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As Education Content co-chair, it was an easy decision to partner with Kevin McDaniel. Kevin’s coaching strategies are educational, insightful and entertaining. Kevin has been a big part of our success as a chapter this year!
James Barwick HFMA Education Content Co-Chair Preauthorization Manager, Gwinnett Health System Resource Center
Kevin McDaniel with WindRiver Strategies delivered a self-development program for Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic (POC) in Buckhead last week. Maria Sanders, CFO described Mr. McDaniel after an internal POC assessment of the day as "the superstar of Buckhead."
The progam entitled, "The Art of Possibility: Creating the Life of Your Dreams...Even at Work" addressed: 1. How we create life experience through our own internal narrative, stories and beliefs. 2. How our Thinking and Behavioral Attributes affect our choices, outcomes and enjoyment at work.
The program was filled with science based content purposed to help individuals enjoy their life...even at work. It was accentuated by various interactive "games" demonstrating the application of these principles and the power they have to improve the enjoyment and productivity of our lives.
Participants in the Staff Retreat described it using these words: (NEED A SPEAKER?) "Awesome fun, encouragement and laughs" "Very engaging" "Loved it; it was fun" "Very positive thinking" "Very insightful; very high spirited" "Great job, loved it" "Way to get us involved" "Extraordinary, great speaker" "Awesome breath of fresh air" "Motivated the group to look outside the box" "100%" "Very funny as stress relief" "Interesting methods of delivery, enjoyable" "Great energy"
"Would love to have the slides, more info on emergenetics" "Love him, need him at every meeting at POC" Very dynamic, will help at home and at work. Let's do a weekend course."
WindRiver Strategies is an Atlanta based coaching firm delivering a full range of personal and business solutions to the marketplace. These solutions are integrated using two platforms: WindRiver's Coaching Strategies and Emergenetics. Below is a simple template for creating employee satisfaction using the Emergenetics' Profile by inspiring employee engagement.
Successful employee engagement ultimately comes down to a few key factors: Work, Environment, People, and Culture.
When work is intellectually challenging and stimulating, the environment is built on productivity and creativity. People build from and drive that kind of work. Finally, a culture where great minds strive to better themselves allow for incredible learning experiences and social engagement.
It’s a beautiful cycle, but how is that actualized? Research has shown that when engagement happens on a personal or team level, team leaders are vital to employee engagement.
Team leaders can set this foundation in three key ways: 1. Encourage working together collaboratively. 2. Encourage working towards the same goal. 3. Encourage commitment to the team and its’ objectives.
Reaching that level of engagement means reaching employees on their level—what drives them and howthey work. The manner in which they approach relationships is imperative in executing them.
Great leaders determine the different types of actions that boost individual employee engagement. Here are leadership tips for employee engagement that link to the inherent thinking and behavioral differences that exist within all teams.
For those with an Analytical preference, gaining commitment ensures that research and data is top-of-mind. Data provides these members with ways to further improve the organization while engaging their preferences. > Ensure a logical approach to work. > Set clear ROI for employee input. > Open channels to communication.
For the Structurally minded individuals in your organization, gaining engagement is all about creating and defining a plan. > Highlight the processes necessary. > Execute properly by clearly following through. > Provide details.
Give Conceptually minded individuals the opportunity to focus on the long-term, big-picture objectives. > Set a strong vision that goes beyond the project and into the bigger picture. > Provide ways to understand the ultimate goals and values of the organization. > Be open to new ideas.
Build employee engagement with Socially minded individuals by taking people into account on all decisions. > Showcase opportunities and outlets to ensure that everyone is aligned. > Rely on these team members to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. > Promote collaboration.
Leadership comes down to communication and the way things are presented with ideas and situations—behavioral tendencies matter.
Thanks for the Article to Mark Miller, VP, Emergenetics
Happiness at work doesn't just boost morale, it leads to better reviews, faster promotion, fatter salaries and higher productivity.
For Jackie Donovan, director of marketing and merchandising at Fairway Market, coming to the office every morning is a joy, despite the long hours. Donovan manages 30 employees and fields approximately 600 e-mails every day. Although she's never worked harder in a role with "no typical hours," she's also never been happier. This happiness, she notes, trickles into her team's productivity and morale as well.
"There's a definite correlation between happiness and productivity on the team," says Donovan.
Jessica Pryce-Jones, author of Happiness at Work and CEO of iOpener, says Donovan isn't alone in her assumptions. "Happiness at work is closely correlated with greater performance and productivity as well as greater energy, better reviews, faster promotion, higher income, better health and increased happiness with life. So it's good for organizations and individuals, too."
The research Pryce-Jones conducted with her team at iOpener showed the old adage is true: The happy worker really is the productive worker.
After building questionnaires, conducting focus groups and compiling results from 3,000 respondents in 79 countries, her findings proved that happiness has a distinct advantage over unhappiness. "What's the evidence that people who are happy at work have it all? The happiest employees are...
180% more energized than their less content colleagues,
155% happier with their jobs,
150% happier with life,
108% more engaged and
50% more motivated.
Most staggeringly, they are 50% more productive too."
If you think about any experience in your life that has brought you joy, you know that happiness is immeasurable. What happens when we incorporate this happiness into the workforce?
WindRiver Strategies engages the workforce with two fundamental platforms focused on happiness and productivity. First, we take an ontological approach to Coaching. That is, people do best when they connect to their role out of the genuine value and contribution they deliver to their Team and Mission. We teach leaders and teams to function, communicate, collaborate and achieve out of their values, strengths and genuine worth.
Secondly, we deliver a scientific platform, Emergenetics, that allows leadership to motivate and inspire their organization. This approach provides innovative, results-oriented oriented solutions by analyzing, identifying and leveraging the way people think and behave. These two platforms enable WindRiver Strategies to provide a grounded framework for effecting actionable change through the use of proprietary tools and training based on scientifically-proven thinking and behavioral technology.
Hardworking and happy employees can lead to triumphant results with productivity and profitability. According to a recent Forbes Article happy employees are 50% more productive and 50% more motivated.
These levels of business results start with building a positive and encouraging corporate culture and fostering passionate leaders that engage hard-working, effective teams. Positive workplace culture can be built on the following key areas:
Employee Recognition: Everyone covets Praise. We want to hear that we’re doing well. It’s one of the easiest things to give. Praise, whether from a CEO, a colleague, or a client goes a lot farther than we may think. It offers support and opens channels to communication. Once this level of comfort is established, you create a new vibe within your work team – they become committed to growing and improving the company!
Never criticize. Criticism can de-motivate. Find avenues that maintain comfort yet still provide approaches to improvement. By learning from mistakes with encouragement, communication is never hindered.
Ask, “Was that the best way to approach the problem? Do you have any ideas on what could have been done differently? I would love to engage on what we can do next time.”
Work-Life Balance: Maintain a happy, effective workforce by encouraging employees to integrate work with their outside interests and hobbies. Form a company dodge-ball team or run a 5K together. Camaraderie outside the office is great in cultivating relationships with colleagues. It is through these relationships that dialogue and success stem!
Utilize Your Distinct Employee Strengths: Emergenetics encourages companies to incorporate individual’s thinking and behavior preferences into the corporate culture! By engaging people’s strengths and understanding how they orchestrate for success, you can discover new and effective ways of motivating those around you.
(Thank You to Emergenetics for much of the article content.)
Kevin McDaniel serves as Chief Strategist for WindRiver Strategies (WRS) after a career in ministry, sales and operations. Before starting WRS Mr. McDaniel worked as Executive Director at EthosPartners Healthcare, now Navigant Consulting, over sales, client services and operations for the business intelligence group.