Tag: "communications"

A Tale of Two Policies: The Importance of Clarity and Communication

Most employers understand the need for policies in the effective management and regulation of the workplace. However, it is not uncommon to see errors in drafting, introducing and administering such policies which can render them effectively useless.

Leading Change By Targeting Mindsets (and Hearts)

Every organization needs to continuously adapt to its business environment. Naturally, responding to external changes requires internal changes, and these changes can range from incremental to transformational. Achieving sustainable change is hard. Arguably the single biggest challenge in achieving change is changing people’s behaviour.

Listening Levels Up Leadership

Experienced and natural leaders know the power of listening, observing and asking careful questions to fully connect with their employees. Some leaders are naturally good listeners, but for most it is an acquired skill. Dianne Schilling shared “10 Steps to Effective Listening” in Forbes, which speak directly towards enhancing every leader’s communication skills.

Five Tips for a More Effective Compensation Review Process

It’s that time of year again, and it’s one that many HR practitioners dread—time to start thinking about conducting a compensation review for their organization. Occasionally organizations simply run out of time to review their compensation programs properly. Like exercise, we all know the importance of making time to review our compensation programs and employee compensation, but, simply put, procrastination is easy. Before long, it’s cold enough to bring out the winter coat, the opportunity has passed and another year has come and gone.

Motivation vs. Management: Leading in the Mobile Era

Traditional leadership training—even really good, progressive, science-based leadership training—is not addressing the global skills gap that organizations are experiencing when their managers are faced with managing remote teams. Whether you have direct reports that live nearby but work 90 per cent from home or employees based in regions nation or worldwide, managing remotely relies much more on written communication than face-to-face interaction, a fact that many managers struggle with.

HR Ambassadors Wanted: Creating Agents of Change

Attracting and retaining talent continues to be a challenge for employers due to the competitive job market, flat compensation budgets, shortages in critical skillsets and a constantly changing business environment. In other words, the life of the HR professional is not about to get any easier—unless we look within.

Fostering Flow, Feedback and Forward-Thinking Communications

Let’s revisit a very simple concept with complex implications—aspirations without communications are unlikely to be achieved. It is in the free flow of those communications, fed continually by quality feedback, that we find the grounds for turning aspirations into very real innovations.

The Importance of Improvisation? Innovation (And All That Jazz)

The Importance of Improvisation? Innovation (And All That Jazz)

Why is impersonal, invisible, one-way style of communicating so appealing, and should we do anything about it? We believe the answer lies in the basic foundation of speaking. As Stephen Nachmanovitch notes in Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts, the most common form of improvisation is ordinary conversation.