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How to be an Influencer by Mark Rapier via 360 MAGAZINE

How to be an Influencer

To Be an Influencer, You Must Lead; to be a Leader, You Must Have Influence

What is Influence?

If you search for “how to be a social media influencer,” you will get hundreds of thousands of results.  The sources vary from marketing platform providers, educators, marketing firms, and news organizations.  They all highlight the same essential components.  This article from Forbes is an example.  The typical steps are to: Identify Your Niche, Choose Your Platform, Build Momentum, Stay Engaged, and Build Alliances.

None of them make an effort to define influenceDictionary.com defines influence as:

The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others

To understand influence, we need to break the definition down.

Capacity or Power – This is your leverage and comes in many forms.  Power comes from positions of authority.  CEOs, University Presidents, and other senior leaders set strategies and focus their teams on pursuing those objectives.  Fame and name recognition will cause people, at least in the beginning, to stop what they are doing and listen.  Expertise is another lever; Master Class is a platform that enables experts to educate and inspire.

Persons or Things – The distinction is important.  Influence always begins with people creating a product, service, or cause.  Over time and with success, a brand is formed.  Brands like Costco, NFL, and Tesla all generate a response.  A person’s name can become a brand as well.  People notice when they hear that Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey are interested in something.

Compelling force on or produce effects – Influence is always indirect.  Flags flutter in the wind because the wind blows; the wind influences the flag.  The butterfly effect describes the idea that small changes applied from great distances can result in major changes. 

Actions, behavior, opinions – If you cannot drive change, you do not have meaningful influence.  Getting people to try something is different from getting them to adopt something new.

At the risk of oversimplification, influencers fall into two categories – retail and cause.  When we think of social media influencers, we mostly think of retail.  These are people who promote themselves, their products, and the products of others.  This infographic shows the top influencers in this category.

Many important influencers do not start with name recognition.  They build that recognition over time.  Jane Goodall is an influencer on issues related to environmental and wildlife preservation.  She grew her influence over time based on her anthropological fieldwork in Africa.  Throughout her career, she has become a major voice in wildlife conservation.  Draymond John and Gary Vaynerchuk have turned their business successes into social influence.   There are thousands of influencers who have large followings but little name recognition.

Becoming an Influencer

With a clear understanding of what it means to have influence, you are now ready to act like a start-up CEO.  You need to make a business plan.

Identify Your Niche – You need to pick a target based on skills, experience, and passion.  In the beginning, it needs to be narrowly defined.  If automotive is your main interest, decide whether to focus on classic restorations, Formula 1 racing, repairs, safety, etc.  If fashion is your thing, are you interested in fashion shows, purses, shoes, fitness wear, or something else?  Craft brewing and distilling are popular, and thousands of social media sites are dedicated to tasting, home brewing, and cocktail mixing.  You have to be more interested and knowledgeable than the average follower.

Know Your Audience – There are several key questions to answer.  Whom do you want to influence?  Where can you find them?  Why do you believe they will be interested in what you have to say? 

Define the effect – What actions do you want people to take?  What behaviors do you want to change?  Do you want them to buy products you review, read your book, or take a trip to your favorite vacation spot?

Create a Relevance Strategy – When you launch your plan, you need to know how you plan to evolve.  To be an influencer, you need to keep people coming back.  What are the next steps in the audience’s journey?  You must understand how you and your followers will change and grow over time.

The first four steps are iterative.  As you work through the process, ask for the advice of others.  The first impressions are critical to your long-term success.  With your plan in place, you are ready for the next steps.

Choose Your Format and Platform – Some content is best suited for blogs, newsletters, and other forms of the written word.  Short-form videos are best for Instagram and TikTokYouTube is better suited for long videos.  If the spoken word is your choice, be sure to choose the podcast providers that already reach your audience.  Invest in recording and editing equipment and software.

Create Content – Create a backlog of content to establish early consistency.  Posting content on a predictable schedule makes it easy for people to get into the habit of looking for your content.  Use follower feedback to improve your messaging and identify topics for future posts.

