Posts Tagged ‘Productivity’

The Productivity Fix

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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In my new keynote, I share the not-so-secret information that sometimes slows our productivity and offer up powerful solutions that are quite effective in increasing it.

It’s feels like the more effort we put in place to increase our productivity, the more hurdles pop up in an attempt to slow our progress.

Leadership, open communications and the ability to be resourceful are essential.

The problem is that constraints get in our way and limited resources only add to a decline in productivity. And, we’re often scrambling to keep our workload from getting the best of us.

There’s little doubt the each of us wants higher productivity, not less, when faced with these constraints.

It can affect any and all departments and all positions in the company as well. From leaders and management to first year employees.

Sometimes, we’re aware of the barriers and other times not so much. But, it’s this desire to remove them that is essential to growing productivity, retaining employees and growing workplace satisfaction.

Think about what’s at stake

Sales, marketing, production, admin, HR, IT, company initiatives and more have the opportunity to receive and deliver more information if they can identify the staff that could benefit from it.

Our customers benefits too, because the sharing of information that is not secret or proprietary can increase sales, inventory and margins.

Resourcefulness is essential in increasing productivity as history shows us repeatedly.

Too often, we recognize and even complain about the resources we don’t have. We’re quick to point out what’s not working or why we cannot produce like we used to produce.

The answer is based on studies for my new book, 28 years in corporate America and workplace observations, both inside and on the streets, where deals are made and lost.

Think about Gates and Allen. They began with Traf-O-Data. It read and processed traffic tapes but was too expensive for municipalities. They failed.

But Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame took inventory of the resources they had, looked at multiple perspectives of these resources and focused on microprocessors.

These efforts would eventually lead them to an inexpensive desktop computer that ran on microprocessors for much less then what was available.

Today Bill Gates is worth $70 billion and Paul Allen $20 billion. That’s leadership and productivity!

To increase our workplace productivity we must consider multiple perspectives of the same resource.

Doing this while sharing information with coworkers and different departments at work will:

1-Give you an advantage over your competition

2- Increase productivity

3- Grow employee retention

What are you going to do to assist your teams to increase their productivity?

 

Scott Lesnick is an international speaker and author. Learn more at www.scottlesnick.com

Mirroring Margaret’s Management Mojo and Leadership

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

It’s safe to say that Margaret is one of the finest managers I’ve ever met. She’s a rare combination of great insight, intelligence, forward thought, deep caring, tremendous leadership, problem solving skills extraordinaire and so much more.

So, you may ask, why aren’t more leaders like Margaret? I wondered too, so I asked her to explain her management philosophy.

Me– It apparent to me and those you work with that you’re a cut above other managers at your company. Why is that?

Margaret– I’m not comfortable comparing myself to other managers. Earlier in my career, I worked on defining my role, what I should be working on, what to delegate and how to “manage up” i.e. my manager.

This thoughtful approach has allowed me to become a better manager. And, others see this approach and are drawn to it. I try to be fair. It’s important.

Me– Aren’t you afraid of getting to close to those you manage i.e. everyone wants to be your friend which could lessen your effectiveness?

Margaret- Everyone doesn’t want to be my friend. While I genuinely care about the people I manage, there is still a difference between personal and professional friendships.

Me- You seem to care a lot, assist others and even have employees from other department coming to you for advice. Why is that?

Margaret- Perhaps all managers are not equal. I guess I have thoughts, ideas and ways to improve their job that they want to bounce off of me. As I said before, I’m a good listener. I cross departments often, I reach out a lot and folks know me. That makes it easier for us to

Me- Sweet! Do you have a management philosophy?

Margaret- Not really, no. I prefer to manage people the way that I would want to be managed. My role is to listen carefully, help others grow, point out ideas that staff may not of seen, reduce barriers, provide other perspectives and help make individuals more productive aka the best they can be.

Me- Okay, so managers are liked, loved despised and tolerated. You are liked and loved. That’s impressive. What’s your advice to other managers?

Margaret- Spend time with the people you supervise. It can be tempting to cancel meetings with your staff, because you have a lot of other things to do. My advice is to always make that meeting happen even if it needs to be postponed. And, some need a personal touch, others with task. If you spend time with them you’ll know!

What is you managing style?

How close to Margaret’s style of managing is your manager’s?

Learn more at www.scottlesnick.com

Stop Wasting Talent-Part-2

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Alright, we left off on a good note. I asked:

Your job is rewarding and challenging. This applies to you to. Are you happy? Are you looking? Are you doing a little extra to make sure you don’t lose valuable employees? Okay then, work it!

Several kind readers have shared privately the challenges they face with public vs. private sector staff. The public sector has less money to keep its talent and the private sector is also stretched thin as money to retain good employees is often not a high priority.

