There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. .  Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.  Check out the things that you can do with it:

🐾FIRST:   Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile  is 112.
If you find yourself out of the coverage area of  your mobile; network and there is an emergency,
dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out…

🐾SECOND: Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry?   This may come in handy someday.
Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button,  holding it near the mobile phone on their end.   Your car will unlock.

Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object.  You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has  the other ‘ remote ‘ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk)….. Continue reading 5 THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW YOUR MOBILE PHONE COULD DO!!!!!

Business Tips: Managing People, Employee Engagement Part 3

What can Management do to help?

What is clear is that the attitude, behaviour and mind-set of Senior Managers is crucial in developing staff engagement. So the first task for Senior Leaders must be to ensure all line managers are fully engaged themselves, and know how to engage their staff, and create the required culture.

They may need to evaluate and possibly change the way they manage, who they recruit, and the work environment.

They need to address the issue of company identity, mission and culture, and work hard to ensure that working at the company is perceived as aspirational. Managers, Leaders and Executives should be accessible to staff, perhaps with regular networking opportunities for all.

If line management are aware staff are not engaged they can invest time in talking to them, see how they can help. The culture should be that devoting management time to staff problems is a priority for everyone.

Perhaps new benefits can be added to the compensation package. Remember to recognise and reward success.

Line managers should chat daily to staff “how’s it going? “, “Everything OK? “They should establish that it is normal and usual for problems and difficulties to be aired and discussed. They should be encouraged to listen, to develop their interpersonal skills.

As well as listening to staff, management should engage with and listen to clients, customers, suppliers and partners. They all have a viewpoint and may be able to contribute to the strategy.

Good principles to observe
Leaders set the tone for the culture and engagement, so they must be fully engaged with the staff. The culture must be right, the correct people must be recruited, who will add to the culture and engagement and not detract from it. They must “fit in “
There must be an emotional commitment between the company leaders and the staff, so that staff engage with the company.

Staff must trust leaders, trust their motivation, their ability, and their leadership, and be confident without question that the leader is acting in the best interests of everyone at all times.

Top candidates will actively seek to work with a company or brand that excites and interests them, and that will offer them challenging work and a sense of achievement.

Make sure all social media channels are engagement friendly. This includes your website, and LinkedIn profile as well as Facebook, Google and Glassdoor.

The message must be clearly communicated frequently. Staff and potential recruits need to hear why they should want to work for you, why you are the best, how they will feel when they work for you.

Engagement demands open communication, clear goals, and well-understood reward systems. Continue reading Business Tips: Managing People, Employee Engagement Part 3

Business Tips: Career Key Skills – How does Leadership work?

How does Leadership work?

When an entrepreneur creates a business, they first of all concentrate on getting the business off the ground. This requires a great deal of energy, one of the hallmarks of entrepreneurs.

Once the business is up and running the culture begins to develop based on the entrepreneur’s beliefs, values and assumptions. The culture is strengthened as it grows because the entrepreneur usually hires similar people, and indoctrinates them into their way of thinking. Staff members follow their role models lead, and begin to think and act in a similar fashion.

So the leader mobilises the workforce around the organisation to achieve its mission, creates the culture at the outset, and then sustains it as the company grows.

In the past leaders could shape their organisations to fit in with their personal style and values.

In today’s world though, as the rate of change of the social, technical, economic and political landscape accelerates, and people communicate more effectively and expect to be more involved in decision making, a more open style of leadership is appropriate. Autocratic leadership is less appropriate in today’s world.

The driving force is the global economy. Our expectations are now so high that companies need to have an empowered work force and a spirit of partnership with stakeholders and clients.

Now an ingrained culture can become a liability, and the leader must enable change to allow everyone to unlearn the culture and acquire new skills and methodologies.

In practice, successful founders of businesses are usually the people who have the vision – think about Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg – and the leadership skills to develop and deliver a plan and steer the company on the correct course. That’s how great companies are founded.

In the corporate world there are many successful business leaders who did not necessarily found the business, but have worked their way up to senior management positions in a large organisation.

So the vision they need is different – it is about how to manage a business in a rapidly changing world, making the best of the company’s legacy while steering it in a direction that will keep it relevant and successful as technology changes the face of the world we live in.

And both groups also need to be ensuring their succession planning by developing leaders and managers in their company, who can succeed them, and manage the business for them.

Quick Facts: How does Leadership work? Continue reading Business Tips: Career Key Skills – How does Leadership work?