What I enjoy most about living in the Northeast is the variety of seasonal changes each offers in temperature, scenery, and activities. I also never tire of witnessing the way nature signals that one season is ending and another is about to begin.
As a writer, I am always fascinated by the different ways other writers combine words, tone, and cadence to tell their stories. This is true whether the story is a biography or nail-biting thriller, an historical account or far-reaching fiction. The details they use to describe people and relationships, time and places, challenges and victories create a conceptual picture that either engages me to want to read on or not. It’s the same in business - resumes, reports, emails, presentations – they all tell a story. So, what’s your story and how well are you telling it?
Ever hear of the photographic storytelling blog, Humans of New York? It’s a collection of photographs and stories of individuals randomly selected by photographer, Brandon Stanton. He started this “project” in 2010, after losing his job in Chicago. But rather than sulk about it, Stanton decided to pool two of his obsessions together, New York City and photography, to take portraits of total strangers on the street and share their stories online.
This winter, record cold and snow have taken quite a toll on our daily routines. For example, earlier this month, the New England region was on high alert for a possible blizzard with expected snow totals of 1 – 2 feet and wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour. Schools, state and local municipalities, businesses, and roads were closed and state of emergency measures implemented. However, in spite of this readiness, the blizzard did not fully materialize in every state, as predicted. In response, some took a dim view of this outcome and blamed it on “weatherman hype” rather than Mother Nature changing her mind. Not us.
Some of the most successful businesses expect and encourage all team members to help generate ideas to advance the organization as a whole. Encouraging participation at this level promotes a culture of innovation and inspires employees to share new ideas and insights that improve operations, sales, and new product development. But more than just being inspired, employees actively seek ways to influence how their organizations can run more efficiently and cost effectively while promoting leading edge innovations.
When the topic of diversity comes up in the workplace, employees instinctively think of gender or race. However, diversity represents so much more: it can represent levels of education, cultural mores, religious traditions, socio-economic status, generational gaps, political points of view, country, region, or city of origins, and so much more.
There’s a simple rule of thumb to make sure your company’s values are effectively communicated: Keep communicating. The core message may be the same but the vehicles you use to deliver that message don’t have to be. Be creative by leveraging every option out there.