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Fire 'Em Up! 5 Simple Steps to Inspire Your Employees

Fire 'Em Up! 5 Simple Steps to Inspire Your Employees | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Here's a simple truth: really inspired employees get a lot more done for your business and for your customers than employees who don't really care about the job they do. Uninspired employees don't necessarily telegraph the full extent of their disengagement, but that doesn't mean they don't pose a huge problem for American businesses today.

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They won't admit it, but a solid majority of workers are disengaged. But a smart boss can motivate workers to really lean in.

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Connecting Leadership and Culture - Social Business

Connecting Leadership and Culture - Social Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
This is part 7 of 12 from the 2012 Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project.


Vision and Strong Management Support


Our research suggests that leadership is critical to increasing the use of social tools within an organization. (See Figure 9.) We asked, “What factors do you see facilitating the adoption of social software in your organization?” The top two answers were clear vision for how social media supports business strategy, and senior management support. Lack of management understanding was the top answer to the question, “What internal barriers do you see impeding the adoption of social software in your organization?”


But do leaders have the tools they need to drive adoption? Our findings suggest that an important resource is missing — measured results for social software. In our survey, the most frequently cited type of measurement of social software use is Do not measure. (See Figure 11.) Lack of business case was the second most-cited internal barrier to adoption. Without measured results, it can be difficult to create effective incentive structures or monitor the progress of pilot initiatives.

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The Question Every Project Team Should Answer

The Question Every Project Team Should Answer | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


Many projects fail because they are launched without a clearly articulated reason why they’re being pursued. Without a clear vision, a project team can become overwhelmed by conflict and confusion. Exploring the four dimensions of a compelling “why statement” can improve a project’s chances of success.


Authors Karen A. Brown, of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Nancy Lea Hyer, of Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and Richard Ettenson, also of Thunderbird, write that “Given the tendency of groups to overlook, sidestep or forget the why of a project, project leaders, team members, stakeholders and the organization can derive real benefits from developing a clear and succinct description of the reasons driving the initiative. That might sound simple, but it’s not.” Instead, they write, developing a good why statement usually takes a lot of work and debate.

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Many projects fail because they are launched without a clearly articulated reason why they’re being pursued. Exploring the four dimensions of a compelling “why statement” can improve a project’s chances of success.

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