We are used to seeing vision statements for organisations - they articulate where the business wants to be in its marketplace or service sector. Clear vision statements help everyone in the organisation understand how their job contributes to the overall goals.
U is for what? Yes, upskilling really is a word - it's in the dictionary, so it must be! It means 'to teach employees additional skills' and it makes all the sense in the world.
I don't know if you've been following the current 'Apprentice' series, but it's getting to the stage where, to quote one jaded competitor, "It's dog eat dog".
Which leadership or management style should you use?
Following on from my last post, Q is for Question Everything, once we've found the solution to a problem and implemented it we should always review what happened and reflect on what we've learned from the process; not to assign blame, but to do better next time.
Albert Einstein said; “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the answer, I would spend the first 55 minutes figuring out the proper questions to ask. For if I knew the proper questions, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes. Question everything”
It comes down to a balancing act between the task we need to achieve and the team we need to achieve it through. If we pay too much attention to the task and not enough to the team, the task will not be achieved in the way we want it to be.
It would be great if life always went smoothly, everything according to plan, but we all know that it doesn't. How do we deal with the problems that come along?
Have you ever found that talking to other people has given you new ideas, inspired you to keep going or given you an opportunity to discuss concerns? If you're like me, the answer to that question is a definite "yes".
Obviously negative motivation can be a powerful driver to perform, such as: "If we don't get this contract the company is going under", though continual negative motivation will cause stress and tension within an organisation.