This year’s International CES is a huge showcase for the latest innovations in manufacturing, emerging technologies and integration. So far, the most exciting ideas are happening around 3D printing, personal transportation and digital lifestyle management (how to use, integrate and collaborate). Any time you get this many smart and excited people together, good things are sure to happen.
Some of our favorite booths to visit included Local Motors, Bulogics, MakerBot, Ford, Sony and Toyota. Already looking forward to CES 2015.
Can you keep a secret? How about just a hint….. we might have just purchased a few cool new toys that “print” object designed on a computer. More soon!
Requested Blog Post: Motivating Employees With Transparency (published 1/6/14 on the MTM Recognition performance blog)
Business is, by its very nature, ever-changing. So is the science and art of business leadership. Modern corporate structure has evolved over the years as technology, resources and opportunity has changed. Today, it takes more than just the biggest factory or fastest assembly line to be successful. The key to thriving in today’s competitive business world is a fully engaged work force.
A motivated employee is a productive employee.
Long gone are the days of clearly defined lines between the C-suite corner offices and the production floor. Business leaders are now developing corporate culture, involving all employees in decision-making. Some are even opening the company ledgers to the entire staff, not just the top executives. This was unheard of less than 10 years ago. So why the change in approach and attitude? It works!
Motivating employees (especially millennials) takes more than a paycheck, vacation and a benefits package. In fact, the younger an employee is (under 30) the less motivated they are by just income. They want to be a part of something, valued for their ideas and thought of as important to company success. It’s not about paying dues anymore, but instead being able to create an individual path to success, be part of something big and contribute from day one.
Many CEO might be resistant to sharing too much information with everyone in the company, or not see the value of doing so. There are real advantages to an open book policy beyond empowered employees. Fresh thinking come from employees who feel more like partners than underlings. Customer feedback and market data gets back to the boss faster in an open system. Fraud, waste and abuse can better be controlled when everyone understands the true cost to the company. When hard decisions have to be made – layoffs, cutbacks or other reductions – the employees know why it’s happening.
Corporate culture, team building and talent development is more than once-a-year retreats and memorizing the mission statement. You have to create trust, empower everyone and embrace true transparency. That’s how you build a highly motivated, all-in, 110% at all times workforce.
The Oklahoma Quality Foundation (OQF) is a membership-based non-profit helping Oklahoma organizations to increase performance excellence, address key issues and improv the state’s business climate. OQF does this through workshops, conferences, and the Oklahoma Quality Awards.
Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the Oklahoma Quality Awards recognizes businesses and other organizations at various success levels. The award review process provides expert feedback, identifying key strengths and opportunities for improvement. Applicants receive at least 300 hours of review by business and quality experts.
We are working with the super talented Stephanie Bice at Smirk New Media to fine tune the organization’s message, better position their services and facilitate a strategic planning retreat for their board. Look for great, exciting things coming from this organization this year.
Our philosophy is the best clients find us for the right reasons. Most often, great clients (and potential clients) come to us through an existing relationship with a trusted professional or organization. Referrals benefit us and our clients.
New for 2014 is a formal Referral Program based on our previous casual referral “cash bonus” we offered friends and clients. Every client need is different so details will vary, but here is how it works:
Finders Fee – Tell us about a potential client, or tell them about us. We will provide you a small portion of the fees we charge for services.
Active Referral – We call this “putting us in a conversation” with a potential client. A bigger percentage than the Finder Fee for being more involved in creating a client relationship.
Participating Referral – Sometimes, the referring party has to help vetting and negotiating a working relationship that feels “right” to us and the potential client. We reward these efforts with a higher percentage than an Active Referral.
Collaborations – Our ultimate goal. Working side-by-side with your business to provide services and guidance to the client. We can manage the project or supplement the services you offer. Either way, everyone wins and you get an additional “bonus” for making the collaboration happen.
Know a business or non-profit that could benefit from our services, contact us for details on how you can participate in our Referral Program.