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  • feedwordpress 08:00:45 on 2018/09/18 Permalink
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    10 Ways to Make Your Team Feel Appreciated and Important 

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    Whatever we learned about leadership even a decade ago is outdated. Under the old model, leaders made all the decisions and the rest of the team went along.

    Today the concept of employee empowerment is changing the game. Giving front-line employees the authority to make decisions once reserved only for managers and leaders brings them a sense of ownership and gives consumers the experience of a responsive, caring organization.

    Here are some ways to make your team feel appreciated and important under the new model:

    Offer them safety. People will entrust their future only to someone they consider reliable; they want to know they can count on someone trustworthy, someone who will have their back when things go wrong . if you want to empower your people make them feel safe.

    Speak with kindness. It takes wisdom and determination to lead others not through power and authority but by inspiring and motivating them with words that are both truthful and kind. Kindness makes anyone feel valued and respected.

    Accept them for who they are. We have an all-too-human inclination to judge others, and overcoming it can be difficult. But the best leaders are those who don’t judge but unconditionally accept others, with all their strengths and weaknesses. It’s an approach that raises people’s self-esteem, reinforces their self-image and makes them enthusiastic members of the team.

    Demonstrate that you trust them.  Let them make decisions that matter and can impact the company. Verbal appreciation is important, and bonuses and other perks are always welcome—but ultimately, showing someone that you trust their opinion and expertise is the most valuable form of appreciation you can give.

    Be available and accessible. Adopting an open-door policy shows that you care about your team by being available and accessible enough that  they can always come to you with their input and insights. Let them know their opinions are valued and appreciated. Whether you regularly walk around or simply leave your door open, show your team that you’re there for them.

    Appreciate their efforts. Many leaders appreciate people for obtaining results, but the best kind of leader appreciates people for their effort. Letting your team know they’re doing a great job will not only ensure they continue to produce high-quality work but also increase their satisfaction.

    If you want to speed processes and still produce quality materials and services, focus on making your team feel appreciated and important. In return, they will reward you with hard work and loyalty.

    Lead from within: Leadership at its core can make or break teams. As a leader, you have the power to make people feel important and appreciated or overlooked and ungrateful. It’s your choice.



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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 18:30:52 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    61 Ways to Get Your Employees Super Engaged 

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    Employee engagement is a concept that is getting a lot of attention lately. But there are good reasons that it’s worth paying attention to:

    • Highly engaged employees outperform their disengaged colleagues by 20 to 28 percent. (The Conference Board)
    • Engaged employees generate 40 percent more revenue than disengaged ones. (Hay Group)
    • Of those who are highly engaged, 68 percent believe they can impact costs in their job or unit, versus 19 percent of the disengaged.
    • Engaged employees take an average of nearly 60 percent fewer sick days per year than disengaged employees. (Gallup)
    • Engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave the organization than the disengaged. (Corporate Leadership Council)

    Employee engagement makes a real difference–in profits, in productivity, and in results. If you’re not sure how to build employee engagement, here are 61 ideas you can try”

    1. Align your company with a purpose. It’s important to align your company with an overall purpose. Don’t focus on what you do, but why you do it.

    2. Give them a compelling vision. Make sure people have something that they can resonate with, something that moves them.

    3. Have a plan. Make sure that your company has clearly defined goals and that people know the strategic plan.

    4. Value your values. Createvalues for your organization and makesure your decisions reflect and support those values. If there is a conflict, pursue the alternatives that are a better match with your stated values.

    5. Make sure you walk the walk. Earn the right to hold others accountable to high standards by meeting them yourself. Rank may have its privileges–but never when it comes to lapses in integrity or values-based behavior.

    6. Clarify your expectations. Define standards for both individual and team performance and behavior and clarify what they can expect from you in terms of tools, training, coaching and support.

    7. Be dependable and deliver on your promises. Keep a record of your commitments. Check it periodically and make sure you follow through on your word.

    8. Connect employees to the big picture. Your company has undoubtedly recorded its vision and goals for the year. Why not show employees exactly how their jobs advance the vision? Let them know they are an important part of the big picture.

