Category Archives: Management

The one word that every people leader needs to add to their vocabulary

There is a Harvard Business Review article published back in 2014 entitled “Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word.”  In summary, the research calls attention to the fact humans are relational beings and being relational means living in relation to others in recognition of an interconnectedness with others.  As a people leader we want high employee engagement, high performance, and outstanding results.  In order to achieve this we must motivate those around us.  So as human beings, what gives us a feeling of being connected?…Working or knowing we are together.

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Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success

If you know anything about me, then you know I am motivated by the opportunity to learn new things. I just recently read a great book that provided some unique perspectives and helpful reminders. If you have time for a quick read, check out Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success by Joe Jordan.

Here are some of my highlights from the reading…

  • “Take the time to find a corporate culture that suits you.”
    • In my opinion, this hasn’t been top-of-mind for most Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers. Millennials seem to be prioritizing this more and I think they are onto something. In order for us to be our authentic selves, it helps to be in a comfortable environment which aligns to who we are, what we believe, and how we behave.
  • Take risks and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.
    • This seems to be harder to do with age, but it is absolutely part of living a fulfilled life.
  • “A Carnegie Mellon University study found that brain activation for listening dropped 53 percent if the person listening tried to process a visual input at the same time.”
    • As much as we would like to be or think we are, we can’t really multi-task!
  • “Your future resides where preparation intersects with opportunity.”
    • Life is a journey and we must continue to push ourselves in preparation for the opportunities that will come our way. Opportunities will come, but will we be prepared to recognize them and act on them (take a risk)?
  • “No one has your abilities, strengths, and experience in the same package as you. Your blend of accomplishments, personality, and expertise are your differentiators.”
    • Great perspective.
  • “Whatever your skill set, your greatest competitive edge is being authentically you.”
    • We need to embrace what it is that we know the most.
  • “The success of any enterprise always depends on people. Be wary of corporate leaders that use terms to describe people that could interchangeably describe a piece of equipment.”
  • “Many people die with their music still in them.”

Be Bold and Reorganize Differently

Whether you are reading the summary of Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report that emphasizes the advantages of the Team of Teams concept or you are reading Jeff Bezo’s latest annual shareholder letter that highlights the need for Amazon to retain its high-velocity decision making, one thing is clear, companies must rethink their existing organizational strategy.

Most businesses are not built on the successes of their business functions (e.g., marketing, IS, purchasing, legal, HR, etc…), but they are built on their successful implementation and execution of unique business processes. So why do so many companies today still organize by function? It’s the business processes (and in some cases the technology) that are likely setting you apart from other companies and providing a competitive advantage!

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