Motivating employees to perform better can be a daunting task especially if the superiors do not have the proper qualification in handling people with varying personalities. Being able to analyze and handle people using their various receptions towards instructions and orders handed down to them for a common goal spells the difference between a proper execution of plans and the failure to adapt towards the needed results that any superior would have on them.
Varying factors will need to be put into consideration, among them:
- Personal Conflicts/ Problems
- Clear understanding of the organizational goals
- Effective Interaction with people
- Proper delivery of the information regarding the product
- Consumer communication
These factors will totally spell the difference between achievement and shortcomings and while proper understanding may be another aspect that is intangible in the sense that the total personality of the employees will play a varying role is something that should also be put into consideration.
Using emotions such as anger as a moving factor is not a motivating tool. It is more of applying fear towards employees, something that is unethical that will lead to more compounding issues such as personal hierarchy conflicts and labor disputes in the end, something that will become more sophisticated and less productive which may hurt the entire operation of the company as well.
Proper cost allocation through proper budgeting practices and techniques are a key aspect in determining the feasibility of an organizationâ€™s operational prowess. For sure, approaches to such practices will vary and will entirely depend on the decision of the top honchos of an organization.
Above all, it must be defined on whether they are after total awareness or purely profit and to immediately gain returns from the different engagements that they have invested on. It is certain that most people and prospective investors would want to realize returns at the earliest possible time to be able to appreciate where they have brought their money, and losses, while notably normal, is something that most people would want to avoid at all times.
For some sectors, preparing for initial losses at the start of operations is normality. But the question that lies is up to when will these losses be appearing on the financial statements and management reports? This duty becomes the sole responsibility of the general and operations manager assigned to lead the organization towards new heights. The effectiveness of the chosen person can be easily measured. Matching actual performance towards projections that have been set by the team will spell the difference and become the gauging point on whether the right person has truly been hired to do the job.
In worst case scenarios, realizing that a person is not fit for the job or is underachieving becomes a cause for consideration on moving on towards another direction through the use of other approaches and ideas coming from a more credible individual. While constraints such as operational expenses and budget allocations can be considered hindrances to this, these should be used as barriers and challenges to help bring out the resourcefulness of the person to be able to cope up with the different scenarios to which companies will surely be exposed to. Mixing all of these factors together will provide the said person a more adept and flexible way of approach. Being able to cope up with these will definitely bring out the best and worst from the said person. The final evaluation for the performance of such will hence be in the hands of the top management of the company, something that will surely be a tough decision that is critical for the good of the company.
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Continuing with our analysis of Napoleon’s thoughts that apply to business, let’s look at a quote from Napoleon on success.
” The most dangerous moment comes with victory”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
In the culture of celebrity CEO’s this quote couldn’t be more true. Just because you’ve been right once doesn’t mean that you’ll be right a second time or a third. You need to not let your success get in the way of having your ideas and plans thought through. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of success and immediately push for more, but the road to success has been littered with the cast off failures of many great minds.
Also, you need to take the time to analyze your successes. It’s easy to take a success at face value, but much harder to pick it apart and learn how it could be done better.
Producing a brand identity is no easy task. Necessary steps that include advertising and promotions, emphasis on product features and benefits, availability and typical practices to which the product can be found are key assets to help such a product get the needed boost to accomplish its planned output and purpose.
Brands often take a back seat as far as commodity goods are concerned. Many would consider other factors such as price, quantity, packaging, availability and consumer feedback and endorsements prior to purchasing such commodities. Brands play an integral role as well, some carrying the tag of being efficient and reliable, most of which are known world wide due to the various years of its existence.
Most of these established brands have gone through some time frames prior to being able to get where they are now. Time is essential in everything, and in the marketing and sales undertakings, this is not exception. The continuous product development cycle for a brand will always be under the jurisdiction of the research and development team of any company. Through them, exploring all possibilities will be the most critical aspect that could spell the difference in a bumpy road ahead or a smooth sailing operating organization with a promising future ahead.
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Moving on in our look at Napoleon, let’s look at his views on time.
“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space.
I am less concerned about the latter than the former.
Space we can recover, lost time never.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
In a world where we’re often more concerned with meetings and consultations than with direct actions, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of time.
One way to deal with this is to empower your employees for more direct actions, or at least remove some of the impediments. How can you speed things up so that new projects can be approved quicker? This is a question you should be asking yourself. While a certain amount of care and research is necessary, too much delay can mean that you’re behind the times before you even start.
So, eliminate red-tape where you can. Rules and regulations are like a good garden. To be healthy, they need to be pruned now and again. If you can get ahead of the curve, people will react to you instead of you reacting to them.
In the trend of my earlier post on historical figures, I’d like to open up a bit of a series of posts on Napoleon.
While I will investigate historical figures, these discussion pieces are meant to look at their words, rather than their actions. I don’t endorse their methods, I just display an interest in them.
“A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction.
You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
In this quote, Napoleon displays an understanding of human nature that is still being lost on many business people. Employees, be they soldiers, clerks, office workers, retail staff, or whomever, do not work just for money. Since most of us spend a third of our working day at our jobs, we also want to find something more. It might be friendship with coworkers, a sense of team, accomplishment, or anything else. We work for money, but we work WELL for that additional thing that “speaks to the soul”.
Wal-Mart has its song that employees sing. Many places have distinctive outfits for employees. It might be the company softball team, or the challenge of a project, but you should work to supply the chances that people need to become truly involved in their jobs. It’s only then that they will do their best work.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of reading historical material. Many people discount history as something that can’t apply to the present day. How can the lessons of 500 years ago apply to modern business? Well, as much as technology might change with time, people are still surprisingly similar.
This means that a thoughtful insight into the human condition that was made hundreds or thousands of years ago can still apply today. Sun Tzu has been translated into a number of languages, and has been become better known as a business reference than a war text, because Sun Tzu’s insights can be easily applied to the world of business, and are at least as important today as they were when they were first written.
So, put down that book on the latest management trend, and look into history. You’ll be surprised at the wisdom that our past has to offer.