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The on-boarding of staff members can be confusing to newcomers. Yet, this is a time when most employees build important relationships-- friendships, in fact, that can double the chances of those new employees being satisfied at work. In excerpts from his recent book "Vital Friends", author Tom Rath shares suggestions for both formal and informal orientation processes.
In research conducted by the Gallup organization with more than eight million subjects, employees are more likely to stay with the organization, have more engaged customers, and will be more productive if they have ties of friendship to others in the organization--especially their bosses. An exemplary boss is one who gets to know employees on an individual basis, tailoring their management to the individual.
Attracting, identifying, training and retaining leadership talent is key to a high-performance organization. With globalization, leading is much more complex process than simple project management. Different situations will require different leadership styles, a compelling vision, and the ability to reason in the face of ambiguity.
Mentoring is a valuable developmental process that generates relationships of trust, growth, and more focused performance. Brad Feld reflects on the mentoring relationships that have helped him to shape his professional career and the success of his ventures.
To have next-generation leaders within growth businesses, mentoring is a proven method of developing staff for succession. The process creates an environment which can lead to higher levels of profitability, employee retention, increased revenue, and job satisfaction.
Effective leaders can be groomed to manage adversity and sustain high-performance. Based on research conducted with more than 40,000 leaders across industries and sectors, the Gallup organization has identified specific abilities that can lead to success.
Controversy continues over whether or not the performance review process is an effective tool for motivating and improving employee performance. Yet many entrepreneurs make the assumption that the evaluation process will lead to a better-performing organization. Too often, the purpose of employee reviews is unclear -- to both leadership and the employee -- and training in the process is generally not provided.
This article covers one of the key elements needed to take a startup to scale. And that's making sure you assemble a top team that understands business frugality (e.g., foregoing high salaries early on for equity).
This tool will help entrepreneurs identify specific responsibilties and allocate the time to be spent on them for the entrepreneur and the management team.
There is a difference between employees showing a passion for the employer (which is great to have) versus a passion for their work (which is a crucial part of productivity). The advice given here is to "let people do what they want and need to do" and to keep out of the way of success.
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