Week Ending 7.3.2016
Questions have power. One way to learn is to formulate questions from the materials that we get exposed to. That way, we don’t get trapped in the author’s way of thinking about an issue but rather develop our own insights into our challenges and issues. This may happen, mind you, even if we just formulate the questions. They don’t necessarily have to be answered, not right away anyway. (On that note, check this out.) It’s also a great way of making everything we read and learn relevant to our world and our lives.
I have shared some questions you can ask yourself as you consider the ideas in the articles shared below. They are highlighted in orange.
Branding, Messaging, Sales, and Marketing
I think every business has at least one idea that they can build into a rapidly growing business. If that’s something you want – and it’s ok to NOT want it – here’s a blueprint. What one product or service idea in your business can you build into a rapidly growing business? (Build a Foundation for an Exponential Business Model)
Interesting angle to social media marketing. I don’t see myself doing this but you may be different – so here it goes. How can you make your competition one of your most leveraged assets? (Co-opertition: How To Make The Competition Your Most Leveragable Asset)
Recruiting and Onboarding
I would add that employee onboarding is an ongoing process, not just an event that happens on her first day at work. And it’s never too late to onboard your existing employees the right way. What process have you been following in onboarding your employees so that they function well in their work? (The Step-by-Step Guide to Onboarding New Hires)
Leadership and Management
I don’t think transparency – the tendency of the employers to share *everything* about their business with their employees – is the only way, or even a preferred way, to create trust and engagement in employees. In fact, sharing everything may be a lazy way to engender trust. A better way is to open up channels of communication, both between employees and the manager and from employee to employee. But such an effort also must be paired with creating a culture of positive reinforcement and positive values so that what does get communicated helps the organization as well as the people involved. If not, the workplace will degenerate into back-biting, back-stabbing and even sabotage. We are funny animals, us humans! What do you do as a leader and a manager to instill trust and a sense of security and belonging in your employees? (The Ugly Side of Transparency in HR (And Everything Else))
Idea: Separate relative urgency from absolute urgency. Especially useful if you manage projects and people. How do you make sure that not all of the tasks in the project you manage are driven by urgency? (The Boy Who Cried Late! – Why Most Deadlines are Meaningless)
Running Effective Meetings
I would add one more. #10: Engage viscerally by asking meaningful questions. How do you define an effective meeting? (9 Ways to Make Sure You Run Effective Meetings)
“If you want more productive meetings, … keep them small and short, and schedule them for a time… after employees have had a chance to be productive and produce.” Sure. But also make sure you find ways to keep them engaged with their whole selves through the whole meeting. Ask me how the next time we meet. How will you know when a meeting has been productive – nor not? (The Science of Productive Team Meetings: Quality Over Quantity)
Personal Performance and Productivity
The question is: Have we developed the habit to honoring all our commitments? Can this hack work if we have not developed such a habit? (This Productivity Hack Completely Changed My Life, and It Can Improve Yours)
I would add mind-mapping tools, which allow you to visually connect random ideas and then put them in a linear outline. My favorites are Mindjet Mindmanager and Scapple. Do you see the benefit of outlining your ideas before making a presentation, for example, or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants? (Make a Plan: How to Outline Your Ideas with 20 Powerful Tools)
Even a non-Excel-geek like me can pick up a tip or two. What’s your favorite tool or method for crunching numbers and making them meaningful? (Pimp my Excel: 10 geeky poweruser spreadsheet tools and tips)
Human intelligence has become more sought-after over the years and will continue to become more so in the future. How can you use this piece of information or at least this concept in making better hiring and firing decisions in your team or your business? (How Machines Destroy and Create Jobs)
Thanks for reading. I will be back next week with more! Until then…
Wishing you a very Happy Success,
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