In Norway there are now thousands of people in the public sector on strike and the parts involved are miles apart. The power of unions in Norway are very strong so they have decided to take people out of work to faster reach an agreement. This is how the Norwegian model work, power is equal. A question came to me when hearing about this, does unions actually improve work in terms of organizational performance and employment practices?
When you think about companies that are known for being good places to work the first company that often come to mind is Google. Their “employer brand” is very strong and I would go as far as to comparing it with other well-known brands such as Nike and McDonald’s. The difference being the latter is known first and foremost for the products they sell and not their employment practices.
To: Leaders Everywhere
From: A Fellow Sojourner
Subject: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Dear fellow leaders,
It has come to my attention that we are our own worst enemies. The lack of our effectiveness and success is primarily due to our own stupidity and failure to get out of our own way. We tend to get wrapped up in our own little worlds and forget that our primary goal is to influence others to higher levels of performance. We forget that the energy we bring to our team through our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual presence is what sets the tone for their morale, productivity, and well-being.
It’s time to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Here are three key checkups I suggest you perform:
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Organizations today come up with some really great vision and mission statements. These are often public and you will often find them easily accessible on their web page. Who makes these statements? Who are they for? And who must make sure that they are reached. There are many stakeholders that want to have a say, but what about the employees? Do they share these objectives?
A florist needs to care for his or her plants to make a living. Think of flowers as a florists employees. You yourself most likely have flowers, if not at home you might have it at your workplace. Having flowers that don’t dry up requires you to give them nutrition, and not forgetting it e.g. assign a bad system of care for your plants.
This famous quote from the author of the 7 habits of highly effective people sums it up:
“If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.” — Stephen Covey
This sums up the point I was trying to make in my last post. Very good article which emphasizes the value of empowering your employees.
I would like to propose a workplace version of the Miranda Warning. You’re probably familiar with it, but if not, it’s the warning given by police officers in the United States to criminal suspects before they take them into custody and question them. The Miranda Warning (aka, Miranda Rights) goes like this:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”
My workplace version of the Miranda Warning is to protect employees’ rights to make their own decisions and to remind over-controlling leaders to back off, quit grabbing control (because you think your way is the best and only way), and…
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