Monthly Archives: August 2014

Putting Servant Leadership Into Practice:  Listening

effective listeningEvery day, employees across the country receive more than 1,800 messages. From phone calls and emails to memos and face-to-face conversations, our workforce is bombarded with information. How can we manage so many messages throughout our day? The truth is, we don’t. According to the International Listening Association, we are distracted, forgetful or preoccupied an astounding 75 percent of the time that we’re listening—meaning there’s not much listening happening in our offices! Imagine how much more progress could be made as businesses and in our own leadership journeys if we truly valued and practiced engaged listening. (more…)

SHIFTING FROM COMPLIANCE TO ENGAGEMENT

from compliance to engagementAccording to a recent Gallup Poll, more than 70 percent of Americans are disengaged at work. That’s seven out of every 10 employees – the majority of our workforce!

What’s especially challenging is that many of these individuals are adequate contributors. They get the job done. They receive average performance reviews. But, they are largely going through the motions without the passion, commitment or creativity of their more engaged peers. Just think of the untapped potential you could unleash if you were able to help these competent performers truly engage with you, their peers and their professional responsibilities. (more…)

GETTING TO THE HEART OF TEAM PERFORMANCE

heart coherenceFrom the first crudely drawn heart-shaped symbols painted on cave walls by Ice-Age hunters, humans have been fascinated with the heart and its role in our health and well-being.

Over the past 100 years, medical professionals have made great advances in understanding and treating heart disease and injury. However, some of the most significant, and fascinating, research being done today focuses on Heart Intelligence – the physiological mechanisms that allow the heart to communicate with the brain. (more…)

Reigniting the Passion for Servant Leadership

servant leadershipWith all-time low employee engagement levels in sharp contrast to organizations’ critical need for improved productivity and innovation, we at Harmony Crew aren’t surprised at the renewed popularity of Servant Leadership. This leadership framework, originally coined and formally developed by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970s, is experiencing a resurgence as colleges, universities and businesses large and small across the globe recognize the value of following service-driven leadership principles. And, it’s understandable why – servant-led companies enjoy 20 – 40% higher profit margins than non-servant-led competitors. (more…)