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Boosting Engagement – Making Decisions

5 Nov

 

 

 

When I began consulting in organizations, that would be when Moby Dick was a minnow, we often heard the term participation, then somehow it morphed into involvement (I  liked this one better); then it  morphed into empowerment (I didn’t like this one at all) and now it has morphed into engagement (pretty good). What do these synonyms mean? Mary Kay Asche wrote a wonderful management book about 20+ years ago entitled “Mary Kay On People Management.” Full of common sense, practical, do-it-tomorrow advice. Here is her definition of the above terms: PEOPLE SUPPORT WHAT THEY HELP CREATE.

Ain’t it easy? Nope! How do you do it? One way is by understanding the nature of decision making in organization, having a repertory of each of the four and knowing when to use them appropriately. To see how go to Boosting Engagement – Making Decisions.

 

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Why You Hate Work

11 Jun

 

An excellent article in the New York Times with a catchy but lousy title. Should be called How to create a workplace that believes people are:

  •  Are smart.
  • Want to do good work.
  • Know what’s wrong and want to to fix it.

It’s a good read.

 

 

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Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

15 Jan

The New York Times Magazine is an interesting document.  Some years ago they had an article about the fact that the fewer fats we eat the more obese we become. The focus on weight loss was on fats, yet we evolved as hunter-gatherers i.e. meat and berries. Carbohydrates are like cocaine to people because they were rare in our evolving diet. What an obvious but important insight.

Here is an article about people in organizations that may also become an interesting and important insight.  Simply this: how you treat your employees is how they treat the customers.

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