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Engagement

Happiness at work is not always an easy achievement. The link between happiness and engagement guides an organization’s trajectory. The Gallup organization’s 2017 State of the American Workplace states that 33% of employees are engaged. This means that 67% are not engaged. Compare these standard levels of engagement to that of the world’s best organizations who report a 70% engagement level.

I find these statistics to be staggering. Why is this the case, you might ask. Drivers of employee engagement are directly related to leaders that show respect for employees, clearly define goals, emphasize teamwork, support autonomy, and request and apply useful feedback.

Many years ago, I was told by a customer, that a failure of service is a direct reflection of me as the leader. Though I didn’t like hearing this at the time, it was true then, and it is true now. Employee engagement is a leadership responsibility. As a leader, employee engagement is within your reach. Take ownership of your employee’s engagement; begin today.

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Celebrating Milestones #26

This is my 26th blog posting. Six months ago, I began putting my thoughts on a screen and sharing them with the world. I remind myself that it is the things that scare us make us grow. Today, I celebrate this milestone and continue my commitment to sharing.
Celebrating even the smallest achievements is important. Celebrations build community, give sense of purpose, and build engagement in the workplace. Take time today to celebrate!

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Great Efforts

Strive, struggle and toil are words synonymous with labor. Today, the United States celebrates Labor Day as a national holiday commemorating this country’s labor movement as well as the working individual. In recognition of the holiday, some businesses and schools are closed. How ironic is it that we don’t labor on Labor Day? However, having spent my career in healthcare, I understand many individuals work on this holiday.

For some, Labor Day signals the beginning of college football season, while for others, it indicates fall is near. This holiday celebrates accomplishments and achievements of our work. Take time today to enjoy the fruits of your hard work while planning future strategies that will pave the way for another great year full of successes.

52

Today is August 28th. It happens to be my 52nd birthday so I decided to write 52 things I am grateful for in my life.

1. God
2. My Wife
3. My children
4. Extended family
5. Both children in college
6. 529 plans
7. Friends
8. My desire to learn
9. My education
10. My Grandmother’s influence
11. Freedom of choice
12. Being taught the value of hard work
13. Teachers
14. Pastors
15. My home
16. My coaching career
17. Ability to walk
18. Air to breath
19. Water
20. Hot showers
21. Food
22. Computer
23. Electricity
24. Wi-Fi
25. Internet
26. Video streaming
27. Variety of book authors
28. Transportation
29. Garages
30. Peer coaching
31. iPEC coach training
32. Pen and paper
33. QuickBooks
34. Online banking
35. Furniture
36. Microwave
37. Interstate
38. Refrigerator
39. Podcasts
40. Ability and freedom to vote
41. Video conferencing
42. Motorcycle rides
43. Sunrises and sunsets
44. Mirrors
45. Quiet time
46. Vacations
47. Walks on the beach
48. A bed to sleep in
49. Faux feather pillows
50. Shoes
51. Air Conditioning
52. Fireplace

If you haven’t tried this exercise, I recommend doing it. The first part of the list creates quickly, and then it slows down midway. By the end of my list, I wanted to keep going with my thankful items. I wish you a gratitude filled day.

Total Eclipse

From my vantage point today, I will witness a 99.8% totality eclipse of the sun. Though I could drive an hour north and view 100% totality, I am pleased to enjoy 99.8% in my backyard.

This morning I was imagining myself as the moon eclipsing the all-powerful sun. Have you ever had someone on your team that was a superstar? Are there times when your influence is dimmed by this bright visionary? Remember, as you watch the moon exert its influence and eclipse the sun, there are many ways to effect change. Eclipse whatever is holding you back from accomplishing your goals, because maybe something as simple as timing could affect the change desired.

What and Why

Have you ever made a list of what you do and why you do it? Identifying your what and why will give structure for focus and alignment with values helping to move away from unproductive pursuits.

Take five minutes to sit down and identify your personal WHAT and WHY. This exercise will bring amazing clarity to your purpose. It will be like cleaning the smudge off your glasses allowing you to identify what you value and why you are pursing it.

Full Potential

While listening to a podcast this morning, the guest stated, “Your full potential begins where your comfort zone ends.” This concept sounded so simple. Whether it be in our personal lives or professional pursuits, why do we stay so centered in our comfort zones?

In order to experience growth we must embrace change, because change is essential to growth. It is important to understand, growth may involve some pain. Changing involves daily implementation of new and different ways of doing things, moving away from doing things as you have always done them. Though we are accustom to quick fixes, adapting change takes time. Invest the time to reach your full potential, because nothing worthwhile comes easily or overnight.

What Ifs

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”- Thomas Jefferson
Not knowing what to do or lacking direction makes a leader ineffective. Leaders cannot afford to find themselves in this situation. Consistently, leaders need to think strategically about what-if scenarios.  What-if analysis is a process leaders can use as a tool.”What-if scenario analysis (WISA) is a business planning and modeling technique used to yield various projections for some outcome based on selectively changing inputs.”  Thinking strategically will help you work towards your organization’s mission and vision.

Questions and Listening

Leaders must learn the balance between asking powerful questions and listening. Voltaire said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Respectable leaders need to be curious and ask questions that empower those they lead. It is equally important to listen without interruption after asking questions. Be sure to use empowering questions that lead to thoughtful examination. It is through deliberate questioning and attentive listening that effective leaders will find success.
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Paradigm

I can remember reading Steven Covey’s – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People back in the early 90s and coming across the word paradigm. I have to admit the word, paradigm, wasn’t in my vocabulary at the time. I looked it up in order to understand what it meant. A paradigm can be a new way of seeing something or the same thing in a new light. Might looking at situations from a different angle lead you to more successes?
If you could view your world with a new pair of eyes, what would you see? Would you see new possibilities? Try today to look at current challenges as new opportunities. Wipe the lenses of your current paradigm, and see what comes into focus.
Do you have any successes as changing a paradigm? Feel free to share your success in the comments! Like what you’ve read? Subscribe to my blog by adding your email address to the pop-up form. You’ll be the first to hear about our updates weekly! Want the latest best practices delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe!
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