Excited to be attending this year's TEDxJacksonHole event next weekend. It's always good to move outside of your daily norms and experience new ideas and ways of thinking.
The theme is Disruption. I often find that disruption - used positively - can be a great catalyst for Change.
How long is your commute? 2 minutes (to the home office), or an hour in a carpool in an HOV lane? Regardless of the duration, this is an opportunity for growth and development. Think of yourself as a captive audience.
I'm not sure how well you can pound out the next American novel on a laptop in a moving vehicle (looking at you, John Grisham), but writing while moving is something I cannot do. Reading is touch-and-go, depending on the pilot of the vehicle and the mode of transport. Plane? Great. Vehicle? Nope.
Living now in rural Wyoming and doing consulting work, it's clear I do quite a bit of driving. So in my case, neither reading nor writing are options. Recently, I joined Audible.com, a service now through Amazon, to listen to some of the books I had on my wishlist. I thought it would be a good way to make the most of long driving distances. Instead, I found it frustrating to drag through 18 hours of listening to a book I could read in 6. I know that there are variable speed settings, but these didn't seem to help my plight.
So, my preferred personal development tactic while driving is to listen to podcasts, Wyoming Public Radio (which is a fantastic service throughout the state), or TEDTalks. What are your commuting education pleasures?
Have you hugged your SBA / local Business Development folks today? I pinged an inquiry to the Wyoming Entrepreneur group this morning prior to a trip to Jackson this week and was able to pick up a list of additional contacts and resources that I can tap into when I'm there.
Each person I've interacted with is positive, enthusiastic, and altogether happy to support your success. Have you worked with your Small Business Administration folks in your area?
Many interesting takeaways from "Sustaining Change Momentum", Human Resource Executive Online. By Kecia Bal, September 16, 2013.
Employee engagement doesn't always filter down to managers, so you have to train them on how to keep employees engaged -- asking for input, involving employees in the change and going first via role modeling. You also need to help managers understand why people resist change. Because of this behavioral need to adopt a change-supported groundswell, e-learning or online training for handling change are ineffective.
Yep, I said it. I have seen e-learning pushed throughout an organization as a means to drive adoption to change, and this fails consistently, from the word "Go".
Humans are habitual creatures, and as such, change is difficult for most of the population. That includes your employees. Requiring them to sit through an online video and test module, when they feel they could be doing their work - for you - just creates a forced and unnecessary conflict.
Additionally, I don't agree with the HR trend to train managers to speak better about topics that are unclear to them. This would rather illustrate the first line of failure in effectively communicating change from the top down, via speaking at your employees, rather than speaking from a personal perspective, to them, about the coming changes. Managers can better usher change in through personal rollout sessions than through recorded speeches.
Towers Watson research report, Critical Human Capital Issues 2013, indicates 3 of the top 10 issues with employees involve dealing with change. Encouraging employee support of a change initiative is best met through communication - early and often - and employee engagement through interactive training.
This is one of the services Paintrock Consulting can provide your your firm, large or small. From working with key executives to develop the Communication plan, to development and implementation of Train-the-Trainer plan through the Management ranks, through workshop-styled full scale employee engagement sessions and town hall meetings.
PCS will be participating in the Wyoming Broadband summit in October...and live-tweeting it to boot! The core goals of the Wyoming Broadband Summit (now in its second year) are admirable: