In my last blog post, I discussed the three primary drivers of employee engagement in organizations today: Relationship with immediate supervisor, belief in senior leadership, and pride in working for one’s company. Today, the focus is on the five steps for successful employee engagement, all driven by senior leaders.
When you next see Jon Konarske (or meet him), give my friend a hearty handshake in congratulations for his promotion from associate publisher to managing publisher of In Business magazine! I could not be more excited and proud to announce in this column that I am moving into the role of publisher emeritus, which means I am transitioning this very week into full-time employment in my own company, Glynn Patrick and Associates, LLC, which specializes in 360-degree business consulting. I’m also thrilled to announce that IB has become a primary client; I will have the opportunity to work with Jon on the projects he would like to see completed to further his new vision of the magazine.
Although he died nearly eight years ago, Peter Drucker lives on as one of the greatest business and management minds of the last 100 years. If he had blogged, he would have had millions of followers. As a content marketer, it’s a necessity that I teach businesspeople how to blog, and the most important insight I can share is to think like Drucker when you’re ready to write.
Recently I learned that Dr. Moses Altsech is bringing his parents to the United States from their home in Greece. The political and social climate in Greece is akin to pre-war Germany for Greek nationals of Polish descent, such as Moses’ parents. Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has launched a vicious attack on a leading Jewish organization, claiming that “Zionists” control U.S. and Greek policy. Similar to the Nazis’ use of cartoons in Europe in the 1930s-’40s, the party recently posted a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Samaras sitting on the floor under a bloody logo in front of a caricatured Jew in a chair. On the wall is a demonized President Obama, who is described in racist terms and is also portrayed as a religious Jew.
The armamentarium of social media platforms and tools used by consumers and businesses continues to evolve and grow. This growth has made choosing the networks in which to “play” and sometimes “pay” a challenging task. Among the newer ones gaining steam is Google+. While still in its relative infancy, more than 100 brands have more than 1 million followers on Google+. Among these are iconic brands like Ford (2.6 million+), General Motors (1.4 million+), Time magazine (~3.4 million), U.K.-based newspaper The Guardian (1.8 million+), and less iconic brands like humorous illustrator Rodney Pike (~1.6 million).
Dan Bullock: He’s clear speaking, levelheaded, creative, compassionate, and reliable. He is also known for being an early adopter of a “paperless” workspace, preferring electronic records to file cabinets. But more than that, he’s a contributor to his company’s bottom line and growth potential. Dan, the CFO at Cleary Building Corp., is a friend of mine, and I hope that he applies to be in the running for In Business magazine’s CFO awards, because I believe he would be a strong contender. If he doesn’t win, he will have nonetheless set the bar high for other competitors.