Observations on Employee Ownership
You Too Can Write a Business Consulting Article
September 15, 2011There is some great advice from consultants out there, but after reading hundreds of their articles and books on business management, I have found there is also a lot of pabulum. The problem is that a lot of this stuff is pitched at such a high level of generality that it really doesn't say much you can actually do. So if you want to join this group, here is a ready-made template for all subjects. Just repeat these key words and you too can get published somewhere.
Start with your problem statement (why compensation plans aren't appreciated, how to get a more effective wellness program, how to create more employee engagement, etc.). Then hit these key points:
- Set clear goals that are challenging but flexible enough to accommodate change.
- Develop practical strategies to achieve the goals.
- Get employee buy-in.
- Communicate in multiple ways.
- Provide training.
- Be flexible.
- Be prepared to listen.
- Learn from failure and reward success.
(Note: I actually started a speech like this to a large group of human resource professionals, and they took notes. Never again. Nothing fails like a joke that needs explaining.)