The Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations
By Bob Cass, Platinum Partner
In this complex, fast-paced world, it’s rare to find the space and time to think at a higher and deeper level about our businesses and ourselves. From a recent training session on how to host conversations that matter, I learned a powerful lesson on how to create space within companies to engage in meaningful conversations with employees. An atmosphere of trust and a safe space is essential.
Based on this newfound knowledge, I am leading organizations through an employee engagement process asking one simple question: "Why are you here?"
One young man answered: “I don’t know if I want to be here yet. I just graduated from college and I’m experimenting with my job and the company.” Talk about being REAL! Many might think that he should be let go. I personally want this young man to work with me because he’ll always let me know when I can help him become fully engaged within the organization. Another response to this question came from a young woman who said, “They were the only organization that wanted all of me;” not just to fill a company need.
While this all may sound too “touchy feely” in a business setting, I can only tell you through experience that these meaningful conversations may be the most important you can initiate as a leader. They are the key to linking a common purpose between a company and its employees, which gets to the very core of how personal fulfillment creates a more engaged workforce.
What do you think? Email Bob at Bob.Cass@thePlatinumGrp.com.
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Book Review: Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Take a few simple ideas, back them up with solid research and illustrate them with lots of interesting examples. Jim Collins used this approach in his last three books, Built to Last, Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall and relies on the same approach in his new book: Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Companies Thrive Despite Them All. A review by John Hehre, Platinum Member, was written for the Manufacturers Alliance.
According to John, “Some of the ideas presented are counter- intuitive. We’ve all admired the visionary and heroic risk takers that dare to be bold. The research however shows that these 10Xers take fewer risks, change relatively slowly, and are surprisingly less innovative than their less successful counterparts. Instead they embody three consistently similar characteristics. The leaders of these successful companies all display an extreme consistency or ‘fanatical discipline’ in maintaining a focus on the direction they’ve set for the company.”
To read the rest of the review, click here.