Expert Network - October 2012
A story is told of the Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, and how he was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments.
Yet even Wellington realized his methods left something to be desired. In his old age, a young lady asked him what, if anything, he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment, and then replied, “I’d give more praise.”
As you evaluate your leadership style and your daily opportunities to add value to the lives of those around you, are you taking advantage of the openings presented to you to make that difference? Here are five leadership statements that should never be left unsaid.
“Great job” -- A leader comfortable in his own skin has no problem giving credit where it is due, and recognizing the work of team members who make success possible. The withholding of praise or encouragement is detrimental to the morale of the team and creates negative energy.
On vacation, it's easy to let our daily routines go to the wayside. We enjoy eating at nice restaurants, being waited on, and having access to the luxuries we don't normally get in our daily life. All of that is fine. But it’s nice to know that the hotels you are staying at are taking steps to protect our environment. If this is an important matter to you when vacationing, here are some suggestions of hotels that do make the effort and are continually looking for ways to make their hotel eco-friendly.
The World Bank suggests that if the United States fiscal cliff is not averted it would reduce U.S. growth by 2.2 percent and global growth by 1 percent. It does not stop there as the World Bank also mentioned that we could see a 5 percent decline in U.S. import volumes, a 6 percent decline in oil prices, a 2 percent drop in metal prices, and a 1 percent drop in food commodity prices.
The stakes are high and the world would be the victim should the Republicans and Democrats not come to a solution regarding our debt. U.S. citizens, regardless of party affiliation, want to see progress. Anything short of that would cost us dearly -- to avoid solving this problem head-on could cause a ripple effect impacting real GDP of high income and developing countries in 2013. Not to mention this would again paint the U.S. as the 400-pound gorilla who can’t climb a tree to find its supper.
A Gallup report revealed what many have believed about teamwork for quite some time. The world’s top performing organizations understand that employee engagement is a force that drives performance outcomes. In the best organizations, engagement is more than a human resource initiative -- it is a strategic foundation for the way they do business.The commitment of these top companies to a purposeful strategic plan that places an emphasis on employee engagement is not just lip service, but a fundamental component of its operation. The report highlights that in world-class organizations, the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is 9.57.1 whereas in average organizations, the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is 1.83.1.One shining example of an organization that understands the power of teamwork is the Mayo Clinic.