The value of true understanding

Our 7th value of Kanban is understanding – which, as described by Mike Burrows is less obvious on the surface. As you peel back the layers while implementing Kanban, you will start to see that understanding is a core part at every step of the way. The concept of understanding Kanban starts with the implementationContinue reading “The value of true understanding”

Collaboration the key to high performing teams

If you ask a business leader what they want from their teams, often you will hear one word – collaboration. Collaboration in the workplace has many benefits which have been written about all over the Internet so we won’t delve into them here. Instead, we shall move forward with an assumption – collaboration is goodContinue reading “Collaboration the key to high performing teams”

The value of transparency in business

Transparency is a relatively new concept in the world of business. How do I know? First, I took a look in The Penguin Book of Business Wisdom for a mention of Transparency and nope. So in 1998 when the book was published to cover the “Must-have collection of Business Quotations, Thoughts and Anecdotes for everyContinue reading “The value of transparency in business”

Disengaged Employees cost you US$2246 per employee every year

Profitability drives the actions of all organisation, even not for profits as they at least need to break even, as such senior leadership teams are constantly reviewing regular reports on the health of their organisation through financial, operational and people metrics. Unfortunately a majority of these metrics are looking backward at what took place duringContinue reading “Disengaged Employees cost you US$2246 per employee every year”

Employee Engagement and Social Media

Over the last 2 weeks I have been giving a series of presentations looking at how social media (and Enterprise 2.0) can drive employee engagement. While the slides are available on slideshare for download I wanted to give a bit of context. As part of preparing the presentation I came across a presentation by SusanContinue reading “Employee Engagement and Social Media”

How to Motivate Employees to Succeed

This guest post is contributed by Melissa Tamura. Every employer wants to get the most productivity from their employees. If you push too hard, though, you risk making employees unhappy, causing unwelcome turnover and costing you money. So the question remains, how do you motivate your employees to work their best? Praise Employers are oftenContinue reading “How to Motivate Employees to Succeed”

Tips on managing social media in the workplace

Last week I did a short podcast with Nick McCormick, author of Lead Well and Prosper, looking at tips for managing social media in the workplace. We spoke about implementing guidelines/policies within the workplace along with some of the potential issues and how to manage them.  However given the short format of the podcast, it is onlyContinue reading “Tips on managing social media in the workplace”

It’s all about the message

A lack of clear communication is cited as a common cause of many relationships failures, be they personal or professional. Many a study has shown that clearly communicating the employment deal up front is a critical first step in having an engaged employee. This should be obvious, no one likes to buy a product only toContinue reading “It’s all about the message”

54 Percent of Companies Have Bad Management

These types of articles really really get me going. 54% of Companies Ban … I’m sorry but I am not surprised that 77% of employees who had access to Facebook used it during the work day! Ok how many logged onto personal email accounts, made a personal phone call, used their personal mobile phone, hadContinue reading “54 Percent of Companies Have Bad Management”

Internet usage at work makes you productive

(Source: Flickr dietpoison)An Australian report released yesterday found that employees who “surf the Internet work” are 9% more productivity than those that don’t! The study was conducted by Dr Brent Coker from the Department of Management and Marketing. The study covered 300 workers and found that 70% engage in what has has termed “workplace InternetContinue reading “Internet usage at work makes you productive”