Charles Koves’s first Passion Pont For 2006 talks about the importance of corporate trust in good performance.
I think employees need to feel actively involved in any enterprise and not remote bystanders . Disengaged employees will quickly be cone disillusioned and mistrustful as they feel excluded.
Its essential that most employees genuinely think their corporate leaders are trying to do their best for their employees, as those employees cohesively then do their best within their team and for their customers. Changing culture is much more difficult in large organisation than many realise .His interesting newsletter is reproduced in full as per below.
Welcome to the 1st Passion Point for 2006. Our goal with these Passion Points continues to be to provoke you so that your business, and the rest of your life, become filled with more passion, performance, and improved balance of mental, physical, and spiritual elements. A special welcome to the many new subscribers who have recently joined our passionate community.
100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR 2006
”Each year, Fortune Magazine conducts its survey to discover these ‘top 100’. What impact does being a great place to work have on profits? The answer is ‘huge’: publicly-listed companies within the top 100 ‘consistently wallop’ the S&P 500, one of the key market indices in USA, says Deloittes.
Is there a key factor in creating a Great Place to Work, as developed by the Great Place to Work Institute in San Francisco? The unequivocal answer is trust, in three different roles:
trust between management and employees,trust between employees themselves, and trust that what the company is doing actually matters!
We are delighted by these research results because they clearly prove the value of what we do here, and what these Passion Points to Ponder are all about. These research results give you the ammunition to defend yourself and long-term profitable business practices against the sceptics and the cynics who are unwilling to invest in the people issues. There is much to say about the survey results, but we thought we would pick out 29 of the most provocative practical processes that various Top 100 companies implement to build the trust. If any of them appeal to you, implement them!
If you already do something similar at your workplace, congratulations. If you don’t know which of these processes will create the ‘biggest change bang for your buck’, ask us and we’ll send you a diagonostic instrument to help you. Here are the 29, (not ranked in order of importance):
1. Commitment by the leaders to constantly and passionately work on creating the right culture, and pounce on any evidence of cultural atrophy.
2. Every milestone is celebrated in a big way, such as a rock concert with a great band.
3. Free cappuccinos.
4. Parties every Friday night.
5. Employees permitted to pursue their obsessions.
6. Onsite day care.
7. Concierge service, to solve your birthday party planning needs, or laundry needs.
8. Pounce on every attempt by employees to ‘cover their butts’ i.e. taking responsibility is demanded.
9. Imbue employees with idealism for the inspirational purpose of the organisation.
10.Allow an attitude of flouting conventional wisdom
11.Create strategies to attract the best and brightest talent.
12.Allow employees to spend up to 20% of their work time ‘pursuing pet projects.’
13.Reinvest significant proportion of profits into research that will help the organisation to survive into a fast-changing future
14.Squash silo mentality thinking that creates personal fiefdoms.
15.Hire people who are passionate and impose rigid disciplines in the employing process/
17.Make it easy to collaborate with colleagues.
18.Create an environment where taking risks is ok, recognising that innovation does not occur without risks and courageous acts
19.Create brilliant and inspirational induction processes for new employees
20.Survey employees weekly to make sure alignment with corporate goals is maintained at a high level.
21.Allow any employee to look up any other employee’s salary.
22.Invest every week in training and development of employees; understand the need for strategic thinking on the learning investment.
23.Prayer at the start of team meetings
24.Allow every employee to nominate a colleague as a ‘hero’, with rewards following.
25.CEO is willing to answer any question by any employee at monthly gatherings.
26.Reimburse adoption expenses and fertility treatment expenses.
27.Reimburse tuition expenses up to agreed amount.
28.Help given to employees to develop healthier habits.
29.Onsite amenities for employees such as massage, haircuts, dentistry, car wash, oil change, bocce, and table tennis.
We hope some of these press your buttons!
Remember, the profitability of the organisations that do this sort of stuff is way above ‘average’. It makes sense, doesn’t it? How can you earn above average returns if you are doing what everyone else is doing??
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KEY NOTE SPEECH TOPICS1 PASSIONATE PERFORMANCE: YOUR KEYS TO MENTAL, PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL WELLBEING IN BUSINESS. 2 THE POWER OF VISIONARY LEADERSHIP3 The 7 Key steps to create Outstanding teams.4 How to retain the best people in your Organisation.5 PASSION: THE KEY TO YOUR SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.6 HIGH PERFORMANCE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP IN THE KNOWLEDGE AGE.7 Change: Make it an inspirational game!8 A PASSION FOR LIFE, AND LIVING IT!9 KEY PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.10 7 STRATEGIES THAT GUARANTEE LOYALTY FROM EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS.
Best regards from Australia's Passion Provocateur (copyright)Charles Kovess LL.B.(Hons), LL.M., CSP*Immediate Past National PresidentNational Speakers' Association of Australia(*CSP means Certified Speaking Professional, the highest membership category of NSAA and the only internationally recognised designation for professional speakers.)www.kovess.comNOTE NEW ADDRESS DETAILSph 0395622248mobile 0412317404PO Box 1412, Central Park East Malvern Vic 3145Office: 17 Notre Dame Parade, Mulgrave Vic 3170Author of 'Passionate People Produce' and 'Passionate Performance'Co-author of '7 Heavenly Virtues of Leadership'