Who doesn’t love a good story? I know I do. Especially one that inspires me to think differently or incites me to do something.
I also like to find stories elsewhere… especially ones that have personal meaning to the people who tell it. Every company has a story and the best way tell it is through the people who LIVE it. READ THE FULL POST
Idea #1: Concentrate High-Engagement Leadership At The Employee Management Level
Employee surveys consistently show that the single most important factor in employee engagement is an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager. In fact, employees don’t leave companies; they leave their managers. And they’re willing to do this despite tough economic conditions.
According to HR Magazine, engaged employees perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave an organization. So, managers and team leaders need to become expert relationship builders and they need to learn how to nourish and sustain those relationships over time. READ THE FULL POST
Internal communications is a critical success factor for effective organizational
change and employee engagement.
Without effective internal communications, poorly planned and managed communications, as well as change management programs, will almost certainly fail to meet expectations with the business, senior leaders, and employees. In fact, rather than creating positive change and employee engagement, the opposite can happen, ultimately creating employee disengagement.
This means the way organizations approach, structure and drive internal communications
sets the stage for the success of effective change and employee engagement. READ THE FULL POST
Original source: The Daily Infographic
Communication is the process of conveying information. Almost all species have some sort of communication system. However, successful communication is the trait that has made humans the most successful species.
This infographic shows a timescale of how communication has evolved over time. It’s hard to imagine communication long before the hustle and bustle of email and text messaging. Technological communication has grown exponentially, leaving snail mail to be a thing of the past. READ THE FULL POST
At the tail end of last year, I spoke at the Internal Social Media Forum in Madrid, Spain, where I met Luis Saurez, Knowledge Manager, Community Builder & Social Computing Evangelist in the IBM Software Group division. Two and a half years ago, he developed plan to show his coworkers just how dependent they really were on e-mail, emphasizing how many times a day they were compelled to check it, and proving that it was no longer a productivity tool, but a procrastinator’s best friend. He’s advocated for social software to replace e-mail as the go-to communication method. And in fact, in less than three years, he’s been able to reduce 90% of his incoming e-mail by communicating through social software. READ THE FULL POST
A long time ago, a former boss gave me some sound advice: Seek first to understand, Then to be understood.
Do you recognize it? I call it the Talking Stick rule, but some of you might recognize it as Habit 5 of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. READ THE FULL POST