Brennan McEachran's Blog (49)

At least one person on your team feels very differently about how your last one-on-one went

Being a seasoned manager ain’t easy — but being a first-time manager brings its own set of unique challenges. At…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on June 20, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Here’s how you get employees to take ownership over their work (part III)

Last week I took a closer look at what ownership in the workplace looks like, why it matters, and how to achieve it.

Now I want…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on June 6, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Here’s how you get employees to take ownership over their work (part II)

Last week I wrote about getting employees to take…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on May 31, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Here’s how you get employees to take ownership over their work (part I)

There's a strong link between employees who take ownership, having a culture of accountability, and having a high trust workplace in high-performance workplaces. These elements must be embedded into the value and culture of a company in order to see the benefits.

This is post one of a three-piece series on building a culture of ownership, accountability, and trust in the workplace.…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on May 24, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Your Employees Hold the Key to Innovation

Innovation remains a key focus and stated priority for many organisations, and for good reason. The world is enamored with disruptive companies success stories because they create a desire to a) create their own equally disruptive offerings and b) a fear of becoming obsolete. But with disruption…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on May 8, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Ditch your employee suggestion box: it may be doing more harm than good

Academic research into suggestion systems highlights a huge variance in the impact that the average employee suggestion box has vs. a high performing program for managing employee ideas. In fact, the average …

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Added by Brennan McEachran on April 25, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Foster a culture of ideation using a whiteboard

Since whiteboards were first introduced to offices in the 1990s, they have become an essential tool for every organisation — how they are being used, however, can have a huge impact on the success of your company.

One of the most beneficial ways is as an idea whiteboard, ideally in conjunction with brainstorming exercises.

Idea whiteboard systems come with a host of benefits like being the start to building…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on April 19, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to facilitate a successful brainstorming session [workbook]

This post will help you facilitate a great brainstorming session. Use it in conjunction with the Brainstorming Workbook as a basic plan for conducting an effective session lasting two hours to a full day for up…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on April 12, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

An Employee's Sense of Control Can Improve Engagement

Giving employees a sense they have some control over their work and environment has the ability to drastically improve the level of motivation they bring to their jobs and engagement as…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on April 3, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How Employee Feedback Impacts Engagement

Employees who receive helpful, continuous feedback from managers not only work better and are more motivated, but they’re also much more engaged.

A survey conducted by leadership trainers Zenger Folkman…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on March 27, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

What Should Replace the Employee Engagement Survey?

It’s time to rethink the employee engagement issue.

The change we need to make is to redefine engagement beyond an annual HR measure to a…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on March 21, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

The top 5 articles on brainstorming

Chances are you've led or participated in a brainstorming session. Brainstorming is, after all, one of the most common tools for creative problem-solving. 

There’s a ton of content out there about it, but much of it isn’t based on research. My team and I…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Why you should focus on the manager/employee relationship

Do you do one-on-one meetings with your employees? You should. Employees value the one-on-one time they have with their managers and these meetings are imperative in building strong relationships in the workplace. Our company just launched a new tool called…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on March 1, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Capturing Employee Insight

As a small company or startup, ideas flow naturally. If you have a good idea, it’s easy to talk to the right people. But as organisations become larger and more complex, this becomes much harder. Size, geographical, departmental or functional silos make knowing who the best…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on February 23, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Developing employee creativity on demand

They take risks. Connect the dots. Observe everything. Turn obstacles into opportunities. These are just some of the qualities that differentiate people who are creative with those who are not. Creative people see the…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on February 16, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to Turn Your Organisation Into an Idea Factory: Part II

The most effective way of driving innovation at an organization, while ensuring employees are engaged, is by providing them with a platform where they can share their feedback and ideas…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on February 6, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to Turn Your Organisation Into an Idea Factory: Part I

Up to 80 percent of an organization's improvement potential could come from frontline employee ideas. However, the average employee suggestion box or idea program gets less than 10 percent adoption, has fewer than .5…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on January 31, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to Set Goals on Purpose

Download the Goal Setting Guide here: http://info.soapboxhq.com/Soapbox-goal-setting-guide

Personal…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on January 23, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

5 non-negotiables to make your company a great place to work (Part 2)

In…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on September 20, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

5 non-negotiables to make your company a great place to work (Part 1)

What makes a workplace great? Is it a cool office, perks, or unique…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on September 14, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

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