There was an interesting conversation today on ABC Radio Brisbane about the benefits of being ‘Thankful’ for a more fulfilling, happier life. One of the things that was discussed, that is extremely relevant for leaders who wish to develop a positive, highly engaged, and motivated team, was the benefit of motivating people through the positive affirmation of the things they do well instead of focusing on the things they aren’t doing so well.
Of course, if a team member (or the whole team) is doing something incorrectly, this of course needs to be addressed, however, mixing critique with praise is a highly effective way of making sure a culture of negativity isn’t developed.
Sometimes it can be hard to find the positives but if you look hard enough, you’ll find them!
Ps. Forgive the lack of posts last week, I’m afraid I was away on business and it wasn’t easy to get to a computer.
It’s been a little while since I last posted something more on the light-hearted side, so here’s an L&D quote for you from the Queen – Cheers, Sam…
‘It’s all to do with the training: You can do a lot if you’re properly trained”– Queen Elizabeth II
I’m a great believer in networking with others in the wider L&D/OD community to keep up-to-date with what’s going on ‘out there’…what the latest learning methods are, what’s working, what’s not, etc etc – not to mention having a place to discuss your ideas and ask for advice and just to have a chat with like-minded people.
For those of you that are members of AHRI (The Australian Human Resources Institute), there are AHRI L&D Networking events hosted across Australia. Continue reading
This morning I was reminded of an item on ABC radio about the way Australian companies can remain profitable in an increasingly competitive global market.
The unquestionable truth is that we simply cannot compete with countries like India and China when it comes to cost of manufacturing/production…indeed, we lost that race many years ago.
However, western countries/companies still (just) lead the field in terms of innovation, and if your product or service is one (or more) steps ahead of the competition from overseas, buyers will typically allow for the extra costs associated with production.
A large international accounting firm (no prizes for guessing who) recently announced the results of its analysis of the Australian mining sector and, in short, basically said that we’re still in the ‘boom’ (albeit at the tail end of it) but that we’ve moved from a situation where there was a BIG fight to hire enough skilled staff to do the job, to making sure that they got as much as possible from the established workforce (and other resources) to stay competitive and provide a return to their investors.
I’m always more than happy to hold my hand up and declare that I’m biased towards L&D solutions as a way to address workforce capability/productivity issues, however, I can’t see any other way to achieve this outcome without some significant workforce planning and capability development via well designed training programs.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
An insightful short video on some of the benefits a good, well designed and developed LMS (Learning Management System) can have on an organisation – Sam…
Learning and Development in the Digital Age
From: HCMag Online – www.hcmag.com
Click here for the orginal video post