Billions of dollars are spent yearly by companies in efforts to effect employee happiness. Yet a Leadership IQ study of over 1400 U.S. based companies shows that only 19% of U.S. employees are highly engaged and 53 % are under engaged or disengaged. The data also reveals that the most highly engaged employees (evidenced by the deep fulfillment they find in their work and their readiness to recommend the organization as a great place to work) aren’t even found in workplace environments that focus on happiness. Instead, it’s organizations that regularly push employees outside their comfort zones where employees enjoy highest level of engagement.
The Olympics officially kicked off last Friday, and the entire world is tuned in to see the highest-caliber athletes compete to win the most coveted prize in international sports: Olympic Gold. However, this just barely scrapes the surface of what is really going on at the Olympics. The century-old sports competition is also one of the world’s most high profile sport’s sponsorship opportunities; for a select number of brands, the Olympics offers the chance to be seen on a global stage, and reap the benefits of being associated with the healthy and glamorous images of star athletes. However, do the benefits justify the $100 million price tag for top sponsors?
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My first job was as a lifeguard at my summer swim club, Vienna Woods. What I wouldn’t do now to trade in my office attire for sunglasses, a tan, and a Diet Coke, sitting up on the lifeguard stand with a whistle around my neck.
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These are without doubt the most participated in, and talked about, Olympic games of all time. But with the ousting last week of both Michael Morganella and Voula Papachristo for offensive tweets, surely one of the biggest game changers in London this year is social media itself. With so much at stake, it begs the questions do athletes need social coaches – and what is the role of the digital medium in the Olympics?
I wake up in the morning to the sound of my iPhone alarm; with eyes barely open a New York Times pop-up app updates me on any urgent news, and while checking the weather and my e-mail I am alerted of the day’s birthdays by yet another very helpful app. I glance at Facebook to instantaneously see what my friends have been up to for the past 12 hours as I walk to the kitchen to make coffee. In the span of about two minutes I return to a conscious state and gain all of the information I need for the day, by doing nothing more than a couple of taps.
Digital technology has changed how, when, where and what sort of information we consume, effecting how we obtain knowledge. Free and global accessiblility to information is driving the democratization of knowledge. Various platforms such as the Khan Academy, Academic Earth, and Udacityhave begun the conversation; however doesn’t it seem like someone is missing from the discussion? Where are the historic, endowed learning institutions that have been the foundation, source, and impetus of knowledge for the past centuries? Where is their contribution to the start of the academic revolution?
According to the recent and paradoxical declarations of marketing expert and Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts, marketing is dead. Following the logic of other marketing leaders such as blogger and entrepreneur Joseph Jaffe, is advertising also going through a near-death crisis? It appears that way, at least for the advertising that doesn’t consider creativity.
In his book Life After the 30-Second SpotJaffe advised marketing professionals to not limit their creativity by focusing on the structure of the 30-second spot. Here, discover how creative and non-traditional advertising could be the saving grace for publicity.
We have an instinctive sense that introverts are anything but powerful. However a recently published book by former Wall Street lawyer and avowed introvert Susan Cain takes aims at this common misconception and claims that introverts have much to offer in terms of leadership and creativity that is frequently either undervalued or overlooked altogether.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking has become an instant best seller, igniting discussions about the values and characteristics that we as a society look for, appreciate and encourage, whether it be in our children, our team members or our leaders.
I recently had the chance to talk to Susan about some of the ideas in her book and the potential impact they have on business. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation
How does a teenage, pig-tailed girl from a low-income family in Edgewater, New Jersey turn into one of New York’s most powerful real-estate moguls? By being great at failing, and using the simple lessons that her mother taught her while living alongside her nine other siblings in a cramped apartment and applying them to business. Barbara Corcoran, bestselling author and featured "Shark" on ABC´s Shark Tank, is a woman on a mission with the creativity, guts, and gall to turn a $1,000 loan from a boyfriend into a real-estate empire later sold in 2001 for $66 million.
According to authors Dan Leidl and Joe Frontiera, partners at Meno Consulting, not everything is lost when teams fail. On the contrary, in their book Team Turnarounds, they put on the table what is necessary for teams to make a turn around and return to a path to success.
But how to reach goals in an environment with limited resources, where from one day to the next you can find yourself in a very precarious situation? In a context where it is essential to do more with less, many employees around the world as well as those who lead are looking for a strategy that will give them a 180° turn around on performance.
In the WOBI offices in New York, Lori Greene had the opportunity to interview Dan Leidl, one of the authors of Team Turnarounds and an expert in Sports Psychology, who explains to us how we can achieve this crucial turn around in teams thanks to the key role of leaders and with the help of invaluable lessons from sports.
It’s game on, for Human Resource officers. Increasingly, several organizations such as Marriott, Deloitte, Aetna and the US Department of Defense, are using gaming to recruit, develop and motivate employees to live a healthier life.
Just what is gamification? Is it the latest management fad? Will it still be something we talk about in 2020?
The growing interest in gamification stems from a desire to increase engagement levels among employees and in the process bring more visibility, openness and a system of rewards and recognition into the workplace. Given the recent engagement numbers released from Gallup, showing 71 percent of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, gamification is finding its way on the agenda of the Chief Human Resource Officer.