• http://www.HowToImproveLeadershipCommunication.com/ Skip Weisman

    David, Great article. Great points on how leaders put the focus on the wrong thing to improve employee morale. It reminds of the statement, which I saw on a baseball cap once, “The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Some of those ‘events’ you write about to some employees in a low morale, low trust work environment are just like “beatings.”

    You may be addressing this in your future articles, and just in case you’re not I’d like to suggest one way to start this process is asking a different question, which is, “what may be getting in the way of higher employee morale, and what can we do to eliminate those barriers?”

    I find there are more de-motivators in work environments than motivators. And, they usurp and undermine whatever motivators are offered.

    The biggest de-motivator is simple communication. And, its not necessarily the flow of communication but how business leaders and managers communicate (or not) directly to employees and how co-workers communicate (or not) with each other.

    From my client work I’ve actually identified what I call “The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication.” Last year I wrote a white paper about it which has turned into a teleclass, webinar and full blown workshop due to requests from clients. 

    If anyone wants to learn more about them they can download the white paper for FREE at 
    http://www.HowToImproveLeadershipCommunication.com 

    David, I look forward to the next in the series and I can thank your twitter post for bringing me to this article.

    Keep up the good work!
    SKip

    • Anonymous

      Hi Skip,

      Thanks for your contribution and the resource.

      I definitely agree re: communication as a huge area of improvement for just about every leader and every organization. I’ll comment more later. In the meantime, to answer your question, here’s the link to Part II

      http://bit.ly/zXSOr8

      Also, for more on how to not just build high morale, but high productivity, here are a couple of other resources: 

      Do You Foster Helplessness of a Can Do Spirit?
      http://www.humannatureatwork.com/CanDoSpirit.htm

      From ME to WE: How to Create a Can Do Culture Where Employees Think and Act Like Business Owners

      http://www.humannatureatwork.com/we.htm

      Best regards,
      David