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Encourage Being Knowledgeable

Posted: January 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Business, Culture, Leadership, Management, Social | No Comments »


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This month I have entitled it “Encourage Being Knowledgeable”.  That’s a bit of a mouthful but I want you to think about it.

I recently conducted a survey with a group of general managers from different departments of a major company.  One question I asked them was; “What do you do to get people focused and achieve results with your people?”  The answer that came through regularly was how they encouraged people to ‘know’.  They encouraged people to be knowledgeable about what is happening.  They shared the metrics with everybody so they all knew where they were in relation to the overall goal and their specific goals.  EVERYBODY had that information, for their own area and for ALL other areas.   This helped them stay focused and see the results of their labour or the impact of their laziness.

They constantly talked about success, what that success would look like and how to stay focused on that end goal while being focused on their daily/weekly/monthly tasks.

Questions for this month;

  1. What are you doing about your peoples’ knowledge?  By that I mean, their knowledge about the right things.  It’s easy to do the stuff they have to know for their specific job.  I am talking about the knowledge that allows them to measure progress in the ‘big picture’.
  2. How do we create a high level of knowledge?
  3. How do we encourage people to be knowledgeable?
  4. How good of an example are you?
  5. Are there people blocking knowledge?  Are they being a rock in your clear flowing stream?

So there are some questions to get you thinking about this topic.

I hope you have a really good month.

– Paul

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