Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Street Smart Leadership

In a poll conducted by TIME, The Value of Higher Education, varies, depending on who answers the question: “What is the most important reason people should go to college (Ripley, 2012, p. 40)?” The general population responses are as follows:  40%, to gain skills and knowledge for a career; 17%, to gain a well-rounded general education; 14%, to increase one’s earning power; 6%, to become an informed citizen in a global society; 12%, to learn to think critically; and 11%, to formulate goals and values for life. On the other hand, college leaders suggest the following:  21%, to gain skills and knowledge for a career; 14%, to gain a well-rounded general education; 2%, to increase one’s earning power; 19%, to become an informed citizen in a global society; 38%, to learn to think critically; and 8%, to formulate goals and values for life. Regardless of the differences between these two groups, it pays to get some form of education after graduating high school. One of major ‘buzz’ statements that are being thrown around today is that going to school DOESN’T pay. However, according to Ripley, on average, people with a bachelor degree will earn more than 77% more than those with a high school diploma in their lifetime. Depending on the amount of money one expects to make, education pays in a multitude of ways. Even more so, the application of education pays. No one said you had to give up your street smarts and common sense when you obtain higher level of education. There isn’t a referee on the side of the stage during graduation that says that people are to through away everything they have learned before entering college. There is such thing called BALANCE. If a person has a degree or not, there are multiple ways of making a living, being a leader in the community and being a responsible productive citizen.

Ripley, A. (2012, October 18). College is dead. Long live college! Time, 180(18), 33-43.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Human interaction is necessary for organization growth

Have you ever been employed in an organizations where there were little to no socializing between the employees allowed? How productive would you say you and yor organization were? Don’t get me wrong, it is important to get as much quality work done as possible during a work day. Emphasis on QUALITY. But, shouldn’t there be a line drawn between basic human interaction and expecting individuals to be robots? More research has been done to study the possible effects of human socializing in the workplace. And the results are in. Most research suggests that basic human interaction is needed for knowledge creation, thus organization development. It is impossible for any supervisor to know the exact skills and knowledge that is needed to do every task required for a job on a daily basis. In short, having a casual conversation, not to inappropriate, with your colleagues may stimulate new ways to complete a project or solve a problem in a more efficient manner.

In a time when organizations are more concerned with meeting quotas and measuring everyone’s productive levels, supervisors are not allowing much time for the interaction of employees within organization. Many may do this because of the fear of low productivity levels. However, this worldview may be more of hindrance to organization development than an advantage.

So, the next time your supervisor or you as the supervisor tell your subordinates to stop the chattering, you may just be hindering your company’s growth overall. At the end of the day, an organization is nothing without its people. As a matter of fact, individuals are the highest cost and yield the most return on investment within any organization. So think twice about having a coffee and conversations by the water cooler, you may solve some of the world’s biggest issues.