All too often, the s.m.a.r.t. goal setting process is simply a word smith exercise to maintain the the status quo. Learn the real art of s.m.a.r.t. in this post.
Gallup has done much work in this area and their research shows that roughly 70% of the variance in employee engagement is linked to the experiences they have with their boss. A bad boss is good business, unfortunately not for the boss’s company!
The performance appraisal is the single most important meeting of the year because it is the “sacred intersection” that connects the talent, effort, aspirations, and growth of your people with the organizational strategy and future of the company. Recognizing and honoring this “sacred intersection” is fundamental to people engagement and organizational success. You cannot fake it and simply go through the motions. It demands that you make an ownershift.
More is not always better. Adding new initiatives to your strategic agenda before having the difficult conversations about what to take out, leads to an overstuffed strategy that does not perform.
Many people are trying to manage too much, afraid to let go or simply say no. Instead of managing a few things well, they struggle and stress with many things, none which is done exceptionally well. This fear of letting go can infect people, teams, and entire organizations. Here’s how to let go of what’s holding you and your team back so you can focus on what really matters.
Intellectual integrity is the ability to see the world as it is, not as you want it to be. This means not doing what you WANT to do, but rather what NEEDS to be done, serving the interests of your organization first.
Organizations use sophisticated tools such as 360-degree feedback processes and multi-rater feedback inventories, yet none of these work as well as someone speaking to those people in the leader’s immediate environment and playing that feedback back to the leader, in some cases, anonymously, yet concretely.
For action oriented, results-driven executives, it is very easy to jump into business issues too deeply and overlook what is happening in the leadership team. How does the oxygen mask rule lead to better performance in your leadership team?
Most people don’t learn to fail better. And if we can’t fail better, we don’t improve. If we don’t improve, we get left in the dust, If you are struggling to learn from your failures, make sure that fail to the third degree.