    9. Give autonomy in how people get their jobs done. The more control and influence employees have in accomplishing their specific job responsibilities, the more trust and confidence they feel their leader has in them.

    10. Value people’s ideas and thoughts. Show that you value the ideas and opinions of team members, especially those that support organizational values.

    11. Make them into experts. Help every single team member become an expert at something job-related. Arrange for training, coaching or certification on equipment, software, processes, etc. Then make up an Expert Directory that lists people and their special skills and distribute it throughout your organization.

    12. Build trust.An overbearing leader who is constantly micromanaging is one of the fastest ways to create disengagement. Trust your employees to accomplish the work you give them without checking up every few minutes.

    13. Catch people doing it right. “Catch” people doing something exceptionally well or going out of their way. Pay attention to team members who act in sync with organizational values. Then reinforce these behaviors by providing recognition or a positive comment.

    14. Make them part of the message. Make sure your employees realize they are an important part of the message and that each one of them matters.

    15. Make emotional intelligence part of your culture.Show that you value not only hard technical skills but also how people interact with each other. Soft skills are just as important as hard skills. Make emotional intelligence part of your culture.

    16. Create a common language. Clearly define key terms and use language that effectively and efficiently communicates goals and plans. Compare your staff’s definitions of common terms and make any adjustments you need to have a common language for your communication.

    17. Create a roadmap to achieve professional goals. Find out your team members’ goals and help them keep on track by creating a roadmap to get them to that next promotion or to acquire the skills they want to achieve.

    18. Treat them the way you want to be treated. Implement the golden rule and tell them why it’s so important

    19. Provide access to information. if you want your employees to be involved and committed, ensure that they have access to all the information they need.

    20. Celebrate personal wins. When someone on your team hits their target or reaches a goal, make it a win. Allow everyone to celebrate with a little fun.

    21. Give credit where credit is due. If you adopt employees’ ideas and suggestions, be sure you give them credit.

    22. Involve employees in long-term projects. Get employeesfrom different units to tackle long-term projects that involve responsibilities outside of their typical scope of work. Not only will they get to know people they don’t work with on a day-to-day basis, they’ll pick up skills from one another as they work on important projects.

    23. Reward the effort. Not every opportunity will equal success. Make a habit of rewarding the effort, not necessarily the results. Show that you appreciate hard work and risk-taking even in failure.

    24. Give employees more responsibility, not just more tasks. Entrust your staff with an important project and allow them to take ownership of it. Make sure they know its importance to the organization’s success, and trust them to find a way to get it done.

    25. Don’t shoot messengers. Avoid coming down on team members who have to inform others of problems or setbacks. Making employees feel bad for keeping people informed is not the way to enhance their engagement. Ignorance may be bliss, but the price is high.

    26. Let someone else lead weekly meetings. Allowing someone else to take the lead will not only increase engagement but help people step in to their leadership.

    27. Don’t let them burn out. Emphasize the importance of work and life integration. Let people know it matters to have both.Consider allowing work from home scenario, flexible hours, and other accommodations.

    28. Stand beside them.Be the kind of leader who stands beside your people. Show them that you care and that you’re proud of them.

    29. Encourage volunteerism. Show your commitment to community and social responsibility by giving your employees a couple of hours each month to get out of the office and participate in community service.

    30. Encourage humor and laughter. Studies have shown that humor can lighten the pressures and stresses of work life. But remember, never have fun at someone else’s expense

    31. Create Monday motivation. Find inspirational quotes or motivational columns on Inc. and send them to your team on Monday mornings. It’s a simple way to get people going on a day that’s typically slow to start.

    32. Dispose of the cubicles. Cubicles are quickly dying out, and for good reason–most people despise them. Replace cubicles with spacious open desks that are more comfortable and promote collaboration.

    33. Allow employees to move laterally within the organization. There are times when employees are still trying to figuring out their career path. If a member of your team finds something else at your company that they’re passionate about and want to pursue, create a roadmap to get them there.

