Too often, we take people for granted. In this week’s Tuesday Reading “Staff Retention: The Power of Appreciation at Work”, Mike Robbins quotes the U.S. Department of Labor as noting that 64% of Americans who leave their jobs say they do so because they don’t feel appreciated. And, Gallup reports that 70% of people in the U.S. say they received no praise or recognition in the workplace.
Have you ever had a manager who was abrasive on your staff? You know, the person who causes you headaches, who have aggressive management styles that create interpersonal friction, reduce motivation and trust to rubble, and disrupt work well beyond the group they lead. In “Taming the Abrasive Manager: Words from the Boss Whisperer”, Laura Crawshaw, president of the Executive Insight Development Group, has some good words of advice.
During the course of a Leadership Program many of the participants ask how to conduct effective meetings and even more groan under the impact of the meetings on their calendars. This weeks reading, Eight Steps to More Effective Meetings which can be found at <http://www.cio.com/article/141300/Eight_Steps_to_More_Effective_Meetings>, provides s
Early last month, I was talking with with a businessman who is now the president of a small college in New York. In the course of our conversation, he noted how rude his faculty were to one another. I couldn’t help reflecting on the rudeness I had observed among IT staff members during my two decades at CIO -- personal attacks, ignoring colleagues who had a different point of view, dominating conversations, interruptions, and the list goes on.
Several weeks ago I was pointed to UBS's Knowledge Center and a short piece True Leaders Must "Walk the Floor." This piece reinforces the importance of communicating with staff. It notes that many leaders have found that interacting with their staff by walking around can build relationships, help staff understand their leader's goals, and provide them with insight and helpful information. You'll find the piece at,
Today's reading, Seven Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Top IT Talent, which comes from the January 4, 2007 issue of CIO, is just as applicable to other fields as it is to IT.
Business 2.0 reports what seems to be an amazing data point: For every two baby boomers who retire in the next decade, there will be only one college grad to take their place. Thus, it is very likely that having strong skills in attracting, hiring, and retaining staff will become even more important than it is today.
In the February 23rd and the March 16th issues of the Point Lookout
email newsletter, Rich Brenner and the staff at Chaco Canyon Consulting
<http://www.ChacoCanyon.com> present two helpful pieces on "Recovering
Time." Given that all of us scramble to find more time for our work,
I thought that I would share their ideas with you.