Openness and engagement got a big boost this week, thanks to President Barack Obama and the Office of Public Engagement.
Mr. Obama unveiled a new initiative: the Office of Public Engagement (OPE)—and declared its purpose to make government “inclusive, transparent, accountable and responsive.” (Read all about it at www.whitehouse.gov/ope.) Those four principles—inclusive, transparent, accountable and responsible—should by no means be exclusive to the operating practices of the US Government. They readily apply to the work environment of public and private organizations ...
The first quarter of 2009 is complete and what a rocky road it has been for us all. How did you fare over the first 90 days of the new year? What went well? What didn’t? The end of the first quarter provides a time for reflection – and realignment – in order to ensure our programs remained focused and on track.
But, what if more things DIDN’T go well than did? What if you were forced to shift priorities and resources to carry out a large reduction in force? What if the corporation’s need for cash prompted a cross-functional 10-percent-across-the-board “contribution” to meet commitments to corporate?
Forever changed...that's what the the Dulye Leadership Experience 2009 did to the forward plans and thinking of this year's class of 12 Syracuse University juniors and seniors. "My weekend at the Dulye Leadership Experience will never be forgotten and my learning will be carried with me forever," said junior Tory Gentes. "The weekend gave me tools to carry through my journey of life and a career."
Scheduling an All-Hands or a Town Hall meeting is one thing, getting people to attend is another. How can you make the most of the time you've set aside with your employees by getting them to participate? Linda provides some timely tips to help fill the seats at your next big meeting.
When times get lean, we need all hands on deck to make sure that the work gets done and executed efficiently. Make sure your employees understand that they are the valued asset that you say they are. Let them have input and be your in-house experts.
Today, Linda Dulye was featured in an article about the recent movement to bring new energy to town hall meetings.
For organizations thinking about taking town halls online, Obama’s event provided much to emulate, say communications pros — starting with the way the president invited people to take part, via one of his own videos at WhiteHouse.gov. Linda Dulye, president of communication and change management firm L.M. Dulye & Co. in Warwick, N.Y., gives Obama the thumbs-up for the personalized approach — and says you should do the same.
“Whatever senior leader is hosting the town hall needs to be the voice of the invitation,” says Dulye, who counsels corporate clients on town hall events. “Don’t have the invitation coming from the admin.” The intended audience will take the invitation more seriously when the request is personal.
It's no surprise that the suggestion box in most organization is met with skepticism and mistrust. In this podcast, Linda shows you a practice to increase the engagement from your employee suggestion program.
Last month’s edition of Spectator-Free Workplace highlighted the value of measurement in a workforce communications program. Identifying the key drivers of your communications program, measuring them and communicating them to your boss and your business’ management team are all important elements of maintaining an effective communications process – and keeping your job.
Dulye & Co. defines engagement as both “an outcome and a process”. It is the act of building communal ownership and accountability, for what your business or organization stands for and must achieve, through an informed and involved workforce of day-to-day work practices and decisions. Download this podcast to learn the benefit and key steps in setting up and sustaining employee action teams as part of an engagement culture.