Far too many organizations spend too much of their time and money trying to figure out why their employees are leaving. Maybe the question they should be asking themselves is “why would they want to stay?”
Turnover costs are a fact of life, and some are harder to quantify than others – like losing a great employee that was really starting to make a difference in the business. I think the best way to start reducing turnover is to look at some of the causes. (more…)
Finding and keeping talented employees is at or near the top of nearly every senior leadership survey I’ve seen lately. Seems like the time should be right for the talent management gurus to show off their stuff and make a bundle. Throw a bunch of money at it and see what that gets you.
Guess what leaders? Your talent doesn’t want to be managed any more than you do.
They want you to put your leadership pants and skirts on and create a work environment where they’re motivated and challenged to do exceptional work.
In short, lead them! (more…)
Change is simple; just close your eyes, hold your breath, and wait. It happens.
Effective change management, on the other hand, takes some skill. From my view of the world, 3 things are necessary for senior executives to successfully drive positive change:
- Belief and commitment. You gotta believe — really believe — that what you are doing is right and appropriate, using a variety of litmus tests. Mid-management, supervisors, and/or line employees will quickly detect if your commitment is anything but resolute.Change management isn’t for the weak at heart, so strap in, point the way, and hold the course (I always wanted to use that line).
Communication can be difficult to define. What does it mean? Is it a simple communication flow between two people? Is it a conversation involving more than two people? Regardless, I don’t see communications as a separate, distinct effort, but something that’s imbedded in each of the other leadership competencies. Effective communication is still one of the easiest ways to increase success in the organization, and something we should focus on intently.
Keep it Simple
A formal communications plan is probably unnecessary. But I do think a solid communications effort is critical for maintaining important relationships. Sometimes it can be as simple as sitting down with someone and saying “I’m not sure I’m communicating with you effectively. What’s the best way? Can we exchange e-mail every now and then or talk face to face?” The point is, communications doesn’t have to be formalized or structured, if there’s a problem, simply address it. (more…)
So you’ve made some pretty significant gains, but you still can’t reach that next level. Stop your whining. It’s not rocket science. The good news is, you’re not alone. It’s just an inability to communicate sincerely – giving and receiving feedback – not earth shattering stuff here, but critical for your success as a leader nonetheless. (more…)
In today’s business climate, where rapid change, technological breakthroughs and improvements define the quest for high performance, are middle-managers making a comeback—having a renaissance of sorts? The short answer is “yes.” The longer response includes some discussion around our success (if any) in eliminating their utility in the first place.