Measure the Results – Your campaign started with the goal of influencing your followers to take action, modify behaviors, or change opinions.  If you are not meeting your goals, understand why and adjust.

Create Alliances – Once you have established your presence and have measurable results, you can build relationships with others.  You can get invitations to product launch events or sample products.  Others may repost your content to their audiences.

Social media influence is an important form of leadership.  Leadership is in all of us.  All we have to do is unlock our potential.

Mark Rapier is the Managing Director of The Rapier Group LLC.  You can follow him on LinkedIn and read his biweekly newsletter.  His book, The Leader With A Thousand Faces, (CLICK HERE to get your copy) describes the leadership journey we all experience and gives perspectives to consider before you find yourself needing the answers.

UFW PAYS FARM WORKERS $600

UFW Foundation to Distribute One-Time $600 Payment to Farm Workers for Pandemic Relief 

Applications are not available at this time; details on how to apply through UFW Foundation will be forthcoming

The United States Department of Agriculture today announced that the UFW Foundation has been selected as a grantee for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant Program to provide a one-time $600 payment to agriculture workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFW Foundation will have seven subrecipient organizations that will also be providing critical outreach and application support to workers.

The program was designed to provide relief to farm workers, meatpacking workers and front-line grocery workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of eligibility criteria to qualify for the $600 one-time payment will be forthcoming. The application period start date is yet to be determined.

Relief payments will be available to eligible frontline workers in farming activities, meatpacking, and grocery store work during the period extending from January 27, 2020 until the emergency period has been declared over. Eligibility requirements include identity and employment verification, and immigration status is not a factor. There is no cost to apply for the Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR). Only organizations awarded the grant by the USDA may process Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) applications. Potential applicants are reminded to not provide personal documents or any form of identification to unapproved organizations. The organizations listed on the USDA website are the only entities selected to provide these funds.

The UFW Foundation worked tirelessly to advance legislation that would empower USDA to support farm workers throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 Congress relief packages failed to provide pandemic assistance to millions of undocumented persons, many of whom pay taxes through Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and continued laboring during the pandemic, including farm workers. That is why UFW Foundation has been advocating for farm worker pandemic relief—making it known that even though farm workers are essential workers, they haven’t been treated as such. Additionally, unlike other workers, farm workers federally do not qualify for overtime pay, typically receive low wages, and experience poor working conditions. 

Below is the list of the UFW Foundation’s subrecipients for the USDA FFWR Program:

CIERTO

Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP)

Bienestar Oregon

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

United Farm Workers (UFW)

Farmworker Association of Florida

North Carolina Focus on Increasing Education Leadership and Dignity (NC FIELD)

“The COVID-19 pandemic left our most essential workers to fend for themselves with no federal aid, low pay, dangerous working conditions, and little to no economic safety nets,” said UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres. “And yet, farm workers continued risking their lives for all of us to have food on our tables. We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary Vilsack and USDA for recognizing the vital role of farm workers in the nation’s food security and economy through this program. Pandemic relief payments will make a significant impact in the day to day lives of farm workers affected by the pandemic. We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure this much-needed pandemic relief reaches the hands of farm workers across the nation.”

HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS by John Reilly via 360 Magazine

THE 35th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS

Complete Talent Lineup Now Set For The Friday, September 30th Broadcast On PBS

Host & Performers announced for the 35th Hispanic Heritage Awards:

The Already Announced 2022 Honorees Are:

 The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announces this year’s host, and performers for the 35thth Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards –  to be broadcast Friday, September 30th, on PBS Stations. The historic program, which was created by the White House to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. (An announcement about HHF’s in-person Hispanic heritage celebration in Washington, DC, is forthcoming.)

