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Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium

Last week I delivered the keynote address at the annual Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium conference in Pensacola, Florida. The audience was made up of shipyard owners (both large and small), HR and training professionals, talent recruiting firms and training development professionals. Many manufactured aircraft carriers and cruisers for the Navy. They asked me to address the topic of Employee Engagement and why it was essential within a manufacturing environment. I provided facts and details about why employee engagement is critical, such as improving revenue growth by 147%, that 73% of our US population is NOT ENGAGED and costing as much as $450 billion to our economy. Also, high levels of engagement improve output and productivity and ability to recruit top talent. After providing the factual data, I focused on what shipbuilders and manufacturers specifically need to do to improve employee engagement and to create an engagement culture.

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Brand Health

TEN things you can do to INSURE your brand’s health

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Feelings Matter at WORK

Are “FEELINGS” a leading indicator of your company’s culture?

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Now you have a VISION, MISSION, VALUES, PURPOSE and CULTURE: now what should your company do?

 

 Lately, I have been having some stimulating conversations with CEO’s and CMO’s about Vision/ Mission, Culture and Brand Purpose. They have many questions regarding how often should these ideas be revisited? How should they be cascaded throughout the company and by whom? They wonder whether they should address Vision/ Mission, Culture and Brand Purpose with internal resources, or secure the help of their agencies and consulting firms?

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Drucker Insititute, WSJ, 2018 250 Management Rankings , measures corporate effectiveness, : custo

 

Recently, the Wall Street Journal released its top 250 management rankings.  The Management Top 250 ranking, developed by the Drucker Institute, measures corporate effectiveness by examining performance in five areas: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility, and financial strength. The ranking is based on an analysis of 37 data inputs provided by 15 third-party sources.

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Sears, Retailing History, Retail, Brands that no longer exist, Walgreen Boots, Target, Khols, Amazon

 

It was only a matter of time. Well, today it happened. Yesterday, I opened my morning Wall Street Journal and saw the headline, “Sears prepares to file for Chapter 11” with the sub-headline reading “storied retailer hires M-III Partners to help on bankruptcy action; a debt deadline looms.” Today, I read a follow-up stories saying that their creditors were not going to arrange financing for restructuring which ensures foreclosure. How sad, yet necessary. We all anticipated the demise of Sears.

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Employee Engagement IS Important, Yet it is still a low management priority - Why?

As most of my readers and followers know, Inward and I have been huge supporters of employee engagement for over 20 years. One piece of research after another supports the proposition that employee engagement is a decisive factor in company success. Research from EEA (Enterprise Engagement Association) has data that says companies with high levels of employee engagement have higher shareholder value and revenue.  Gallup research indicates that high employee engagement contributes to higher productivity and revenue growth. I just saw some recent study that suggests that less than 50% of the employees understand the brand idea and even fewer understand what they're supposed to do to support the brand value proposition. So, it comes as no surprise what the Temkin Group has just released regarding their “Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2018”.

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Employee Engagement, Core Dimensions of Performance

I have always been a big fan of Peter Drucker, with his writings, theories and principles. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this management sage, he authored over 39 management books and was on the speed dial of many leading CEOs around the globe.  According to Wikipedia, Drucker taught that management is "a liberal art," and he infused his management advice with interdisciplinary lessons from history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, culture and religion.

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