Inspiration is a Two Way Street

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These days it’s widely recognised that many of the enabling tools and techniques of Human Resources need to be two-way to have any chance of being effective. A top-down, dictatorial style is no longer working (if it ever did in the first place). Communication and engagement are things we do together with our people, not to them or at them. In an ideal world anyway. Yet one of the key concepts of the latest management theories, inspiration, works very differently. Continue reading “Inspiration is a Two Way Street”

Moral Dilemma

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“For too long the focus for leaders and managers has been on actions: what they do to achieve results…we need to shift our view to what leaders and managers are and how they think: their personalities, beliefs and attitudes, which have such an important influence on their behaviour towards those around them.”

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Looking for talent in the wrong places

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The economy’s picking up. Apparently. One indicator of this is the jobs market. More employers are thinking about taking people on, more employees are thinking of changing jobs. This has led to an increased focus on ‘talent’. Employers want to recruit it, managers don’t want to lose it. We might like to think we have it (or at least try and demonstrate it through our application form). But what is talent?

Talent as a word has been misused in the corporate world. The dictionary talks about “natural ability”, which is akin to calling someone “gifted”. This focus on talent as something precious and rare means employers are looking for all the wrong things in all the wrong places. Continue reading “Looking for talent in the wrong places”

6 key mistakes of employee communications

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It’s impossible for anyone to get through life without communicating. Even as infants, before we can talk, we are still able to communicate our needs. Friendships, relationships and marriages all start with communication, and their survival depends on it. Yet when it comes to the workplace some of us are obviously stumped. Research points to nearly half of employees not having a clue as to what their employer’s overall mission or vision is. Being able to recite company mantras like a trained parrot means nothing. But employees not knowing what their employer is trying to achieve and their part in it? Surely that’s tantamount to stumbling around a cave in the dark without a hope of finding a way out.

This is a symptom with just one underlying condition. Poor communication. Here are just some of the mistakes that both companies and individuals make:

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