Posted by: Mary Marcus on Jan.13, 2019 | Posted in Featured Articles | Comments Off on What Vision Has to Do With It

Many years ago (say 12), after being the proponent of vision, mission and values as I was working with a client on their employee engagement. I was also questioning whether the concept of Vision and Mission was done; old news; tired. In interviewing the employees, what came out loud and clear was that they were desperate for something that gave them hope that there was a future. In other words, a vision. The organization had gone through several waves of dramatic change, and they were looking for something from their leaders that kept them looking forward, toward a ‘wonderful new tomorrow.’ This brought back my faith in the importance of vision in fostering forward momentum. Since then, OrganizationDynamic has helped many organizations and individuals shape their vision for the future and build their plans around this.

Think about any aspiration you have. Painting this into a vision that you can keep front and centre as you make decisions and take action ensures you are taking steps in the right direction. Consider your desire to get fit, or lose weight. Setting a goal is a good first step. Translating this into a vision or picture of what it will look like adds to the focus.

Consider now, your career. In previous articles, I have talked about one’s personal development plan as your personal strategic plan. This starts with a vision of what you are aspiring to. Your acton plan comes from taking steps that support this direction.

As a business leader, vision allows you to align your people and keep them working toward this vision. This is less about having a well articulated statement that you can put on the wall. It is about your talk-track; what you espouse, what you celebrate, how you measure success.

The visual above comes from my husband Charles Marcus’s book “Success is not a Spectator Sport”, that describes his principles for success. I agree with all. It starts with Vision, but requires Courage, Responsibility and Commitment to drive success. I would add two disciplines to this to assure progress. The first is the discipline of REFLECTION. Take the time to step back and explore whether your actions have been supporting your vision. Assumed in this is the ability to redirect, admit mistakes, and celebrate successes. This brings us to the second discipline, which is RESILIENCE, which is the ability to bounce back.

As a leader, demonstrating the ability to reflect and personal resilience sets an example for those around you about forward momentum and maintaining focus. It will keep people engaged. Don’t lose sight of the importance of vulnerability and honesty as a leader as you look to lead others into the future. But don’t forget it starts with a clear VISION of where you are headed.

Posted by: Mary Marcus on Nov.05, 2018 | Posted in Featured Articles | Comments Off on Why Culture Matters

Yes, it is true that results are only achieved through people, and the path to high performance is having the right people in the right place doing the right things. However, if you put talent into an environment that undermines their potential, you are squandering your investment. Does your culture allow talent to thrive?

Posted by: Mary Marcus on Nov.05, 2018 | Posted in Latest News | Comments Off on New Website Launched

OrganizationDynamic is launching its new website.

Posted by: Mary Marcus on Nov.05, 2018 | Posted in Latest News | Comments Off on Who said employee loyalty doesn’t matter?

Anedotal media as well as some research is telling us that the younger generations (read Gen X and Gen Y) will change jobs approximately every three years. The same media will post that these generations do not have loyalty to a company.

We also know that exemplary service to clients or quality of product is based on having the best employees, dedicated to their work.

So, how do we reconcile these?

In today’s world of social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, etc.) potential employees spend time researching potential employers and are looking for employers that will add value to their careers. Ones who will develop them and add to their skill base. The source of their information? Former employees who may have moved on to the next opportunity as they work on building their skill and experience inventory.

Loyalty, in the new world of work, is where former employees speak positively about their experience and recommend you as an employer, even though they are no longer there. This means treating every employee with respect, even those you are severing for whatever reason. They may be what stands between that great, high potential candidate and your organization.