Monthly Archives: March 2013

It’s Servant, Not Subservient

servant leadership qualitiesWhat comes to mind when you hear the term ‘servant leader’? A pushover boss? Someone who can’t make the tough decisions? Well, think again. The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a nationally recognized non-profit leadership development organization, defines it as “a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.”  Greenleaf, who coined the term in his highly regarded 1970 essay entitled “The Servant Leader,” spent a lifetime exploring, defining and teaching the approach. (more…)

Deep Breath In…

YogaWhen you hear about companies that have yoga classes or mindfulness training, does it sound like a luxury? Sure, Google can afford meditation and massage for their employees, but what about the rest of us? When you’re busy grappling with the cost increases for traditional benefits like health insurance, it can be hard to imagine adding programs like these. Numerous studies show, however, that investing in employee well-being pays off in tangible ways.

Offering more progressive forms of employee well-being programs is an investment that delivers hard returns (And you’ll see those health insurance costs go down, too!) That’s why, beginning in 2010, Aetna, one of the largest healthcare benefits companies in the US, implemented mindfulness and yoga programs for its own employees. How people feel at work influences how well they work.  Directly experiencing that you genuinely value their wellbeing will have a measurable effect on their engagement. (more…)

Help Your Culture Help You

Today, you are faced with challenges that yesterday’s business leaders could never have imagined. A tumultuous, rapidly changing global economy, a networked market and workforce, and a frequently shrinking margin all add up to more complexity and uncertainty in the world of business. And there’s no point in just riding out the storm. Things are only going to get more complicated and less predictable in the future. The old top-down, control-oriented ways of the past century just aren’t cutting it anymore. For your company to survive, let alone thrive, you must find new ways to engage your people and your customers. (more…)