What can managers do to minimize the chances of losing valued employees and reduce employee attrition levels? Should any action be taken or is attrition just part of the environment? Here’s nine ways strong leaders work to include employee retention strategies as a part of their operations plans.
This presentation is an excerpt from a speech delivered in September 2011. The topic was on shaping leaders to manage globally.
Innovation has been a hot topic for business leaders for several years but for too many people it can mean different things. I define innovation as the introduction of a new idea that forms a product, process or service. For organizations, innovation is the enabler of growth and is the stepping stone to new frontiers on the web, across the globe and in a variety of partnerships and relationships. But many organizations are overwhelmed with work and face a talent shortage in the key aspects of their business.
“Hey, Jerry,” I said as I saw him leaving a meeting. “What’s the status on our vendor’s first delivery for next Tuesday?”
“Oh, it will be fine.” he said. “They always deliver.”
“Have you reviewed the updated functional specs with them?”
“I haven’t had time to finish the document, but I talked about it with them over the phone. I’m sure if there were any issues they would have told me. I trust those guys.”
“Jerry, this is the first delivery for a year long project. If it isn’t up to par, you’ll spend the rest of the year scrambling to make it up. You’ll also spend that time trying to earn back our customer’s trust….. and mine.”
“ Don’t worry.” He replied. “If there was a problem I could smell it a mile away.”
In 2008 when the world was crashing, projects were dying, and budgets were drying up I started a WordPress blog under my own name. The original intent was to connect and share observations and insights on project related work in the tech space and how readers could remain successful in such challenging times. Since then, a lot has changed including my focus and it’s been obvious for some time that I needed to embrace a new approach. I’ve struggled with plagiarism from other sites (flattery, right?), a diverse audience whose needs weren’t always met and a limited message that didn’t always identify with my personal brand.