    34. Celebrate your team. Hold celebrations after crunch times or to mark the achievement of a difficult goal or project.

    35. Build a learning culture. Create opportunities for team members to learn, grow, and expand their skills and experience. Demonstrate that you and the organization expect employees to learn and grow and develop.

    36. Start a learning center. Develop your organization’s learning culture and build employee engagement by asking them to select books, videos, or programs that are related to your work. Pick a day where everyone gathers to discuss the item and what they’ve learned.

    37. Groom people to be leaders. Be sure that all the training you provide (or arrange for) not only teaches the mechanics of the job, but also focuses on doing the work in value-driven ways. Let people know you are looking for people to step into their leadership and that your organization is looking for leaders.

    38. Create communities of purpose. Create groups centered around a purpose-driven intiatives to make what people do at work bigger than their daily activities. Look for ways to align shared values and collaboration.

    39. Be transparent in communication. Be sure that instructions and other communications are as clear as possible. Engage in transparency, honesty and concise communication.

    40. Ask for feedback. Encourage employees to tell you what they think. If you’re concerned that they might feel unsafe, create an anonymous survey or a suggestion box that someone else handles.

    41. Always act on feedback. Let people know you how you have considered their suggestions and what you’re doing differently as a result. While some of their wishes might be difficult to act on, send updates explaining the progress you’ve made toward addressing their concerns, Not acting on employee feedback will kill employee engagement.

    42. Start a newsletter. Think of interesting topics to keep people in the loop. Instead of having the usual suspects, like Human Resources, send it, form a committee of employees who want to collaborate. Give them a chance to share what they find important.

    43. Praise in public. When you learn about someone’s achievement, go over and personally congratulate them, and let others know of their achievement. It will mean a lot to that person, and it will help create a culture of where employees feel recognized.

    44. Recognize each other. Praise and appreciation don’t always have to come from the boss. Encourage team members to recognize each other with a personal note, a posted note in the office, or a quick “congrats.”

    45. Establish problem-solving meetings.Schedule meetings where you reveal a big problem and let employees take a crack at explaining how they would solve it. when you make employees part of the solution, they feel more engaged.

    46. Switch tasks.Ask your employees which tasks they dislike doing and allow them to customize their job by switching a task with another team member. One employee’s most hated task could be another’s favorite.

    47. Provide ongoing coaching and training. Coaching and mentoring shouldn’t stop after an employee’s initial onboarding process. Offer an optional weekly coaching session to discuss strategies and tactics that can help each member of the department improve in their role, and make the sessions meaningful and fun.

    48. Appreciate your employees. As their boss, their leader, let people know that they are appreciated. Make sure you have multiple ways of showing appreciation.

    49. Find out what your team members are passionate about. It will help you connect with them and help you understand new roles they might wish to undertake.

    50. Respect people’s time. Don’t just schedule meetings for meetings’ sake. Make sure you have an agenda and stay on track. Respect people’s time and schedules.

    51. Ask their opinion. It’s one of the simplest ways to let people know you value them, but also one of the most effective: ask for their opinions and ideas.

    52. Keep people motivated. Hire an inspirational speaker, offer a creative workshop, or do some fun team building to improve office relationships. Employees will be grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn from experts and will come out of these experiences more motivated and focused.

    53. Promote perks. Think of little perks that can make work life better. They don’t have to be expensive, just have to be meaningful.

    54. Build personal bonds.It’s important for new team members to build relationships with everyone, not only their boss and direct reports. Have a group lunch or another activity that can get the new hire to get to meet everyone, and connect new people to employees who can advise them on personal issues like housing or child care.

    55. Just have fun. Make your organization a fun place to work with social events. People will get to know those they don’t work with every day, building a better and a more engaging sense of community within your organization.

    56. Offer healthy foods.Provide youremployees with healthy cafeteria or vending options.

    57. Get your health and wellness program in order.Multiple studies show that health and wellness efforts not only yield higher productivity and engagement but also help reduce turnover and stress on the job.

    58. Show that you care. Think of ways that you can demonstrate genuine care for your employees–not only will they be engaged, but they will be loyal and respect you.

    59. Equip them to succeed. Create an inventory of the training, tools, and resources that team members will need to be successful. Do as much as you possibly can to help them succeed and grow.

