When Sharing Is Empowering

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When Sharing Is Empowering

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Basic economics suggest that employees respond to financial incentives. However, not all financial incentives are created the same. Usually doled out on the basis of merit or hierarchy, incentives like bonuses or commissions can be deceptive in the ways they reward.Profit sharing, for all, when done right has the ability to empower all employees as it recognizes everyone’s contribution towards the company’s success - whether they’re an entry-level analyst or a C-suite executive.

Why You're Wrong About Self-Management

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Why You're Wrong About Self-Management

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Agile or self-steering teams are no longer restricted just to the realm of software or IT: Instead, it’s a new management mindset that’s finding more takers and believers every day. However, there’s a huge void between aspiring to become agile and actually being agile as an organization. A recent Deloitte survey of senior executives revealed that almost all respondents (94%) felt being agile and collaborative were among their top priorities to ensure organizational success. However, only a meager 6% of respondents could say that they were truly agile now. So, why the gap?

What Great Ideas Need to Survive

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What Great Ideas Need to Survive

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Businesses need ideas, not just for solving problems but also to keep growing. While most companies look outside for ideas, not too many look within. It’s a simple, yet, powerful way of empowering your employees and finding what the business requires at the same time. There’s never a dearth of ideas among employees, but it’s not all that easy for each of those ideas to see the light of day. That’s because people are often worried about bypassing authority to reach the relevant stakeholders; or, they simply give up after trying in vain to overcome all the bureaucratic red tape.

Let Them Chase Those Dreams

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Let Them Chase Those Dreams

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Everyone always believes retirement is when they’d have more time to do what they’ve always wanted to do. People don’t have the time, energy or the money to pursue their personal aspirations during their prime years. So, they box up their dreams, like learning to play the guitar, writing a book or going rock climbing, and label them for post-retirement. However, these dreams often fail to get realized because priorities change by the time retirement rolls around. People might not have the same level of energy or they might not be healthy enough to pursue their goals.

The Nonsense Behind Semco’s Transformation

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The Nonsense Behind Semco’s Transformation

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Meetings are the lifeblood of every organization but increasingly, there have been rousing battle cries to do away with meetings, which are considered a drain on resources and time. Yet, not all meetings are created equal. Welcome to "Heavenly Beekeeping"! Companies excel at setting multiple meetings when it concerns profits. Unfortunately, other important aspects of the business don’t get discussed properly although they have a direct bearing on how the business performs. Topics that focus on motivation, participation, and integration amongst people - all of which have a long-term impact on company performance - are overlooked because of the short-term focus on the bottom line or meeting shareholder interests.

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