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Just In! A Wake-up Call for Bosses! (draft 12.07.17)

December 7th, 2017


What’s hot?


  • 35% of employees would give up a raise to see their leaders fired*
  • A mere 13% of the global workforce says they are engaged!*
  • 24% of the global workforce report being actively disengaged* and
  • Gallup Engagement scores have dropped over the past 15 years and things don’t seem to be getting better.

So what?


Leaders have an inaccurate perception of their ability to engage others. A  McKinsey & Co. study of 80,000 leaders revealed that 77% felt they were doing well engaging people and creating productive employees.

There is a huge gap between the way leaders view themselves and how they are perceived by employees.  The result: a lot of employee pain and very little productivity!


What to do?


  1. Woman or man up! Ask for 360 feedback.  Give people an opportunity to tell you, anonymously, how well you are engaging, supporting and motivating them.
  2. Own the results of your 360 feedback. Thank people for taking the time and interest.  Tell them where they rated you  Tell them where your ratings were low (without blaming/retribution/excuses) and commit to two or three changes you plan to make as a result of their feedback.
  3. If 360 feedback is not an option, start asking your direct reports two questions on an ongoing basis. We say “ongoing” because at first, you may be met with silence.  However, if you continue to ask these two questions one-on-one with a sincere desire to hear what people have to say, you will gain extraordinary insight relative to how to engage and motivate:
    • What do I do that helps you do the best job possible?
    • What do I do that gets in the way of your doing the best job possible?
  4. Increase your Emotional Intelligence (EI): expand your ability to recognize and act appropriately in response to your own emotions and the emotions of others. If you can’t monitor and manage emotions, you can’t manage your decisions.

*A survey of more than 35,000 leaders in 900 countries conducted by Rasmus Rugaard and “Harvard Business Review” to be released in March 2018.

Want to learn more about how you are viewed as a leader?  Click here. Not only can you get 360 feedback, you can also raise your EI and gain access to quick, easy-to-access-and-transfer leadership lessons.

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