Personal Development


Empowering Your Employees to Empower Themselves,这对我来说是一个全新的思考方法。一直以来,我看到的都会是Empower somebody to do something,还从来没有看到过Empower someone to empower themselves.

在个人成长方面,我一直都同意说人的主动性(be proactive)是最重要的。只有这个人有主动性,才能有持续的成长。如果只是靠某些人不停地在那里推着其向前进,那绝不是最好的办法。但是我还一直没能很传神地把它表达出来,直到这篇文章的出现。

文章本身写得可以,但最激发灵感的就要数”Empower people to empower themselves”这个理念了,不管是做培训(Training),还是咨询(Consulting),抑或是教练(Coaching) ,这都会是一个非常完美的局面。

因此,在昨天Project YoungPros的第8次regular meeting,我们确定了将其写入我们的愿景。愿景的最后 版本还要等我们的Cindy同学帮我们publish出来。

这篇文章的主题太有价值了,搞到我都偏离了主题。回到精神粮食上面来:

文章摘自:

http://blogs.hbr.org/goldsmith/2010/04/empowering_your_employees_to_e.html

作者:Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is recognized as one of the world’s leading executive educators and coaches. Dr. Goldsmith’s 30 books include What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and MOJO.

文章正文:

As a manager or leader, do you let your people assume more responsibility when they are able? Do you know when that is, or do you keep telling yourself that they aren’t ready yet?

In my travels from organization to organization, I talk with thousands of people every year who want to be treated as “partners” rather than as employees. They want information to flow up as well as down. But, oftentimes, leaders do not want to give up control.

I knew a CEO who was the leader of one of the world’s largest global organizations. He received feedback that he was too stubborn and opinionated. He learned that he needed to do a better job of letting others to make decisions and to focus less on being right himself. He practiced this simple technique for one year: before speaking, he would take a breath and ask himself, “Is it worth it?” He learned that 50% of the time his comments may have been right on, but they weren’t worth it. He quickly began focusing more on empowering others and letting them take ownership and commitment for decisions, and less on his own need to add value.

Your employees understand their jobs. They know their tasks, roles, and functions within the organization, and it’s time for you to let them do what they need to do to get the job done. But there is a critical point that is often missed: It isn’t possible for a leader to “empower” someone to be accountable and make good decisions. People have to empower themselves. Your role is to encourage and support the decision-making environment, and to give employees the tools and knowledge they need to make and act upon their own decisions. By doing this, you help your employees reach an empowered state.

The process does take longer — employees will only believe they are empowered when they are left alone to accomplish results over a period of time — but it’s effective and worth the time. If a company has a history of shutting down or letting go of initiators, for instance, the leader can’t just tell employees, “You are empowered to make decisions.”

Part of building an empowering environment is dependent on the leader’s ability to run interference on behalf of the team. The leader needs to make sure people are safe doing their jobs. To make sure this happens, an ongoing discussion of the needs, opportunities, tasks, obstacles, projects, what is working and what is not working is absolutely critical to the development and maintenance of a “safe” working environment. You are likely to spend a lot of time in dialogue with other leaders, employees, team members, and peers.

Following are a few things leaders can do to build an environment that empowers people.

  1. Give power to those who have demonstrated the capacity to handle the responsibility.
  2. Create a favorable environment in which people are encouraged to grow their skills.
  3. Don’t second-guess others’ decisions and ideas unless it’s absolutely necessary. This only undermines their confidence and keeps them from sharing future ideas with you.
  4. Give people discretion and autonomy over their tasks and resources.

    Successful leaders and managers today are willing to exercise their leadership in such a way that their people are empowered to make decisions, share information, and try new things. Most employees (future leaders) see the value in finding empowerment and are willing to take on the responsibilities that come with it. If future leaders have the wisdom to learn from the experience of present leaders, and if present leaders have the wisdom to build an environment that empowers people, both will share in the benefits.