    60. Show how how they’ve made a difference.If you send recaps of company progress to your employees, don’t just tell them your customers are happy, show them. Add a glowing testimonial from your customer base, clients or nonprofit constituency to the email so your employees can see how their work impacts real people.

    61. Celebrate important dates. Take time to record employee birthdays and service anniversaries on your calendar. When those dates arrive, stop by and congratulate the person or send them a note, email or card. Acknowledge life events like births, graduations, weddings, children’s or grandchildren’s accomplishments, etc.

    Make the time to focus your attention on engaging your employees, because the results will proliferate on every level. You’ll have a more productive, effect and efficient team and organization.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 61 Ways to Get Your Employees Super Engaged appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 17:38:22 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    How You Can Encourage Your Employees to Lead 

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    If you want your employees to take the lead, you need to create a culture where leaders groom leaders, that means that people step up is when there is room to move up. To ensure that your organization is filled with leaders of leaders, you have to be the leader who not only encourages it but paves the way.

    Here are 11 ways you can encourage your employees to take the lead:

    1.     Set the example. To cultivate new leaders, you have to lead by example. Your habits and actions will set the standard for others and show others how it’s done.

    2.     Recognize their strengths. Don’t do anything on your own if it can be prevented, but recognize your employees’ strengths and allow them to participate as much as they can. Don’t take their talents for granted. Make it a point to talk individually with each member of your team to discuss their interests, strengths and skills and encourage them to take charge.

    3.    Let others make important decisions. When you allow your employees to make important decisions, you are encouraging them to lead. When they are empowered to make decisions that matter and can affect the organization, they see themselves as leaders.

    4.    Give them more responsibility. When you give an employee more responsibility you are expressing faith in their abilities. The moment they take on more responsibility is the moment they can say, “Yes, I am stepping up.” To cultivate more leaders, give them more to be accountable for–and let them know the price of influence is responsibility.

    5.     Don’t impose fear. If you want to encourage more people to step up into their leadership, you have to lead without imposing fear. Great leaders inspire. Surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives, and establish a culture where they can disagree with you without fear.

    6.     Help them plan their future. To empower your employees, help them plan for the future. Get them to take responsibility for their own career opportunities through special assignments and special projects that take them down their chosen path.

    7.    Trust them. Trust is the glue that binds people together. To engage your people to lead begins by giving trust, and the only way to do that is to overcome the need to be in constant control. Ground your own leadership in trust and you set the example for those who come after to do likewise.

    8.     Help them grow. Don’t wait for prospective leaders to come to you–instead, you should approach them. Let them know what talent and qualities you see in them, and help them see how they can utilize their gifts for growth. The best way to engage more leaders is to show appreciation for who they are and help them stretch themselves. Show that you believe in them and give them opportunities to prove you right.

    9.    Push their limits. Sometimes people need a little push on their limits to avoid becoming stagnant. Without encouragement to stretch, people tend to stay in their comfort zone. It’s your job to induce them into the kind of discomfort that produces growth.

    10. Respect them. People tend to step up to the plate when you show them respect. If you want to empower your people to lead, you must respect them for who they are.

    The best leaders, go out of their way to boost their employees’ self-esteem. As John Maxwell stated, when people respect you as a person, they admire you; when they respect you as a friend, they love you; when they respect you as a leader, they follow you.

    11.  Praise and appreciate them. if the actions of your employee inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, they are your leaders. Appreciate them for who they are and praise them for their leadership. Let them know how much their influence and inspiration mean to you and how they influence others.

    Helping to create new leaders is the ultimate expression of your own leadership. And it’s a legacy you can start building today.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post How You Can Encourage Your Employees to Lead appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 04:18:51 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader 

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    Many people believe that love doesn’t belong in business or leadership.

    But I have found that when leaders love their people, their people love them back. They remain loyal, they respect each other, they trust each other.

    It is the kindness you show and the appreciation you express that lets people know you value them.

    Each time you say I love you, you are letting people know you care.

    Take the time today to tell someone “I appreciate you” and express your love to them.

