access authenticity Employee Engagement game mechanics gamification LMS management fad motivation neuroscience power productivity SAPS model statusCan you really use gamification to increase employee motivation and engagement? Is gamification just the latest management fad?

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Sometimes “Small Data” Is Enough to Create Smart Products

Harvard Business Review

When thinking about practical applications for artificial intelligence in your business, it’s easy to assume that you need vast amounts of data to get started. There are three main steps: Set goals that tie back to business objectives. Setting goals with a cross-functional team that tie back to business objectives is a critical step to any undertaking, and AI is no exception. Every company has a data set with unique value to their business.


Culture by Design: The Essentials

N2Growth Blog

Regardless of the methods used, or whom you choose to do the work with, you’ll want to be sure to create these key work products: 1. Last week, we published the first installment of our 3-part series on company culture.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

the business, and ultimately contribute to the organization’s innovation. words, actively encourage employees from all parts of the business to lean. can ask questions about anything – the business, new product offerings, and so on. that can really impact the business.

Effective Handling of Employee Personal Problems is Critical to Maintaining Workforce Efficiency

Strategy Driven

Employers must be concerned about the stress levels of their work force as it can have a damaging impact on employee productivity. Personal problems can hinder the job performance of employees who are traditionally productive causing them to under-perform.

The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

The late French author Andre Maurois once said, “Business is a combination of sport and war.” In business, your competitor is the enemy. From my experience, these six characteristics encapsulate the competitive business culture. I ’m an extremely competitive person.

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Ready, Set, GOals!

Women on Business

From there it was an instantaneous leap to thinking about business goals for the coming year. How many business planning meetings did you have? What contributions did you/your business make to the community? Business Development Marketing Personal Development Sales Strategy

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Tips For Running A More Efficient Business

Strategy Driven

The less time and energy you waste on a daily basis, the more smoothly your business will run and the more you’ll get done. Run a more efficient business when you pay attention to a few aspects in particular and are proactive about making changes to how you’re currently functioning.

Quality: Setting Right Goals


Most improvement initiatives are heavily focused on internal goals – increasing productivity/efficiency, eliminating waste, reducing defects/costs and so on. Customer C cares a lot about user-friendliness of the product while Customer D is looking for an overall quality of experience delivered. Each one of these customers carry a different perception of quality based on their specific business needs and experiences. Metrics: Are They Mapped With Your Business Objectives?

Company Culture Metrics Employers Must Track In The Digital Age

HR Digest

Company culture has been intrinsically tied to the success of every business across the globe. But then, it has often been difficult to align company cultures with business objectives. The creation of company culture is to help establish a good and happy place of work for employers and employees, as well as to enhance productivity. An ecosystem of culture and productivity is hardly complete without a structured wellness policy.

Businesses Don’t Fail – Leaders Do

N2Growth Blog

Why do businesses fail? If you’re willing to strip away all the excuses, explanations, rationalizations, and justifications for business failures, and be really honest in your analysis, you’ll find only one plausible reason - poor leadership.

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Teams and Thinking Style

Coaching Tip

Organizations are increasingly relying on the collective power of teams to meet today’s business demands, but many teams aren’t living up to their full potential. In addition, leaders, OD professionals and others can apply the data to strategically align thinking resources with business objectives and challenges. Team Thinking in a New Light, (at [link] ) discusses how to apply the latest research on thinking and team effectiveness to achieve specific business objectives.

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Filling Critical Organizational Roles

Coaching Tip

Sad to say, I think many HR executives would tell you that their Training and Development efforts tend to go off in different directions, and aren’t always aligned with the organization’s specific business objectives. Interact with Employees and Impact Productivity.

How Does Private Equity Investing Work?

