Creating an Environment for Success

11 Jan

The Declaration of Independence talks about the ‘pursuit of happiness’.  What constitutes ‘happiness’ for people varies, but successful organizations can help create an environment where ‘happiness’ and its pursuit can lead to mission success.

Lydia Dishman recently penned an article citing that “disengaged workers cost the U.S. economy $350 billion a year in lost productivity.”  That’s a figure worth paying attention to and leaders in organizations, successful organizations, know that avoiding this doesn’t happen without leaders acting.

As I read the article I could clearly see parallels with my experience in the Air Force…which I think is true of all the military services.  I also think it applies in Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets.

The opportunity for cadets to change roles; the opportunity to have (and preparing to have) a meaningful impact on the world; regular acknowledgement and praise for jobs well done; and working the balance between personal, academic, and leader development activities…are things we focus on in intentional ways.

As cadets prepare to return from the Winter Break, and assume new roles and responsibilities, think about what you are going to do to ensure your organization succeeds.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Hey, look at this!


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One response to “Creating an Environment for Success

  1. Sean Farrell

    January 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Great read; as suggested by the article a key leadership objective should be the blending of mission accomplishment (goals) with the establishment of a healthy organizational climate that fosters positive relationships and transactions…reminds me of the often misunderstood saying, “…mission first, people always.”


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