Articles Tagged with 'leadership'

Gain an Edge at CUNA’s Leadership Institute

October 01, 2013
The new CUNA Leadership Institute, Nov. 3-8 in San Diego, offers opportunities for innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to leadership development. READ MORE

Rethinking Leadership

July 20, 2013
'Too many CUs are run by managers, not leaders.' READ MORE

Scenes from the 2013 World CU Conference

July 16, 2013
World Council of CUs (WOCCU) welcomes 2,400 attendees from 61 countries to the conference, held in Ottawa, Canada. READ MORE

Execs Virtually Invisible on Social Media

July 15, 2013
These leaders lag far behind the general population in overall social media participation. READ MORE

Keep Generations X, Y, and Zoomers Happy

July 07, 2013
‘We need to invest in coaching, not judging,’ advises Cheryl Cran. READ MORE

Darling Shares Front-Row View of History

July 01, 2013
‘We can’t lead from our comfort zones.’ READ MORE

Bouncing Back After the Recession

June 27, 2013
Think proactively and commit the appropriate resources to mobile banking, payments, and security. READ MORE

Are Leaders Born or Made?

June 03, 2013
‘Some people are born leaders, but they still have to develop skills.’ READ MORE

Innovation by Design

June 01, 2013
Creativity, some believe, is an escape from disciplined thinking. READ MORE

Five Reasons Leaders Must Lead on Training

May 19, 2013
Great leaders never stop learning, and that means great leaders never stop training. READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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