A searing issue right now is employee engagement. Businesses of all sizes are affected and, in the post GFC era, business competitiveness simply does not make sense unless the issue of overwhelming disengagement on the part of employees is tackled head-on. Engagement of staff has a lot to do with collaboration. There are strong indicators that point to the positive link between collaboration and employee engagement; and thus improved competitiveness. This is a somewhat sophisticated game that is not widely understood by many. In fact, many businesses are simply settling for staff disengagement as if it were a new norm. Whatever the excuses may be, the real fact is that businesses that understand the link between employee engagement and collaboration are marketplace winners. This week’s selection of recommended reading includes some excellent analysis of this topic. And there’s also a great insight by Rosebeth Moss Kanter in one of the articles. See if you can spot it.
Sincere thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.
The power of collaboration
The late Nora Ephron was a famous writer of essays and screenplays. Working on a movie, Ephron said, is a collaborative effort. “When you deliver a script, it’s like delivering a great big beautiful plain pizza, the one with only cheese and tomatoes,” Ephron said. “And then you give it to the director, and the director says, ‘I love this pizza. I am willing to commit to this pizza. But I really think this pizza should have mushrooms on it.’…READ ON
Gallup and McKinsey Announce New Global Gold Standards
Gallup and McKinsey have formed the Organizational Science Initiative. Its purpose is to create the most comprehensive analytics ever on the subject of behavioral economics for organizations — or more simply, the role human nature plays in virtually all organizational outcomes. Gallup, the analytics firm, is the leading expert on employee engagement, and McKinsey, the management consulting firm, is the best at organizational strategy and health. The combination of these strengths creates unlimited possibilities of breakthroughs and discoveries for corporations, nonprofits, governments and all institutions…READ ON
Collaboration now tops list of cloud computing drivers
With cloud computing maturing, the competitive advantages provided by cloud adoption are declining, but not being in the cloud is turning into a serious disadvantage, according to a new report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. “The benefits are starting to flatten out,” says Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor at HBR. But that’s because CIOs and their peers are no longer debating the benefits of cloud as they once did. With ‘everyone’ now leveraging cloud, you have to use cloud in imaginative ways to get a leg up on the competition. But as one respondent…READ ON
How to Get Disengaged Employees to Re-engage
On a Monday not long ago a friend left us a voice mail. He is one of the most talented marketing professionals we know, but after years of feeling “dissed” at his company he had become disengaged at work. What follows is the transcript of the message…READ ON
Collaboration a hot topic at Covington Business Council 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner at Grand
Colette Ridge admitted that when she first heard from Covington Business Council executive director Pat Frew that Paul Daugherty had been proposed as the keynote speaker for the organization’s annual dinner, her first question was, “Who’s that?” Ridge, who chaired the dinner committee, and about 350 other people found out Thursday night. The Enquirer sports columnist for the last 21 years is far more than baseball and football and the athletes who make millions of dollars a year playing games that children attempt at recess…READ ON
Tips to improve your team collaboration and take back the work day
According to a recent survey* of 200 North American business professionals, workers waste nearly two working months per year trying to collaborate, making it harder to complete high quality projects on time and on budget. What are the issues that lead to these inefficiencies? What can employees, teams, and organizations do about it? Here are some answers and tips for teams to work together more effectively…READ ON