Women on Business

When starting or running a business, there are many ways in which to invest in the business. There are a number of business loans that can be taken out for start-up expenses or established business to expand. If it is a non-profit company, there are thousands of grants that can be secured to fund the costs of the business. One type of funding that may not be known to many business owners is the use of private equity. Expand an established business. •

The Rainmaker Fab Five Blog Picks of the Week

Sales Wolf Blog

 Michael recently attended the Business Growth Expo where Jack Santiago of Disney shed some light on their approach to people management and shares the key points he took away from Jack's presentation. 

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What are the Best Collaboration Options for Modern Businesses?

Strategy Driven

As businesses increasingly move their operations to digital platforms, and in particular to cloud space, even the most traditional staples of running an organization are being improved by embracing technology. Try Dropbox for Business. Which tools does your business use?

What’s Behind the Leadership Deficit? My Interview with APQC

Great Leadership By Dan

APQC’s (American Productivity & Quality Center) ElissaTucker recently interviewed me for an article published on their site on March 4 called “The "Secrets" of Leadership Development. Given that, every organization needs to put a different emphasis on critical competencies that are needed to achieve their business objectives. It’s a “connect the dots” exercise: Business strategy X requires leadership competencies A, B, C, and D.

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The Case for Investing More in People

Harvard Business Review

Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. ” There is a virtuous cycle between productivity and people: Higher levels of productivity allow society to reinvest in human capital (most obviously, though not exclusively, via higher wages), and smart investments result in higher labor productivity. Productivity in most developed economies has been anemic.

44 Content Marketing Agencies Defined by 65 Marketers

Miles Anthony Smith

According to Forbes , “Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience – with the objective of driving profitable customer action.”

Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do to Help

Harvard Business Review

And, in my experience working with leaders across the globe, you can reach business objectives while improving the lives of employees. They then experimented with transforming their own production line using the new techniques. In two weeks, the production team made lean manufacturing their own, reducing internal defects by 30% and improving productivity by 25%. Leadership Managing people Productivity Psychology Digital ArticleBrandon Lyon/Getty Images.

Coaching Culture: The Art and Science of Success #IndiaHRChat


Better coaching = Better team/business results = Satisfied Customers = Better Bottom lines. - – - – -. Coaching increases performance, productivity and job satisfaction at all levels. - – - – -. "I

Are You Motivating the Wrong Person?

You're Not the Boss of Me

You don’t need a business management degree to understand that motivation is different for every person and that the key is to make sure you are motivating the right person in the right way. Delegating is beneficial to an organization only if it’s done strategically and with clear objectives.

The Big Picture of Business: Putting Budgeting Into Perspective, The Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning

Strategy Driven

Frame of reference is everything in business. Different people within the same organization have contrasting views as to the Business They’re Really In. The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. Running the business.

Do You Work In a “Just Make the Date” Culture?

The Idolbuster

Last post talked about the impact of corporate culture on my decisions leading a team that launched a product way before it was ready. This was more of the garden variety business as, if not quite usual, certainly not all that unusual. Corporate Idolatry Is Not The Same As Business Ethics . [i] i] The Ethical Enterprise: A global Study of Business Ethics 2005-2015 (2005) American Management Association.

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. One of the ways in which you can optimize your business activities would be the focus and attention to detail that a checklist can stimulate. Here is my own business success checklist that will help you optimize your activities for a more efficient and purpose oriented endeavor. Business Success Checklist. The business you’re in.

The Big Picture of Business – Doing Your Best Work on Deadlines: Mobilizing the Energy for Best Business Success

Strategy Driven

The production was The Sound of Music , starring Carrie Underwood. The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. The Business Tree™ has 7 major parts… 5 primary branches, a trunk (6) and the base (7): The business you’re in.

Want To Create SMART Objectives? Here’s How

Strategy Driven

No matter what type of business you have, you’ll need to set clear objectives quarterly or annually. Specific: You need to ensure that you’re setting very specific objectives. Measurable: When creating your objectives, you should also make them measurable.