Modeled on the same format which set new ratings records for the broadcast across the last two years, this year’s presentation will once again feature intimately filmed segments captured on location across the United States and Latin America. In addition to the exclusive honoree profiles (detailed again below), the show will be hosted by actress Stephanie Beatriz – widely known for voicing the character of Mirabel Madrigal in Disney’s Oscar-winning 2021 film Encanto, as well as her portrayal of Carla  in the motion picture adaption of In The Heights, and as Detective Rosa Diaz in the action-comedy tv series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

 Continuing the Hispanic Heritage Awards’ long-running tradition of also celebrating the richness and stylistic diversity of Hispanic music and culture, the 35th anniversary broadcast will once again spotlight special musical guests spanning from established superstars to the introduction of essential new voices that will carry the communities’ music well into the future.  This year, that collection features multi-GRAMMY and/or LATIN GRAMMY winners such as Colombian Vallenato champion and previous Hispanic Heritage Award honoree Carlos Vives, beloved Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas, and one of Cuba’s leading Timba/tropical music ambassadors Aymée Nuviola.  Standouts of a new generation are also represented by already Platinum certified Panamanian Urban singer-songwriter Boza,, Interscope signed rising Puerto Rican star Robi (who will perform a heartfelt tribute to LEGEND honoree Daddy Yankee), and the first national TV performance of Cuban raised, and now Nashville based captivating rock guitarist and singer Hector Tellez Jr,  – whose prowess already finds him backed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Peter Buck, and Seattle Rock Scene veterans Barrett Martin (producer & drums) and bassist Dune Butler.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another inspirational class of Hispanic Heritage Awardees, and to pay tribute to them through these amazing performers and entertainers on the PBS broadcast,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF.  “Thanks to PBS and our corporate partners we will be able to share our celebration of cultural pride, accomplishment, and vision with all of America during Hispanic Heritage Month and year-round.  Stay tuned for our announcement for the in-person celebration.”

 Presented by TARGET with Official Broadcast Sponsorship by Nationwide, and hosted by Google, the 35th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will air Friday, September 30th on PBS stations and stream on Public Broadcasting Service and the PBS Video app.  This year’s deserving honorees spotlighted throughout the broadcast and announced over the past two months are trailblazing Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee, Marvel Studios executive producer Victoria Alonso, Oscar Winner Ariana Debose, multiple GRAMMY winners Los Lobos, aviation pioneer Olga Custodio and ‘Back To The Roots’ co-founders Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora. They join the ranks of  HHA winners across the last 35 years, that includes Rita Moreno, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Martin Sheen, Ricky Martin, Rubén Blades, Fania All-Stars, José Feliciano, Los Tigres Del Norte, Anthony Quinn, Juanes, Diego Luna, Juan Luis Guerra, and right up to the continued relevancy of recent winners such as Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Bad Bunny, Ivy Queen, Zoe Saldana, Residente, Selena Gomez and more inspiring figures ranging from essential farmworkers to pioneering NASA engineers.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation  

The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round mission focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through the lens of leadership.  HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

For more information, visit www.hispanicheritage.org and follow the Hispanic Heritage Foundation on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok.

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POMPEO, O’BRIEN – Nixon Awards

2021 Architect of Peace Award recipients to headline Nixon Library fundraiser. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien were jointly selected to receive the Richard Nixon Foundation’s 2021 Architect of Peace Award for their work developing and implementing both the 2020 Abraham Accords and the 2020 Serbia-Kosovo economic normalization agreements, as well as their oversight of the repatriation of more than 50 American hostages detained abroad. 

The awards will be presented at a Nixon Library gala on October 14, 2021, in front of 250 supporters of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation. In accepting their respective awards, both men are expected to deliver remarks at 6:30 PM Pacific time. The Architect of Peace Award was established in 1995 shortly after President Nixon’s death and is given to individuals who embody his lifelong goal of shaping a more peaceful world.

Its recipients include former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Senators Elizabeth Dole, Joe Lieberman, and John McCain, and both Walter and Leonore Annenberg. 360 Magazine is excited to see people get the recognition they need for their work.

