Culture tends to be an often-misunderstood concept, yet it is one of the most crucial elements of organizational success. An article I read recently on entrepreneur.com outlines some common myths around culture.
At the Annual HR Conference almost two weeks ago now, the morning keynote speaker, Seth Mattison, had some very thought-provoking statements. I would like to share a few of them with you, along with my thoughts on each one.
I find it fascinating that we can still learn valuable lessons from those that lived hundreds of years ago. I recently came across an article on theladders.com that talks about Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule and how even today, we can learn from it to be more productive.
Weekends are a time when you can restore yourself and enjoy some down time. Most leaders are extremely busy during the week, and it’s important to slow down on the weekends and recharge.
Employees working remotely is growing in popularity. I have been keeping a close eye on how it’s affecting both employers and employees. Most research I have found shows a positive impact on both the employer and employee.
The ASE team recently took part in a day-long customer service training. Part of the training included a DiSC assessment, which is a behavior assessment tool. It segments behavior types into four groups: D, I, S, or C. So, when I came across an article recently that claims that all people fall into one of four personality categories, I found it interesting.
I have always admired good writers. As an avid reader, I am inspired by those that can tell a good story through written communication. I have to admit, writing does not come easy to me. Since I started at ASE 29 years ago, I have had to write articles, blogs, memos, emails, and reports on a daily basis. You would think I’d be used to it by now, but I still struggle. When I came across an article on writing recently, I was intrigued to find out that writing...
As many of you might already know, I’m a card-carrying introvert. Traits associated with being an introvert, such as great listening skills, can be beneficial when in a leadership role. Many of the most famous leaders in history are introverts including Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Steven Spielberg.
According to a survey by the John Templeton Foundation, people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else. Yet, 81% of employees report they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work.
Keeping employees engaged from Thanksgiving through the new year can be difficult. Many employees are utilizing remaining vacation time. In addition, while some employees’ workloads increase, others decrease. It can be a challenging time.
The workforce is changing quicker than some organizations can keep up. Some are predicting that by 2027 the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers. The traditional business structure is fading away as employment preferences change and technology advances.
I’ve read a lot lately about the value of humble leadership. A true leader strives to bring out the best in his or her employees, but too many leaders get caught up in their power and lose sight of this.
With technology changing and evolving at such an incredible pace, some jobs have the potential to be replaced by robots. But not all jobs are replaceable.
I used to think I was busy when I had a 1, 5, and 7-year-old and was just appointed as President and CEO of ASE. Now my kids are 18, 23, and 25. I’m still running ASE, and I am still very busy. It seems like in today’s world, we are always busy, always behind, always racing to the next meeting, always solving the next problem. So when I came across an article on entrepreneur.com that lists 18 ways to stay focused and increase productivity, it caught my eye.
I recently came across a study by Comparably that researched what companies Millennials and Gen Z’rs want to work for. While the companies didn’t surprise me, some of the ratings did. Another surprising factor is that we are now talking about Generation Z. The oldest Millennials are now 31-35 years old. Generation Z is coming up right behind them at ages 18-25.