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12 Questions — see if you are a winning corporation

One of the best books I have ever read is “First Break All the Rules” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, which made the New York Times best seller list for 93 weeks.

The book is a result of observations based on  Gallup organization interviews of over one million employees and 80,000 managers in leading organizations over a period of 25 years.   The result:  12 compelling strategies that the best managers and leaders use to create winning corporations that have sustainable success over a long period of time.

These twelve questions can be used as a baseline to assess your employees’  satisfaction in the business, to help you identify gaps in leadership, and to provide a roadmap to build a winning team.

Without giving away all of the book’s secrets, the first few questions, while seeming to be basic, really pinpoint classic flaws in many businesses:

1)  Do I [the employee] know what is expected of me at work?

2)  Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

3)  At work, do I  have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

The above questions lead managers to provide solutions that are not rocket science:

 – ensure clear job expectations

 – provide employees with the proper resources

 – slot the right people into the right job (capitalize on each employee’s strengths)

Have a read, use these 12 questions periodically in your business to survey your leadership progress… you’ll find great tools to build a winning corporation!

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