News From LBD
December 2015 Volume 5 Issue 12

7 Tips to Boost Employee Engagement and Create a Culture of Success in 2016 and Beyond


     Why you must become a leader worth following.
        Inspired by Dr. Ivan Misner and Jack Canfield

What's the difference between leaders who inspire a high level of employee engagement and those who struggle to get people to simply do the bare minimum that their jobs require?
Here are some tips on how to boost employee engagement in your company and create a culture of success:

1. Know your own strengths and weaknesses
Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses gives you the ability to discern when your skills will add value, or not, and keeps you open to delegating and listening to people with other points of view.

2. Inspire your team with a clear, compelling vision 
To engage your employees and motivate them to work tirelessly toward achieving a goal, you must first have a clear and compelling vision of the future. Is the goal honorable, beneficial, ethical, and uplifting? What's so compelling about it? What else will also be achieved as your team is striving for this major goal? To inspire maximum employee engagement, you'll also need to articulate who your team will become as they learn and grow on the path to achieving your vision. Belief in your vision must be unshakable.

3. Listen for possibility
 People want to know they make a difference and that their insights and opinions matter. As you listen, focus on remaining present in the moment and being curious to hear other options. When you truly listen and are open to all input and ideas, it allows you to co-create new approaches, new outcomes, and new benefits from the ideas that you hear, and gives your employees the freedom and ability to help shape your path in ways that you alone would not have foreseen.

4. Coach employees to take leadership roles
Instead of being the only person figuring out what to do next, you can help them develop their own problem-solving skills and come up with their own solutions by coaching them into an action of self-direction.

5. Encourage constant improvement
Meet with your employees regularly so you have a good idea of what their strengths, skill gaps, and interests are. Encourage them to take control of their own career development and then help them create personalized improvement paths that will benefit them personally while increasing their value to the company. Provide the budget and time necessary to help them achieve their goals.

6. Always take care of your people
When it comes right down to it, you can't inspire employee engagement without earning their loyalty first. The best way to inspire loyalty is to make sure your employees know you are always looking out for their best interests.

7. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable yourself
The key to being self-aware as a leader is a willingness to be wrong, to not know everything, to recognize that you have certain biases, and to see where your opinions may be simply getting in the way. No one has all the answers, and great leaders admit there is always plenty to learn. They encourage honest feedback and take it to heart.

To boost employee engagement, you must become a leader worth following. 

What Leaders Are Reading

The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus How to Get Big Things Done in Your "Workshop"-- All Year Long 
by Eric Harvey, David Cottrell, Al Lucia and Mike Hourigan.
This book  has been around a little while, but it seems timely to remind ourselves of its lessons. It is not just a book for the holiday season, but has year-round advice and uses the story of Santa as an engaging framework. 

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As Christmas
approaches: An Attitude of Gratitude will make this season a real blessing!
Attitude of Gratitude
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with good health, you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle unfolding all around you, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of 500  million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of persecution, harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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Quote of the Month
"Christmas isn't something we do. It is something that was done for us."
John Branstad