Putting People First

The sudden departure of a handful of skilled employees is detrimental to any business. The impacts are wide. Employee morale takes a hit. Immediate workload redistribution is inevitable. Projects are put on hold. While leaders attempt to maintain operations at the same level, customers are impacted as a result. Despite… [More]

Leading like an Opera Conductor

Seated in the Opera Bastille watching the performance of La Boheme in Paris, I was fascinated by the orchestra playing in the pit. The different instruments delivered perfectly synchronized music accentuating the dramatic moments of the opera. This was made possible by the conductor, who led the ‘team’ to deliver… [More]

How to Align Roles and Responsibilities of Employees

Business operations change with the dynamic business environment. As a result, job roles and responsibilities are subject to constant adjustments in order to accommodate the new demands. Businesses often handle the changing needs in an adhoc manner. When a new initiative requires specific expertise from an area, the manager assigns… [More]

Getting Employees on Board with Change

With transformation initiatives sprouting across industries, getting employees on board with change is key to success. Change resistance is inevitable. It is a damper to the speed of implementation and employee morale. By understanding their change readiness, businesses can develop an effective plan for change management. There are four key… [More]

Is Performance Evaluation for the Employee or the Business?

A professional service company provides feedback to its employees whenever it receives comments from the customers. An employee might receive a pat on the back or could be called upon to discuss issues flagged. The approach is customer-oriented. For a business, being customer-oriented is good. For the employee, the approach… [More]

Do You Train or Information Dump?

An employee just started a project for a new client. He needed to familiarize himself with the standard operating procedures at the work site. The lengthy 80-page document outlines the work procedures and reporting requirements. It wasn’t an interesting read, though an important one to ensure that all the rules… [More]

Does Reorganization Fix Process Problems?

After a third reorganization of its operations team over the past five years, a financial services company faces poor morale and increasing employee turnover. The reorganizations brought some improvements but real operational problems were not addressed. Reorganization tends to be considered as a quick solution to operational concerns. Businesses move… [More]

How to Lead and Communicate by Actions

The methods of communication for business leaders have multiplied over the years. Some are more effective than others. For messages related to challenging changes, you want to connect with the hearts and minds of the employees. Gaining trust in the communication process is crucial. It is difficult to convince employees… [More]

How to Expedite Technology Adoption in Your Business

As businesses implement technologies to transform their operations, the effectiveness of technology adoption by employees has a direct impact on success. Some businesses might choose a languid pace to minimize resistance, hoping that would ease the fear and stress that come with the transition. Change management remains a challenge despite… [More]

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