    Not sure how?

    Here are 100 possibilities:

    1.     I appreciate you.

    2.     You’re a necessary piece to this puzzle.

    3.     You are one of the reasons for our success.

    4.     If I tried to tell you how much I appreciate you, I’d be talking for the rest of my life.

    5.     You’re the heart and soul of this team.

    6.     I respect you.

    7.     It’s your careful attention to detail that makes you so special.

    8.     Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment.

    9.     No words can express, no act of gratitude can relay, no gift can represent what your love and support have meant to me.

    10.  Sincerest thanks for all your dedication and hard work.

    11.  I appreciate your dedicated commitment.

    12.  Is there anything I can do to help?

    13. Someday I hope to give to you a fraction of all you’ve given me.

    14. I admire your honesty

    15. Thank you for being such a dedicated and valuable employee.

    16. I value your wisdom.

    17. I am a better person because of you.

    18. I am thankful for you.

    19. I am indebted to you.

    20. Your service exceeded all expectations.

    21. You can count on me.

    22. I sincerely appreciate all your hard work and dedication.

    23. I can’t imagine working without you.

    24. You have taught me so much.

    25. I trust you.

    26. We’re better because of you. Thanks for all you do.

    27. You are not only a valued member of this group, you’re a dear friend.

    28. You are a blessing.

    29. You bring joy into my life.

    30. I will never forget that you….

    31. You are absolutely amazing.

    32. Whatever the task, you always find a way to get it done.

    33. You set the course for the rest of us. I appreciate you.

    34. You inspire me.

    35. Thanks for all your extra effort.

    36. Your attention to detail puts you at the top.

    37. You have been extremely helpful.

    38. You are incredible.

    39. Words can’t describe how much you are appreciated.

    40. You simply amaze me.

    41. Your personal commitment to quality is obvious in everything you do.

    42. You are very important to us.

    43. You give me courage.

    44. You are a generous spirit.

    45. You have a winner’s attitude.

    46. Your commitment to excellence has inspired others.

    47. The insights you share are extremely helpful.

    48. I have faith in you.

    49. I’m sending you this article because I though you would appreciate it.

    50. You’re a wonderful person.

    51. I appreciate all your gifts.

    52. You are one of a kind.

    53. We’ll figure it out together.

    54. What do you think?

    55. I’ll take care of it.

    56. We make a good team.

    57. You’ve got what we need.

    58. You mean so much to me.

    59. You are priceless.

    60. I feel comfortable taking risks when you are around.

    61. I am committed to your success.

    62. I believe in you fully.

    63. Your positivity is contagious.

    64. You make this place better.

    65. You are one of a kind.

    66. You are a great asset.

    67. If anyone deserves thanks, it’s you.

    68. You contribute in so many meaningful ways.

    69. I have had fun learning from you.

    70. I wholeheartedly appreciate everything you have done.

    71. You did a difficult job really well.

    72. I enjoy your sense of humor.

    73. Mistakes happen–we all learn from them.

    74. I appreciate you immensely.

    75. If the world had more people like you it would be a better place. You do make a difference.

    76. Your support means so much to me.

    77. You’re very thoughtful.

    78. Your whatever-it-takes attitude has made all the difference in this effort.

    79. What I most admire in you is …

    80. You make me want to be better.

    81. I care deeply about you.

    82. I am grateful for your generosity.

    83. I want to acknowledge your extra effort.

    84. You did an excellent job.

    85. Your hard work and dedication mean the world to me.

    86. You are one in a million.

    87. Thank you for having my back.

    88. You made a difference.

    89. You’re doing great–don’t give up.

    90. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered.

    91. You are a vital element here.

    92. I want to let you know the things you do for (me, the company, our group) do not go unnoticed.

    93. You bring out the best in me.

    94. I really appreciated your help.

    95. The difference you make is nothing short of legendary.

    96. I appreciate your dedication and service, and I know others do too.

    97. You are one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received.

    98. Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for everything you do.

    99. Please know I appreciate who you are.

    100. Thank you.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 100 Ways You Can Express Love as a Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

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