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Re:Are your employees engaged and enabled? 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0  
It's not only your employees that need motivating, but your board members, particularly when they are "volunteers". Today's tip of the day from Harvard Business Publishing offers three ways to motivate your board...

When serving on a board is voluntary, sometimes members can lose focus or doubt that their participation is essential. At your next board meeting, try these three tips for reinvigorating and encouraging board members to devote more time and energy to growing your company:

1. Pose provocative questions. Spend a significant part of each board meeting wrestling with critical issues and asking your board to think through the toughest challenges facing your company.

2. Share the stage. Minimize time spent listening to prepared presentations. Be sure the conversation isn't dominated by one or two members.

3. Spend time one-on-one. Find out about members' individual interests and how they might translate to helping your company in a unique way -- for example, by coaching an executive or attending a critical in-house meeting.
 
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#2196
Re:Are your employees engaged and enabled? 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 2  
Frankly, I don't understand why anyone would want to serve on a board these days. Boards are under scrutiny as never before and there's a lot of work. They pay is nice, of course, but most of these people don't need the money. Seems like a big headache.
 
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Re:Are your employees engaged and enabled? 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 0  
Good advice from Harvard Business Review.

Successful leaders empower their people to make decisions, share information, and take risks.

Here are three ways to get out of your people's way and let them take ownership:

Give responsibility and autonomy. Let those who demonstrate the capacity to handle responsibility take on new levels of accountability and have autonomy over their tasks and resources.

Focus on growth. Create an environment where people have the opportunity to expand their skills and are rewarded for doing so.

Don't second-guess. Unless it is absolutely necessary, don't doubt the decisions of others. This undermines their confidence and encourages them to hold back when they have ideas.
 
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Re:Are your employees engaged and enabled? 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 0  
No doubt, some of best ideas for enhancing corporate growth and profits come from the folks who daily fight the company's battles, who serve the customers, explore new markets and fend off the competition. In other words, the employees...

So says a recent article in the WSJ. If you're not sure how good a job you're doing in harnassing that power, the article has five questions to ask yourself.

1. Does your company leave innovation to an R&D team without input from groups that work directly with customers?

2. Are your best managers and staff increasingly restless and cynical because they aren't being given the opportunity to shape your company's future?

3. If you asked 10 employees what they thought management considered to be fruitful areas for innovation, would you get 10 different answers?

4. When you talk of employee-generated innovation with your management team, do they act dismissively?

5. Does your management team think it's too costly and disruptive to hold regular cross-function innovation discussions?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your company probably needs to rethink how it inspires innovative ideas. Regular hosting what we call innovation communities can save companies money while enhancing future leadership, growth and profits.
 
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Re:Are your employees engaged and enabled? 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
I think I've commented about this before, but social engagement is very important for Gen Y engagement, offering volunteer opportunities, demonstrating the company is socially committed. But you can't fake it. Gen Yers aren't easily fooled.
 
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