Funds raised from the black-tie gala will support the ongoing works of the Nixon Foundation, which include operation of the Nixon Library as well as encouragement and support of scholarship, in-person and online programs that engage the public with American civics, the creation and promotion of educational programs and exhibits rooted in American history, and the fostering of discussion and debate about America’s thirty-seventh president. The program will be streamed live on the Richard Nixon Foundation YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/dyvtsC0xxrI 

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Dr. Jerome Adams × Purdue

Dr. Jerome Adams, former Indiana state health commissioner and the 20th U.S. surgeon general, will join Purdue University on Friday (Oct. 1) as a Presidential Fellow and the university’s first executive director of health equity initiatives, professor of practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health and a faculty member of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue.

The appointment was announced Thursday (Sept. 30) by Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

“Dr. Adams represents the highest level of excellence through decades of caring for patients and service to the nation in public health,” Daniels said. “He has consistently demonstrated commitment for health equity prior to, during and subsequent to his time as surgeon general. We are thrilled to have him provide leadership at Purdue and represent Purdue globally in this important strategic area.”

Eric Barker, dean of the Purdue College of Pharmacy, and Marion Underwood, dean of Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, said Adams’ leadership will bolster Purdue’s efforts to be a leader in public health and health equity as he works alongside colleagues across multiple colleges and units at Purdue, around the state of Indiana and beyond to elevate the awareness and impact of Purdue’s science-based public health programs, research and engagement.

“We know there are many societal determinants of health that transcend a person’s biology,” Underwood said. “Our efforts both in terms of urban and rural health can address many of these factors. Culture, family backgrounds, socio-economic status, and education all influence health and wellness. The College of Health and Human Sciences is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. We are eager to work alongside Dr. Adams to expand HHS research and outreach in the areas of public health, HHS Extension and beyond.”

Barker added, “Through the extensive learning, research and engagement missions of our College of Pharmacy and, broadly, across the Purdue system and our extensive networks, we have a chance to really study these issues and continue our vital work on initiatives that will improve the health of populations of our state and our nation.”

Pavlos Vlachos, director of the Regenstrief Center, said he expects Adams to be a catalyst to translate Purdue’s research to the health care systems and communities and to ultimately and positively impact population health.

“Often, some of the best health care technologies, scientific contributions or interventions fail to impact society because they are disconnected from the exact needs of the communities and what is needed for their successful implementation,” Vlachos said.  “Jerome’s long experience and deep understanding of the complex U.S. health care landscape and the current population health challenges will help us best navigate these challenges, and position Purdue as a national and global health care innovation leader.”

Adams, who comes to Purdue after having served as the 20th U.S. surgeon general from September 2017 through January 2021, said he intends to help amplify the efforts of the Purdue Extension program to promote health equity through Indiana and particularly in rural communities, as well as work specifically with the business community to make the case for health equity as workforce and economic issues.

“Purdue is a storied institution that has the legacy, the talent and thanks to President Daniels, the commitment to being a national leader in the promotion of health equity,” Adams said. “Never before in American history has the need been greater or the community been more desirous of such an effort. I’m excited to combine my experiences in public health and public policy with the resources and opportunities afforded by Purdue to help coordinate, amplify and innovate in the health equity space.”

Before his service to the nation, Adams served as Indiana state health commissioner from 2014 through 2017. In that role he oversaw the state’s response to Ebola and Zika, as well as an unprecedented HIV outbreak in southern Indiana and a lead contamination crisis in northern Indiana. Dr. Adams also has served as an associate professor of anesthesia at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, where he still sees patients and helps train residents and medical students.

Adams received his Master of Public Health with a focus on chronic disease prevention from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate internship was at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis and he completed his anesthesiology residency at the Indiana University Department of Anesthesia in 2006.

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Shabazz Center × Scholly Scholarship Fund

THE SHABAZZ CENTER AND SCHOLLY ANNOUNCE THE MALCOLM X AND DR. BETTY SHABAZZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND,TO CELEBRATE MALCOLM X’S 96th BIRTHDAY, SCHOLLY AND THE SHABAZZ CENTER WILL BE AWARDING THREE STUDENTS $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS

To celebrate Malcolm X’s 96th birthday and to honor he and his wife, Dr. Betty Shabazz’s legacy, the Shabazz Center has partnered with the scholarship search app Scholly to launch the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Scholarship Fund.

Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, wanted to create the scholarship program to honor her parents’ commitment to education and empowerment of people of color. My father, Malcolm X, once said that, Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,  Shabazz said. The opportunity to support young developing leaders and change-makers through the Scholly Scholarship in partnership with The Shabazz Center is such a rewarding investment that equally honors the lasting legacy of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Every year, thousands of graduates leave colleges and universities with millions in student debt, making it harder to begin a family, start a small business, or buy a house. Since 2015, Scholly has helped students of all ages earn more than $100 million in scholarships. 

Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz are icons of the civil rights movement so the Scholly team is excited to be a part of this program to help empower even more students, said Scholly CEO Christopher Gray. Also to announce such a program on Malcolm X’s birthday is a great way to honor his legacy. 

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students would need to complete the application, which includes an essay writing component, to receive one of three $10,000 scholarships to be used at any college or university. Students can apply for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Legacy Scholarship by visiting their website starting May 19th. The deadline to apply for the award is July 15th and the scholarship recipients will be announced in August.

About Scholly

Scholly is the #1 rated scholarship app in the world and has helped students win more than $100 million dollars since 2015. Scholly provides students and families access to thousands of scholarships, for college or graduate school, tailored just for them! Scholly also provides a service that gives  brands, celebrities, and non profits a turn key way to create, promote, manage, and payout scholarships and student loan payoffs.

About the Shabazz Center

Rooted in our abiding belief in Black power, possibility, and sovereignty, The Shabazz Center facilitates thought exchange around racial equity, justice, and cultural production, in the spirit of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Through global and local outreach, educational programming, and engagement with the African Diaspora, The Shabazz Center is a generative, action-oriented community organization committed to growing social movements that empower and prepare people for leadership in civil society.

Business woman article illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

How To Host Inclusive Corporate Training

Is Your Corporate Training Program Inclusive? If Not, Here’s How You Can Do It

Inclusion is an important aspect of every workplace. However, surprisingly even the greatest of the companies with impeccable work culture often gloss over accessibility and inclusion in regards to training and development as an afterthought.

It’s crucial for every organization and its leadership to understand that training employees will never have a one-size-fits-all solution. Every employee has a different learning capability. They interact and engage with the program in different ways. Therefore, they cannot be expected to yield similar results. That’s simply impractical.

That’s where inclusive training plays an important role. Inclusive training includes the steps that you take to remove every hindrance that prevents, or could prevent, your workforce from reaching their full potential.

The more inclusive and accessible your training is, the more it’ll help employees retain what they learn. It helps a majority of employees stay engaged and consequently, improve the ROI of the program.

Here’s how you can achieve greater engagement and ROI:

  • Use the Right Language

Start by adopting an LMS that offers multilingual features. Take Totara LMS, for example. Once you have an LMS that supports different languages, identify the linguistic capabilities of your team members. Even if you have English as your working language, you can still translate training in the language that a maximum number of your employees speak.

When they learn in their own language, this helps them retain information and understand concepts better.

You should also tone down your training. Make it more user-friendly, avoid technical terms, steer clear of jargon, and use shorter sentences.

  • Adopt Different Methods to Deliver Content

We’ve already talked about how different learners have different capabilities to engage with the content. Thus, finding different ways to deliver content to your employees is considered one of the best practices.

While a few might learn better with employees, there are others that may prefer PDFs or infographics to grasp the content better. You should consider offering different options to employees if you want your training to be inclusive and effective.

Also, be sure that your content can be accessed from different operating systems on different devices. This will allow your employees to engage in microlearning and be a part of the program even when they’re on the go.

  • Consider Age and Technology Literacy Gaps 

Your entire workforce will not be tech-savvy and you need to keep this in mind. In an organization, you will not only find millennials that are comfortable around technology. You have your workforce that is built of individuals from varied generations.

While you wouldn’t want the baby boomers in your team to feel left out, you also wouldn’t want your millennials to lose interest. So, how do you create a balance? By pairing individuals from different age groups together.

Make employees from different generations and tech skills study buddies. While millennials can play their part in helping the older generation learn about technology, baby boomers can help millennials learn from their experience.

