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How To Use Power To Manage Effectively

  Regardless of popular belief and assumption on the nature of organizational effectiveness, nothing gets done in an organization until someone takes on the responsibility to make it happen. Managers’ primary responsibilities are to make the right things happen. To do so effectively, management must successfully influence the activities of other organizational members. The art of influencing others involve exercising power. In any organizational setting, to influence successfully, power must…

Why a 360-Feedback Approach can be Detrimental to Performance

Virtually every organization I have partnered with has a form of employee performance evaluation system. Some more formal than others, which I favor; some exist as a mere formality that no one in the organization has a clue of how and when they are used. Assessing and providing performance feedback is essential to employees’ ability to perform duties effectively. Before individuals can be rewarded, there must be some process in…

Perspective on Employee Engagement and Retention

In today’s workplace it’s hard not to notice how engagement and retention determines the future of organizational success. Unhappy employees are not only underperforming and increasing the cost of turnover and retention, they are also letting prospective know to avoid the company. Thanks to social media, and new developments in technology, unhappy employees are the media. Issues affecting engagement and retention can no longer be in the back burner of…

Promoting organizational effectiveness

For centuries, philosophers, military and government leaders, and managers have attempted to capture the true essence of organizational effectiveness.  Adam Smith discussed in The Wealth of Nations that high degree of specialization is the surest way to achieve operational effectiveness.   Although this concept was introduced over two centuries ago, it’s still very relevant today.  As the responsible agents for individuals, groups, and entire organizations, managers often must consider the possibility…

Tips on Utilizing Strengths to Leverage Success: An Individual and Organizational Choice

Throughout history, great achievers – Napoleon, da Vinci, and Mozart – Have always managed themselves. Their unusual talents and accomplishments have made them rare exceptions to ordinary people. Most of us, at one point or another will have to learn to manage and develop our strengths. Placing ourselves and our career where we can make the greatest contribution is essential. Staying alert and mentally engaged for a 55-year working life,…