    There are many more things that leaders can do to build and environment that empowers people. Please send any ideas you have. I would love to hear them!

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    早上上班之前,我照例随手翻了桌面上的The Secret Daily Teaching,书上的某页是这样写的:

    Never try to compel others to change; leave them free to change naturally and orderly because they want to; and they will want to when they find that your change was worthwhile.

    To inspire in others a desire to change for the better is truly noble; but this you can do only by leaving them alone, and becoming more noble yourself.

    Christian D. Larson (1874-1954)

    Master of Self

    Daily Teachings

    Day 21

    没错,应该是”they want to change”,而不是”I want them to change”,我再一次受教训了,嘿嘿!我果然很hard sell…不过我当然也不会照单全收,我还是觉得我可以找到办法尽快让受众明白they need to change而且又不是hard sell。

    The Daily Secret Teachings的确是一本值得长期放在床头或者是某个显眼位置的书。重要的不是它特别的一页能够帮到我们,而是它每一页都是很积极乐观,能够让我们找到力量的源泉,只是殊途同归罢了。严重建议入货。

    冲突过后,我想了很多,有积极的,有现实的,也有某些一闪而过的悲观思绪,但总的来说,它还是让我正视了一些重要但是又一直让我忽略的问题,而且我对于自己,对于Project YoungPros的定位也更加清晰与成熟。

    最重要的是,遇到问题的时候,always think positive, solutions will come!

    Jeff Wang

    What We Can Imagine, What We Can Achieve!

    冲突不可避免,这是事物向前发展的一个必然产物。

    很不幸,它感觉起来不是太爽;

    很庆幸,因为我看到它了。如果没有冲突,事情又怎么向前发展呢?

    跟往常一样,我还是会静静地思考为什么会出现冲突,如何解决它并且让这个冲突能够发挥它最大的价值。当然,像大多数冲突一样,问题其实不大,关键是只要有一方愿意冷静下来思考,并踏出化解冲突的第一步(这不需要一定是妥协或者让步),事情往往都能够朝向积极的方向去发展。

    作为Project Director,我深深地感觉到我的不足:

    A leader’s job is to see possibilities and to help people seize possibilities. (by Carly Fiorina)

    经过长久以来的努力,我觉得在see possibilities方面我做得还可以,不过help people seize possibilities我还是亟待提高。

    Leadership, leadership…很容易懂,做起来难,做到更难!

    我一直在回味Jensen Huang (CEO of NVIDIA)的一句话: Building a company is extra-ordinary a great of fun, and it is also incredibly hard.

    我的觉悟是,如果我不能对即将来临的困难与挑战处理好,那样不如早点偃旗息鼓,乖乖地做个好员工,再做个好梦。(Unless I am ready for all the hardship and difficulty coming to me, I would be better off if I let it go and be a good employee. That’s pretty easy and let my dream be my dream always.

    I don’t wanna be a try-to-do person, I will make every attempt to fight for my dream!

    Jeff Wang

    What We Can Imagine, What We Can Achieve!

    用中文也博客,还真的不知道怎么开头比较好。不过这也算是一个开头吧,嘿嘿!

    Office Manager这个职位真好,我可以名正言顺地做着很多一直以来我都很想做的事情,在时机上也刚刚好,一来我突破了自己的心理障碍,二来我在现在工作上也取得重大进展,所以现在可谓是得心应手,充满着无限的激情。

    从北京回来后,我开始执行我的计划,在Radica广州营造一个主动性的公司文化。(cultivate a proactive culture in Radica Guangzhou)。现在进展还挺顺利,已经有几位同事很有热情跟我一起去做这件事情。文化不是说出来的,如果只是写在Mission Statement那里,也没有多大作用。我们要做的就是一起去这种营造文化。就像鲁迅先生说的:路是人走出来的,走的人多了,也就成了路。

