As mentioned in a previous article, The Power of Small Wins, studies show that when people can see that they are making tangible progress every step of the way and experience "small wins", they become more engaged and productive. These "small wins" are the incremental steps toward longer term goals.
We dream of better futures, so we set Big Hairy Audacious Goals for our personal lives and our organizations, and work diligently toward their achievement. But because the due dates for our BHAGs are so far into the future, it is a rare event when we actually get to feel the thrill and satisfaction of achieving these long-term goals.
I read an interesting article in the New York Times recently by Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project. I recognized the name and recalled reading a great book of his 10 years ago on how to manage personal energy called, The Power of Full Engagement.
Management guru Gary Hamel has stated that “bureaucracy must die” and that “top down control is toxic.”
The last few weeks have seen me working remotely from locations in the USA (San Francisco) and throughout New Zealand (Oamaru, Hamilton, and Auckland). Even though I have been working remotely for many years now, I still have to pinch myself from time to time and reaffirm my gratitude for the technologies that allow me to perform my role and continue to work with clients no matter where in the world I am located.
One of the books that has impacted me the most in recent years is How will you measure your life? by Harvard Professor, Clayton Christensen (of The Innovator’s Dilemma fame)
Company culture. It isn’t about the fluffy stuff. Company Culture is completely about your bottom-line [helpful infographic enclosed].
So. What does transparency mean? In its simplest sense, being transparent in business means clear, unhindered honesty – so zero hidden agendas or conditions and making information available to everyone.
Researchers started studying the relationship between worker hours and productivity during WW2 when Britain was trying to maximize the efficiency and output of munitions plants in order to quickly supply weapons to the troops on the front lines. Factories pushed their workers to the limit in an effort to maximize wartime production.
Core values serve as the building block for a strong company culture. It might be an exaggerated comparison, but core values are like your company’s version of the “ten commandments.” They help provide your company direction and serve as its moral compass.
Since implementing the RESULTS.com software, communication between staff members regarding reaching targets and goals has improved ten-fold. (There is also healthy competition with the new “gamificiation” feature!)
Tania Young – Director – BRAVEday
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