Phil Dourado's picture

Only 13% of Employees Feel Engaged at Work. Richard Branson Has Some Advice.

This week from the Bearded Wonder:

"Success in business is all about people, people, people.

Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage. As Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce said recently, “They’re the ones making the magic happen -- so long as their needs are being met.”

So how do we meet those needs?

Richard Branson

That title's depressing. 13%.

Anonymous's picture

Morale: Whose Job Is It Anyways?

Up from the Hub archives. Originally published 2007 

Karl Von Clausewitz, a Prussian military general and military theorist, identified morale as a fundamental military principle.  Since Clausewitz published On War morale has developed into a concept seen as critical to organizations, including law enforcement.  Unfortunately, morale is difficult to define and in many circles has become somewhat synonymous with motivation.  In this article we will look at a very different definition of morale, its potential effects and how the first line supervisor can affect it.

Michael Allison's picture

Do Unto Others....

I was thinking more about the idea of simplifying leadership down to some really basic ideas, and I couldn't help but think of the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

I think that the Golden Rule really helps us boil leadership down to its most basic. If all of us simply reflect on how we like to be treated/led by those in positions of oversight and then apply the insights gained to our leadership of others, we would all become much better leaders and therefore happier and more successful.

Michael Allison's picture

Let's Take the Complexity Out of Leadership!

There is so much to continually read about leadership that anyone researching the subject can easily become very confused as to what leadership really is and what an effective leader should be doing. I firmly believe that if we're going to help anyone become leadership material, we must try to boil leadership down to the simplest form that we can. The discussion of leadership, in my view, has almost taken on a sort of philosophical overtone, which I personally am not comfortable with.

So let's try to make the subject of leadership a little simpler for all of us to understand.

Michael Scully's picture

The real power within: a tip from new member Michael

New Hub member Michael Scully shared this with me, below, and I think it's a powerful way of helping people feel less powerless in the face of the global financial maelstrom, the downturn and, on a more mundane note, how to deal with the lows of each day or week and focus them (and you!) on resilience. Michael said I could post it here. Do tell him what you think of this and if you found it useful. Thanks. Obviously, do credit Michael if you use this technique anywhere to help boost morale and 'can do' spirit. Phil Dourado