    今天中午,我们会有个午餐分享(Luncheon Sharing),我主动地希望跟同事分享以下两个话题:
    1. 我是怎么突破自己的心理障碍的
    2. 沟通技巧

    第一个话题纯属自己现在处于异常亢奋,激情澎湃的状态,希望能通过自己的分享让同事们在遇到困难和面临很大工作压力的时候会有更大的勇气和智慧去克服困难,达成目标。

    第二个话题则是最近跟几位同事谈到的时候,大家都觉得有必要提高的一个方面。而且有同事还想去报课程。我在香港上过一些沟通的课程,也看过一些沟通方面的书,听过一些讲座。最重要的是个实用主义者,而且觉得沟通最重要的还是实践。所以我想分享一下再加上同事自己的实践,说不定能省一大笔钱呢。

    充满激情的工作状态感觉很好!

    Jeff Wang
    What We Can Imagine, What We Can Achieve!

    Michael: Jeff, how much sales skill do you have?
    Jeff: Well, I am not a sales person, but we are selling everyday. What I know is to understand the target audience, bring value to him/her, create win-win situation.
    Michael: Make it specific, plz…
    Jeff: um….
    Michael: OK, let me put it this way. Your presentation didn’t convince me until you said some words that create the magic?
    Jeff: What is that?
    Michael: You said: We make sure that emails of our client will be routed to target audience’s inbox.
    Jeff: Yes, that’s our expertise.
    Michael: Say it again, Jeff.
    Jeff: That’s our expertise.
    Michael: Say it louder.
    Jeff: I mean that’s our expertise (volume up)
    Michael: yeah. Pinky, do you notice that? When he is saying so, his face is shining, with Pride. That’s what makes the difference.
    (Pinky was having dinner with us)
    Yes, I sense that. The pride, when I was speaking that, I am really proud of myself coz I am really an expert in that field. It’s not about the sales skills, it’s about the Pride. That’s where the magic lies in.
    At that very moment, my fear, my limitation, and my self-doubt on myself, don’t matter any more. The only thing in my mind is the Pride. Yeah, I found it, the magic Key. As long as I am proud of what I am doing, and I am an expert in the field I am in, I can do whatever I want to achieve!
    Yeah, the pride, the pride, the pride. When we are doing something we are really proud of, anything is possible! That’s amazing.
    Jeff Wang
    3 Mar, 2010
    What We Can Imagine, What We Can Achieve!

    Project YoungPros, 青年部落, finally we got our name here. It’s a milestone for me, 2 Mar, a day when Project YoungPros comes into being.

    My dream is to make China a better place. And this is my way making it happen. We will focus on the accelerate the process of the transformation from a university student to a young professional.

    Someone asks me how we are going to make it happen, while some others asks what our business model is going to be. Well, I don’t have a perfect one in my mind, not even a clear and organized idea. But I gonna figure it out along the way.

    We don’t know what we’ll find when we get there, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we get back.

    The real thing that matters is that we get it going, not just thinking about it all the time.

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    Tonight, after the 2nd NewStage regular meeting, i have done a couple of things:

    1. changed my blog title from “A Passion to Win” to “Making Dream Happen“;
    2. changed the tagline from “Be My Best Jeff” to “The Dream Journal of Jeff Wang“;
    3. sent email to my university teacher to discuss how we can make our school better and help university student.

    NewStage has a good start, and I hope together we will make great things happen, and realize both of our personal goal and collective goal.

    Me myself will be leading the project that is aimed to find a good cooperation model for SMEs and Young Professionals to create a win-win situation, by which our country will be made a better place.

    The project sounds interesting, yet challenging and complicated enough, if aiming at a professional outcome and make sense in terms of feasibility.

    Let’s see what will happen. Too much talking means nothing, i am looking to the real action stage.

    Life is amazing if we are committed to make it amazing. Making my dream happen will be where amazing happens.

    Jeff Wang
    3 Feb, 2010
    What We Can Imagine, What We Can Achieve!

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