Be the Victor not the Victim as 84% of employees considers job changes in 2011

Manpower’s just released study shows 84% of American workers are open to considering a new position in 2011. This is both frightening and exciting! Exciting based on the opportunity to attract highly motivated and top performers and frightening in that most 2011 business objectives would be jeopardized if a firm was to lose key members of their team. Given this two-edged sword, it is critical you are proactive in your preparation and strategy.

Inc. Magazine noted the following Must Have’s employees are seeking:
1. Feel a sense of purpose in their work
2. Challenging and Achievable Goals
3. Recognition
4. Training and Development
5. Communication – feeling in the “loop”

Interestingly, these 5 areas can be successfully addressed via Organization initiatives or individually by a professional manager. The “magic” happens in organizations that support these initiatives corporately and when embraced by management members in the day-to-day work environment with team members.

To assist in addressing this critical time period and to accelerate overall organizational performance, Accountability Partners has developed two half-day workshops which complement each other in providing you the rallying points for your team around high impact organizational capabilities and constraints. Our workshop guides you in identifying both and provides the structure for creating action plans where your staff will find their sense of purpose and personal involvement. In the afternoon session you’ll also be guided through a process of uncovering your strengths and constraints as a leader, to improve your personal leadership effectiveness.

As staff members feel a sense of purpose in their contribution and understand their personal role in achieving these critical objectives, you will have succeeded in creating organizational advocates (retention) and valuable recruiters for the other 84% of employees!

Click here to see our Winter – Spring Workshop schedule being held in 22 cities throughout the United States.

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Is There Dust on Your Business Plan?

When is the last time you updated your business plan? An audit of your business or sales plan is a tremendously useful investment of your time, and we can help you either get started on a plan or audit your existing plan.

Your business plan becomes your roadmap for action and decision-making. It provides the information about where the business is headed for your staff to see their role and get aligned with your goals.

Getting your business plan written removes obvious frustration and the paralyzing indecision we face when our destination is uncertain. There can be a real sense of relief once you have a plan in place that succinctly and clearly addresses your unique goals and vision for your business. It can be the first time many business owners get the sense they are in control and leading their organization versus responding to daily opportunities and crisis’s.

Imagine how it would feel, if a key supplier or prospect could ask any of your staff the question about your company’s destination and could receive a consistent reply! Contact us to learn more about the different types of business plans, and which one may be right for you.

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Jack Welch… on motivating staff

I like this statement from former GE leader Jack Welch, which was contributed during his appearance at the most recent Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit:

“One of the jobs of a leader is to make guys like me feel 64, with hair. Leaders have a gene that says, ‘I love to see people grow. I love to reward people.’ They’re not mean-spirited… They don’t have a lot of envy. Envy is a terrible thing.”

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Where is Your Business Headed?

A wise Japanese proverb says that Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare”. If a customer were to ask a staff member where your business is headed, could they tell them?

If you answered no you are not alone. Recent statistics indicate that more than 95 percent of organizations fail to execute to their potential because of issues such as:

  • More than 66 percent of business owners’ “business plans” are in their head
  • Of the 34 percent that have it on paper, less than 5 percent have distributed it to their staff
Are you a part of the 66%, 34% or 5%?
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