The Basic Social Media Mistakes Companies Still Make

Harvard Business Review

Over 90% of medium and large businesses have used social media in their marketing for five years or longer. ” But countless businesses have done just that with social media. Later, marketers found themselves working backward to connect their social strategy to business strategy, as managers demanded greater proof of ROI. The first is to start with social media objectives. After all, how much is that like, comment, or share actually worth to your business?

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Seven must-haves of a marketing communication strategy

Strategy Driven

As an owner of your business, your first and foremost goal is to attract maximum revenues and sales. Unless you master this skill, your business will always go through uncertain scenarios and yearn for stability. Which age group and gender are more inclined towards your products?

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The Big Picture of Business – Planning and Budgeting in Downsized Times

Strategy Driven

The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. The Business Tree™ has 7 major parts… 5 primary branches, a trunk (6) and the base (7): The business you’re in. Running the business. Business development. Productivity gained.

Understanding Customers in the Solution Economy

Harvard Business Review

Companies in all varieties of B2B markets have moved beyond selling products and services to offering complete "solutions" to their customers. For customers, these solutions offer better value than the products and services that went before.

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Earn Customer Loyalty Without Losing Your Shirt

Harvard Business Review

We have a business to run, and we have to make money. The bank has a framework within which every employee understands the business objectives of earning customer loyalty, and where every business practice is designed to encourage both systematic and spontaneous attempts to wow customers. Because employees are deeply involved in figuring out how to meet fundamental business objectives.

Earn Customer Loyalty Without Losing Your Shirt

Harvard Business Review

We have a business to run, and we have to make money. The bank has a framework within which every employee understands the business objectives of earning customer loyalty, and where every business practice is designed to encourage both systematic and spontaneous attempts to wow customers. Because employees are deeply involved in figuring out how to meet fundamental business objectives.

How B2B Marketers Can Get Started with Social Media

Harvard Business Review

That’s because not all social media discussion revolves around B2C products. Sell in by connecting the benefits of social media marketing to the concerns and objectives of your organization. Many B2B CEOs still believe that social media isn’t right for them.

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Fix Your Social Media Strategy by Taking It Back to Basics

Harvard Business Review

The first step isn’t about social media at all: Identify your business objectives and target market. Also consider your industry, the recent performance of the brand, and the current traditional marketing promotions for the product and its competitors.

What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

Harvard Business Review

To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their big data initiatives. Instead they were forming teams of people with quantitative, computational, or business expertise backgrounds. That is an essential task, but it will be an unproductive fishing expedition unless a company has a business problem in mind.

Your Content Marketing Strategy Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Harvard Business Review

It’s easy to nod along, roll up the sleeves, and dive headfirst into the content marketing business. It also helps us ensure that our content is both business centric and customer aware. When it comes to your content strategy, your why is your business objective.

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Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Harvard Business Review

Business is moving too fast. We find that the most forward-thinking companies are identifying and growing leaders in the midst of pursuing critical business objectives, as opposed to sending them off to far-flung educational programs and hoping they return with “big” insights about themselves and the world. Both seek to create an environment where employees can pursue innovative business offerings to address problems that are personally meaningful.

Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time

Harvard Business Review

A better metric is how many products you sell as a result of tweeting a link to your purchase path. Note the word "relevant," which refers to recurring sales in your core business. These metrics are valuable because they measure success at your core business.

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Get More from Your Event Spending

Harvard Business Review

Event marketing is currently a very expensive and sloppy process in most firms because the relevant information is fragmented, difficult to assemble, and the “database” is often a pile of business cards. So consider what more productive event spending means for the bottom line.

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Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back

Harvard Business Review

When we analyzed a sample of performance evaluations of men and women across three high-tech companies and a professional services firm, we found that women consistently received less feedback tied to business outcomes. Set a goal to discuss three specific business outcomes with all employees.

7 Steps to Deliver Better Customer Experiences

Harvard Business Review

And the merchandising vice president had difficulty understanding why “product” was one of the categories we were discussing. And since then, countless case studies and analyses have been published about the importance of optimizing a business around the customer experience.

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