So, what are some of the top ways of keeping YOU happy? How do we make sure You stay put? Besides money, what can we offer YOU that help bring real value in your professional and personal life?

With my teams I made a point of doing some of the following.  I wish I knew about all of these.

Armed with this knowledge you’ll have a stronger chance of utilizing, cultivating and keeping talent. Not in order of most important to least because each of us is unique!

  • Train Us– Right below money rest two very important wants. Employees understand that training makes them better, grows knowledge and understanding and increase opportunities for advancement.
  • I Belong!-Feeling like you contribute, matter and make a difference is huge. Being recognized in the hallway matters too. Don’t pass up a chance to chat with your staff. If YOU don’t feel this are you going to consider looking for another position?
  • Information Share– Let your employees in on what’s going on. Let them feel part of the process. Also, allow them easy access to top management so that they can present Thoughts, ideas and even concerns.
  • Recognize a Job Well Done-From first year to seasoned veteran we desire praise and often pick up our game after receiving it. And, giving/receiving praise has a positive chemical reaction in the brain and body! Appreciation is VERY important!
  • Job security- Employees from 21-88 need to know/feel that their job is waiting for them when they arrive every morning. Just a hint that it doesn’t will have them looking from work elsewhere. And in a strong job market the opportunities rest firmly in their court.
  • Kind, tactful and helpful guidance and criticism- The emotional well-being of employee’s matters and it should matter to all managers. As adults, we want to be treated with respect regardless of title and position. Kindness, humor and constructive guidance are far more effective than brute force and a crappy attitude.

 

  • Open the door-let ‘em in- Sir Paul McCartney had it right. Being included and feeing part of what is making the company tick matters to many employees. And, they often bring valuable insight that can be the catalyst to further grow and prosperity for individuals and the company.

 

Working is an honor, privilege and a necessity. 28 years at a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company and speaking from coast to coast have taught me the value of each of us. Collectively, we have a greater chance of meeting goals, exceeding expectations and having some fun in the process. THIS is what successful companies and great managers strive for. Are you part of this awesome team or do you need to make some changes?

 

Scott Lesnick is a keynote speaker, consultant and author of Kidjacked-A Father’s Story.

Check him out at www.scottlesnick.com

Running the Wrong Way!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Running the Wrong Way

I run outside year round in the second coldest major city in America (Milwaukee) and I have run here for over 25 years.

Now, it’s difficult enough to get my butt outside in all kinds of weather ‘cause…exercise ain’t so easy, the wind is unforgiving and let’s just say I run on the road. Yep, I’m a roadrunner who goes against traffic, gets cursed at and has had his share of ‘non-attentive or angry’ drivers.

I’m not changing because I need to run. I’m going to continue running against traffic with no music so I can see what’s coming at me.

How about you?

Is it time for you to consider changing direction?

  • Family

Take a look inward and ask yourself these questions:

What else can I do to show my family I care? Am I just present or am I an integral part of everyday life. Perhaps it’s time to jump in even more and add your own unique flavor.”  “What’s holding me back from doing this? Am I uncomfortable?”

Perhaps family, a loved one or a relationship is bringing you down.

Consider changing directions. Talk to a close friend. Open up your mind to the new possibilities others can offer. Fresh perspectives can often help us see things clearer. And, don’t be afraid!

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Gut check time. Are you close to being where you wanted to be? If your job sucks then leave! You have my permission. It’s not that easy, Scott. You can’t just up and split!  Yeah, you can. Especially, if you heading in the wrong direction. The choice is yours but remember, some will try to stop your progress. Listen to them, and then move forward in the direction that YOU want. Don’t be afraid to change directions and run against traffic.

  • Life

One shot! Whatever your beliefs, I’d like you to consider this. 29219 days. 42,075,000 minutes. Let’s say you live to be 80 years old. I hope you reach 90! The number of days we have to play, have fun and do what matters most to us is/are numbered.  Running the wrong way can open up you life to fantastic possibilities. Grabbing hold of your life is a real job. Work just provides money to make life happen. What is it that you’re waiting to do? A friend once shared with me that we always say “someday I’m going to………. Someday I will…… when someday isn’t even a day of the week!” Don’t wait. Jump in. Run against traffic and see what you discover

I’ve been running against traffic my entire life, sometimes falling flat on my face by attempting things that weren’t wise. Other times I blew my mind and others at what I had accomplished. Towing the line is boring. Running on a treadmill is…well it’s good for ya. But, running the wrong direction is exhilarating, challenging and full of wonderful possibilities.

Isn’t it time to consider your life as precious too? Don’t you want to live your life the way it matters most to you? Are you ready to change directions after giving thought to where you want to be?

Which direction are YOU running?