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Gaining Commitment From Employees

Put Leadership Skills in Action Create Highly Committed Employees

Have you ever thought: “Why isn’t that person more committed to their job? Why don’t they work as hard to do a better job like so-and-so does?”

Or have you ever felt the need to say, “You don’t seem committed to the job”, to an employee?

It may be that you have heard other managers say those words, but at some point in time, as managers, we face this issue with an individual we manage and sometimes with an entire team or organization.

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Big Elephant Called Employee Programs

Once there was a team of bond traders at a large investment bank. They produced millions upon millions in revenue for the bank and sometimes they were well compensated for it. But there was just one problem. New management, brought in from outside, was invasive, overbearing and even verbally abusive at times. On top of this, the Managing Director lacked a strong grasp of the business. Work-life balance was near impossible with the micro-management. The team made this clear in the annual 360 Review.

To solve the problem, they were put through hours of team building exercises, personality tests and diversity training. The MD was assigned a leadership coach. What happened the following year? As it was described to me, the team convened and agreed: “Give them all high marks. Let’s not go through that again.”


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Retention: What’ll It Cost You?

“We train them. Then they leave. Train new people. They leave.”

This happened to one client until they finally decided it was time to stop being the free training center for their competition.

You may not have a revolving door, but the cost of losing even one employee is so high that every level of management must be concerned with retention.

The direct cost to replace salaried employees is estimated to be at least 6-9 months of pay and can be as high as two times the annual salary for a high-earner. For low-paid high turnover employees, the cost is at least 16% of their annual pay.

In addition to the direct costs, frequent turnover has a negative impact on employee morale, productivity, and revenue growth. Lost knowledge is a big problem as well, to say nothing of the stress and increased workload on other employees. While new people are found, hired, and brought up to speed, others suffer.

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The Apple Trick to Innovation

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Even if you are sitting in an electric power plant, someone somewhere in the organization will say it:

”We need to be more innovative” or “What can we do differently to…?”

Every company needs new and imaginative ideas and the ability to turn those ideas into new or improved products and services.

Now, wouldn’t it be nice if there was an innovation river continually flowing? Just reach in and scoop up that next winning idea to implement?

While Apple seems to own a river, the Conference Board Survey reported that other companies around the world are challenged by it. CEOs ranked innovation as their #1 challenge in 2012 and it has remained in the top 3 since then.

Here’s what I have found. Innovation is a challenge largely due to two misunderstandings:
1. The innovative process itself
2. Management’s role in switching on the process

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Keep Doing What You’re Doing, Ben! Leadership Skills in Action

Time for a heartfelt success story from when my father (Ben) managed a large unionized organization out of a tough situation. This one seems to always choke me up.

I hope you find it inspiring and an example to follow.

As you can tell, the leadership skills you apply can have a great impact on the lives of others while increasing the performance of your organization.

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And if you haven’t done so yet, check out the Top 10 Leadership Skills essential for every manager and executive to develop to go beyond great as a leader.



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