News From LBD
April 2011 Volume 3 Issue 4

    "How do your employees feel about their jobs?" Many business owners have been asked this question and often answer with the quote above. Well, if they're right, they're one of the lucky ones.  


    According to a recent Gallup poll* of more than 9,000 full-time or part-time workers, 28% of respondents overall, were "engaged" with their jobs, meaning that they were emotionally attached to their workplaces and motivated to be productive. More than half, 54%, were "not engaged"; i.e., they were emotionally detached and unlikely to be self-motivated. And 18% were "actively disengaged," indicating that they viewed their workplaces negatively and were liable to spread that negativity to others.


     How might the typical workplace be affected by the "not-engaged" or "actively disengaged?" The answer to that question differs greatly from business to business. We know this; without worker engagement, business productivity is very challenging.  Getting them engaged takes leadership.  


    Is your leadership team equipped to engage your people? 


*The State of the American Workplace   


What Leaders are Reading


Just Listen: Discover the Secret of Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D. and Keith Ferrazzi


    This is a primer on dealing with hard-to-reach people in virtually every scenario. From defiant executives to angry employees, families in turmoil to warring couples, through the use of well-honed psychological techniques getting through is made easy. Negotiating intractable situations is like driving up a steep hill but most of us make the mistake of creating more resistance by shifting up; downshift, and you get control.


Ruthless Execution: What Business Leaders Do When Their Companies Hit the Wall by Amir Hartman.


    This book identifies the central ingredients that help certain companies get beyond the wall and thrive--and show how to instill these ingredients in your organization. 




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Leadership Tip of The Month


A March 2011

survey by CareerBuilder 

shares some statistics that may help you build value  in your Management or Team Leadership. The nationwide survey was conducted among more than 2,480 US employers and 3,910 US workers. The results were telling.

When asked the biggest challenge for a person in a management position, they replied as follows:  


- Dealing with issues between co-workers on my team  

- Motivating team members - Performance reviews  

- Finding the resources needed to support the team - Creating career paths and leadership development for my team


If your team leaders face similar challenges, consider Management and Team Leadership development processes to link individual performances to your organization's success.  

For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month

"Good leadership is getting average people to do superior work."

John D. Rockefeller
John Branstad