How to Make Your Next 12 Months Your Best 12 Months

Kevin Eikenberry

After all, why wait until the New Year to think about your goals and plans? If you’re still not sure – you can start with more than 20 short videos I created discussing questions people ask about goals.

Organizing Syrian Refugees

CEO Blog

As with any project - start with the goal. "To One thing this project allows is for people to give back and allowing people that opportunity makes them better people. So just because someone works on the education team does not mean they might not help the housing team with a painting project or do some driving etc. I will follow this up with other blog posts on FAQ's on each position, the checklists and forms we are using and updates on tweaks to the system

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Fulfilling Employee Needs – Ten Critical Issues for Leaders to.

The Recovering Engineer

Subscribe to Receive Updates Home About This Blog Archives Great Reading Contact Me my business about me Communication Skills Persuasion DISC Model Family Relationships Parenting Leadership Skills Post Series Reflections Decision Making From Our Cats Personal Change Resolving Conflict Problem Solving Video Browse > Home / Leadership Skills / Fulfilling Employee Needs – Ten Critical Issues for Leaders to Remember Fulfilling Employee Needs – Ten Critical Issues for Leaders to Remember September 23, 2010 by Guy Harris Filed under Leadership Skills 2 Comments One sure way to kill a team is for the leader to be insensitive to or unaware of the needs of their team. In the picture above, the woman is fighting to get her need for air met. Until the need is met, she probably cannot possibly think about anything else. Employees, team members, group members — whatever you call them — can be like the woman in the picture. When their needs are not met, they find it difficult — if not impossible — to focus on anything else. Leaders who learn work in ways that fulfill employee needs will get better results than those who do not. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with one of my long-time clients, the Montgomery County (Indiana) Leadership Academy. In the process, I was reminded of some insights on ths vital point by an exercise we did in a session on Servant Leadership. I had the class rank their top concerns with regard to interactions with their leaders. And the results struck me with how closely they matched similar data I’ve seen in other places. I found the results interesting. So, I thought I would share them with you. The Top 10 Things People Want from Their Leaders Trust Respect Appreciation To be listened to/Empathy Opportunities to grow Open communication Autonomy – the chance to make their own decisions A paycheck Challenging projects and goals Clear communication While I don’t want to offer too much detailed commentary on the list, I will say this: Even though the sample was small (about 18 people), it’s a good list. It falls short of a statistically valid study, and still it is highly instructive for leaders who want to learn. Overall, I see this list as indicating how leaders can focus their attention to fulfill employee needs most effectively. Notice that the first items are primarily about relationship. Even when the list starts shifting to personal development, task accomplishment and money issues, there are still relationship based items mixed in. By my count, 6 of the top 10 items are mainly relationship driven issues. I believe that all 10 of these items are important for leaders who want to fulfill employee needs. With that thought in mind, here’s my question: In your leadership role, are you investing in relationships with the people you lead? Photo by Gibson Claire McGuire Regester. If you liked this post, please tweet it, like it, share it, or leave a comment. For periodic email updates, special offers, and other occasional gifts available only to email subscribers, complete this form. Related posts: Two Great Learning Opportunities for Aspiring Leaders Employee Motivation: Interesting Ideas to Consider Conflict Resolution from John Wooden – What’s Right Not Who’s Right Group Problem Solving – Give People a Chance to Talk Communicating About Change – Connect With Emotions Tags: Leadership Skills , understanding people Guy Harris describes himself as a recovering engineer. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an engineer by nature, by training, and experience. He has spent many years learning to connect and communicate with other people more effectively. With concerted effort and focused study, he has become a Human Behavior and Conflict Resolution Specialist. He now enjoys speaking, writing, and teaching these relationship principles to others. — Learn More… Comments 2 Responses to “Fulfilling Employee Needs – Ten Critical Issues for Leaders to Remember&# Rich DiGirolamo says: September 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm Guy, Good points. I’d lump trust and respect and add training and development to the list. Employees are number one cost of a business yet T&D is the first thing slashed in lean times. Makes no sense. I just spoke at a conference where members from a local town were raffling off a vacation home to help raise training dollars. While innovative, it was sad. So sad. Reply Guy Harris says: September 24, 2010 at 8:29 am Hi Rich – Thanks for leaving your thoughts. 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15 Analytics Capabilities to Consider When Choosing Your Next Big Data Solution

The Kini Group

And analytics can never be a one-off project. Work Backward from Your Goals. Start with your business goals and then each team’s KPIs to meet these objectives. However, remember your goals for analysis.

What to Do When Your To-Do List Is Holding Up Your Team

Harvard Business Review

But whenever she was asked about the status of any project, all she could ever say was, “I’m working on it.” She calmed herself by working on each project a little. This scattered, shallow approach to managing multiple projects derailed Tara.

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Sell Your Product Before It Exists

Harvard Business Review

While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a wholly different business model: selling their product before it exists. There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding.

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