When you think of the word "agility," what ideas or synonyms come to mind? What about flexibility, speed, dexterity - words often used to describe high-performing athletes? What about "agility" in the workplace? Can the same words be used to describe the qualities of superior workers? Two increasingly-popular phrases, “talent agility” and “learning agility,” suggest they can and already are!
A Google search of the words "employee motivation" found 32,800,000 websites in .28 seconds. Though developing a program to successfully inspire your workers might take a bit more time and (hopefully) require fewer resources, it may be easier than you think!
Profiles International, Inc. introduced a new line of products at their 2014 Annual Convention this weekend, including a ProfileXT® report specifically designed to accelerate team performance.
Prior to his tragic assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. was viewed by many as a heretic, a false prophet, a deterrent who did little to boost the civil rights movement’s forward motion. His core message and ultimate hope, "...that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word," have since silenced Reverend King’s critics and now stand as testimony to his wisdom and foresight.
With about 1.15 billion monthly users, Facebook has become a major tool for job candidates and employers alike. Given the large number of active participants and the rich data available through Facebook, it’s no surprise that recruiters and hiring managers have taken notice.
Employee engagement is a top concern for U.S. companies today, and justifiably so. A finding from a recent Gallup report serves as testament to the growing focus on worker dedication: only 30% of the U.S. workforce is engaged, costing businesses an estimated $550 billion annually. The large-scale epidemic of disengagement within the American workforce has led many to panic, struggling to find solutions before it’s too late.
Good performance rarely happens by accident. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that coaching is a consistent and reliable management tool that creates an open line of communication and opportunities for growth. Experts advise managers to coach early and coach often: Early, to catch potential problems before they happen, and often, because continuous interest and feedback virtually guarantee better performance.
In the beginning of the movie Iron Man 2, Tony Stark welcomes the world and us, the viewers, to the fictional Stark Expo, a World’s-Fair like celebration of science and gadgetry founded by his father, Howard Stark. The elder Stark appears via old newsreel footage to encourage both the movie audience and us that, “Everything is achievable through technology…better living, robust health, and for the first time in human history, the possibility of world peace.”
The National Institute of Justice recently published a study comparing the cost-savings and benefits associated with various scheduling strategies for police officers. As noted in this month's The Police Chief, the findings hold promise for agencies looking to control costs without sacrificing the health and well-being of their law enforcement personnel.
Successful leaders know the importance of disciplined, consistent treatment of their subordinates, but they must also recognize when it’s better to forgive and forget mistakes from the past. Courageous managers and executives balance accountability and generosity, realizing that compassion is often the wisest course to follow.