TGIF – Take Care Of Those Who Take Care Of You

March 16, 2012 by Bill Bradley

As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.

Quote of the Week: “I view my role more as trying to set up an environment where the personalities, creativity and individuality of all the different employees come out and can shine.” Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com.

Humor Break:

Bev: Al, I just saw our neighbor Fred coming home from work.  Boy was he angry.  He said he is never going to speak to his boss again.
Al: Why?  What did the Boss say?
Bev: “You’re fired.”

Stat of the Week: If you are a supervisor or manager, here is a reminder of three things you can do daily to engage your people:

Facilitate progress. Employees feel engaged when they make headway toward objectives. Provide clear goals and resources to support their progress.
Make work meaningful. Your company doesn’t need a lofty mission to make employees care. They simply need to see how their actions contribute to company value, like a service or product.
Reward and recognize. Don’t wait for milestones. Show appreciation every day for the work your employees do.

Action Tip: If you are a boss, make a daily habit of catching someone doing something right.  Then thank them.

Volunteering: This is a cool site.  Before you donate, read the FAQ.  Notice that you can go back a few days to contribute to a preferred organization: “You know those daily deal sites? We’re another one of those. But instead of selling something, we’re sharing the story of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit every day. And if you’d like, you can give them $1 (or up to $10). We’re trying to make doing good a habit.”

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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  1. Love the quote of the week and humor break. Just finished Have Nice Conflict. A quick interesting read and I love the SDI…my favorite inventory. Do you know anything about a book, Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer… if so, let me know. Thx.

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