Your people are your most important and versatile resource. They can be upgraded, renewed, rejuvenated and adapted to a wide variety of jobs. Equipped with the proper support, tools, information and leadership, they can make the difference in the global race for market share. As a manager, if you treat them poorly, or ignore the value of their skills, you risk certain failure.
The first in a three-volume series, IEEE-USA’s new audio book, Developing Your People — Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace — Volume 1: Key Skills Employees Will Need, clarifies the distinctive realities of the Information Age; the types of skills that are required for career success; and how managers can create environments that inspire and encourage their employees.
“There’s no greater responsibility in the workplace than being a manager in charge of developing employees,” author Harry T. Roman writes.
This IEEE Senior Life Member ought to know. Roman worked for 36 years, al almost all of them in R&D, for Public Service Electric and Gas Company, the largest utility serving the state of New Jersey. A veteran engineering professional and educator, he has helped many employees shape and develop their careers, and has led many interdisciplinary project teams.
The author is firmly convinced that promoting creativity is just one of a manager’s prime responsibilities. Roman believes any job and any person can be creative–if promoted properly, and enabled by those in charge.
“All people possess the capacity for creativity,” he says, “but may lack either the opportunity, or the conditions, that will bring it out.”
Roman believes most professionals are not only motivated by money. Instead, he professes, what really inspires them is the opportunity to perform work that gives them both recognition, and a sense of personal achievement.
To encourage creativity, Roman’s recommendations include: giving employees the freedom to accomplish their tasks; keeping everyone informed about important issues; helping them understand and show how their work is relevant to the company; providing opportunities for employees to communicate with senior management; and ensuring financial resources–so employees can prove their work, publish papers, and attend conferences.
Take a listen, to discover Roman’s commonsense ways to guide employees as they grow into their career. You can download your free audio book download in MP3 format, by going to: https://ieeeusa.org/shop/careers/management-resources/ebook-developing-people-commonsense-leadership-workplace-vol-1key-skills/ or by clicking https://ieeeusa.org/?smd_process_download=1&download_id=15906. No promo code is necessary. Just follow the instructions, after clicking on the link.
The companion e-book is also available for only $7.99 for members and $9.99 for non-members, at the same link. Just log in with your IEEE Account, and add the book to your cart to purchase.
“Our grandfathers, and maybe even our fathers, competed with their hands, but we shall compete with our brains,” says Roman. He says human intellect will play a fundamental role in the future workplace, “because industry needs people who can think, envision, be creative, and have the ability to innovate rapidly.”
Don’t miss this great free audio book gift from IEEE-USA. Carve out some time to listen and learn–you owe it to yourself, and more importantly–to your employees.
Georgia C. Stelluto is IEEE-USA’s Publishing Manager; Manager/Editor of IEEE-USA E-BOOKS; InFocus Department Editor for IEEE-USA InSight; and Co-Editor of the IEEE-USA Conference Brief.