  • Encourage Self-Paced Learning 

As companies adopt remote working as their permanent or temporary work arrangement, remote training with the help of different online courses became a norm. However, the workplace was not the only change that individuals had to face.

Those in the workforce working from home had to deal with changes that were taking place at their home as well. Many have kids who are homeschooling, or may need to take care of elderly family members. It is likely their stress levels are higher than usual.

It’s true that the training program should be completed on time and it’s important for everyone to be involved. However,  inclusive training means offering flexibility and encouraging self-paced learning.

Conclusion 

Inclusive training in today’s time is a crucial practice. The best ways to make your training more inclusive is by using different language, delivering content in more than one way, pairing up different employees from different generations together, and encouraging self-paced learning. The more inclusive you make your training, the more successful it’ll be.

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Best Culture & Fashion Lifestyle Publication – USA

360 MAGAZINE has been selected as Best Culture & Fashion Lifestyle Publication – USA

Awarded by the 2021 Global Business Insight Awards, which celebrates business leadership, innovation in finance and investment and sector success across all seven continents of the world, 360 Magazine is honored to receive this prestigious title. Global Business Insight has ranked 360 Magazine at the “pinnacle of its peers,” recognizing our magazine’s commitment to continued success and innovation.

What are the 2021 Global Business Insight Awards?

“The 2021 Global Business Insight Awards are an exact illustration of the very best this essential and competitive industry as to offer. By concentrating on a wealth of disciplines, our awards will endeavor to identify and celebrate those individuals and businesses within the Business Insight umbrella. From Financial Services and Technology to Construction and Healthcare – all sectors and company sizes are welcome, including individual recognition for outstanding achievements. Using our far-reaching and intense research process, we guarantee the selection of only the elite for our prestigious honors.”

How is the 2021 Winner List Formulated?

“The 2021 Global Business Insight Awards are a celebration of business leadership, innovation and sector success across the globe. Nominated through a legitimately independent process, each of the winners is carefully selected by the corporate community, raising the kudos of these annual awards. Business leaders are recognized across a full spectrum of sectors, from Financial Services and Technology to Construction and Healthcare and then judged in a range of categories.”

“Ensuring that the award evaluation process is neutral and valid, is a key priority and as a consequence votes are gathered year-round via a number of digital channels and then evaluated employing a transparent and dynamic framework. For each of the awards programs we utilize quantitative and qualitative studies which have been conducted by our experienced research teams and by measuring each business against a precise set of appraisal criteria, we have created a unique model which assures the validity of our results.  The criteria and sub-criteria offer a robust set of requirements that are then used as the methodology to not only benchmark but also create a depth of understanding amidst the participating businesses, ultimately allowing us to ensure that we capture different dimensions of the same phenomenon.”

Who Judges the Awards?

“The judges of the 2021 Global Business Insight Awards are highly experienced and diverse; the panel are made up of transnational and multi-lingual appointed individuals whose backgrounds span a host of different disciplines such as European languages, journalism, history, media and not least business. Headed up by an experienced academic leader of international schooling, who boasts years of coaching practice and is well-informed in research practices and the verification of facts and facilitation, the panel are able to run efficiently and dependably, ultimately ensuring the weight of these awards.”

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3 Tips for Leaders

3 Tips for Leaders to Steady the Ship When Employees Lose Their Balance

Company leaders and managers have a big responsibility in overseeing employees. But they can’t see everything, and sometimes there’s more going on in a worker’s life than meets the eye.

Employee disengagement or burnout isn’t always apparent, and some employers may be in for a surprise if and when the COVID-19 pandemic winds down. One study shows that 57% of U.S. employees say they are burnt out, with many likely to leave their job after the pandemic is over. And a Gallup survey reveals that the percentage of engaged employees – those enthusiastic about their workplace – is under 40%.

What the numbers mean is leaders need to learn how to spot and help out-of-balance employees, says Mark McClain, CEO and co-founder of SailPoint and the ForbesBooks author of Joy and Success at Work: Building Organizations that Don’t Suck (the Life Out of People).

“One challenge leaders and managers routinely face is to recognize when the people around them – peers, colleagues, but especially subordinates – are out of balance or are heading in the wrong direction,” McClain says. “Beyond the potential impacts on their personal lives, you want to try to head off the negative effects such imbalances can have on their roles in the company.

“This may seem imposing, but you have to pay attention as a leader. No employee can run at a crazy pace forever, yet some companies let people run themselves right out of the building. Other workers who are disengaged can be harder to spot initially.”

McClain offers these tips for leaders to spot, address, and help out-of-balance employees:

  • Make work-life balance part of your culture. “You can expect much from your employees, but you don’t want them to fry themselves,” McClain says. “You don’t want them to harm their health, their family, or their relationships. If you have good people, ideally, you’ll grow them and help them work toward their vision of a healthy work-life balance. The sooner leaders confront imbalance in the equation, the more meat they put on the bones of company culture.”
  • Screen out for potential burnout. Some companies hire knowing they will overwork people or take advantage of their ambition to work extra hard and advance up the corporate ladder, McClain says. But that approach can lead to burnout and departure, which costs companies in terms of replacing them. “There are always going to be ultra-motivated climbers,” McClain says. “But exploiting them is beyond bad. Those who can’t stand it get out, and the HR departments plan on the fact that every four or five years, only 15 to 20 percent of those hires will be able to move up the ranks. These types of organizations instead should invest in pre-hiring assessments to screen out those who value a life outside of work. Doing so would save the companies money and turnover.”
  • Be a counselor. It’s not an invasion of privacy for a manager to show concern in an employee, McClain says, and probing is necessary to help the employee. “Like it or not,” he says, “being a counselor of sorts is part of managing people. Getting to know them as people, and their work styles, is what makes spotting imbalances possible. Its why good managers pull employees aside and say, ‘Hey, you’re here, but you’re not engaged. Is something going on?’ Managers who take that step are able to uncover issues and steer their employees to the help they need.”

“Many companies talk about caring for workers until they’re blue in the face,” McClain says. “But when you put in place the pieces to help them succeed, leaders walk the walk – and everybody wins.”

Chaos Ignites Agility Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Chaos Ignites Agility

2020 exposed the collapse of standardization. We are rapidly moving away from an era defined by outdated standards that held people to conformity and limited their creativity—to today’s new era of personalization that honors one’s individual contributions and embraces fresh ideas and ideals,” said Glenn Llopis, president of GLLG, a leadership and business strategy consulting firm that authored a new report available today: CHAOS IGNITES AGILITY (download full report).

CHAOS IGNITES AGILITY captures the most intimate and disruptive insights from 46 executives across healthcare, corporate, and education. These leaders came together virtually for three days last October to share how they are working to restore individual dignity in how they serve patients, customers, employees, and students to thrive in a post-pandemic reality.

Themes emerged across the sectors, as doctors, professors, executives, deans, and presidents got real about how they have been adapting throughout the challenges and unpredictability of 2020. They collectively zeroed in on these major challenges and opportunities:

  • How to put patients, employees, and students at the center – to activate individual capacity.
  • How to lead through industry transformation when there’s so much uncertainty.
  • How to pursue and employ inclusion as a growth strategy going forward.

This riveting video tells the story.

Organizations represented in CHAOS IGNITES AGILITY include:

Healthcare:

  • CVS Health, Mount Sinai Health System, Anthem, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Woman’s Hospital, Lenovo Health, Keck Medicine of USC, City of Hope Cancer Medical Center, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Corporate:

  • Starbucks, Microsoft, Twitter, ViacomCBS, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Cost Plus World Market, Chico’s FAS, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, Farmers Insurance, H&R Block, Lyft, and Banfield Pet Hospital

Higher Education:

  • Clemson University, College of Business, Google, USC Marshall School of Business, Drake University, The Eagle Academy Foundation, Fairfield University, Lynchburg, College of Business, University of Washington, Bothell, University of South Florida, College of Business, California State University, Stanislaus, and Metropolitan Community College

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