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Communication: The Lifeblood of a Successful Company

JP Bio PhotoDr. John Psarouthakis, Excecutive Editor The Business Thinker magazine, www.BusinessThinker.com, and Founder nad Managing Director of JP Managemnt Center, llc (www.jpmcenter.com)

The rapid changes that take place in modern society demand that more people know more about more things. And that they learn it much faster than ever before.

As a result, we should communicate with each other more fre-quently and about a wider variety of things. And the amount, speed, and varieties of communication grow greater every day. As we communicate more, it’s also essential that we communicate better, because more people are affected by and have to know about changes, new ideas, and developments.

That is not to say that people today are necessarily more intelligent or better educated than previous generations. But you and I are exposed to much more information than our parents were. And in order to do our jobs and grow, we have to be able to communicate effectively. That means both taking in and giving out information. That means sharing ideas and information with fellow workers who need it to do their job. That means being accurate when we inform others. And prompt in sharing that information when timeliness is important.

We should make a distinction between information flow and decision making based on that information. That’s because we have to have an environment in which information can be openly and easily shared with those who need it to do their job. We have to be able to communicate information with different kinds of people in various situations. But we do not want to set up conflicting actions.

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Improvement in Quality of Life with Information Technology

Professor Dr. Rolf Pfeiffer of the University of Roetlingen, Germany is a contributor writer to The Business Thinker. He is the Director, Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg and Vice President of the INTEGRATA Foundation.

This article was contributed to the Conference of the INTEGRATA Foundation on Humane Uses of Information Technology on 14th October 2010  in Karlsruhe, Germany

(this is a translation from the original German).

The quality of life and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) can be more usefully interlinked if researchers and experts in future think more about the possible opportunities and pay closer attention to the interconnections that already exist.  This is demonstrated by the extracts from the Handelsblatt quoted here which have almost every day reported new moves in the quality of life in relation to ICT.

The more closely we look at the question of the quality of life and ICT, the more fascinating the subject becomes.  Everyday experience shows many instances of the influence of ICT on the quality of life.  Innovative people find the introduction of ICT into new areas of life very positive, even if it later proves to be socially unfavourable.  This demonstrates how difficult it is to deal with the humane use of ICT every day in order to maintain our quality of life.

This does not mean daily opposition to ICT, just that it is necessary to keep an alert watch on developments and to make free and independent decisions about our own lives.  Another example: I can write this manuscript by hand, and then have it typed with a good old-fashioned typewriter.  But this would cause major problems for the editor and publisher.  If I write the script on a PC with internet connection, this means extra typing work for me, but the text can then easily be sent and edited.  But if I forget to make regular back-up copies and somewhere down the line the IT fails, then I have a problem. There are many experts these days who can solve these problems.  But there are also enough people who see the overall situation as a deterioration in the quality of life.

What conclusions can we draw from all the examples we have examined?

  • Each individual person has aims and values according to which they can judge the influence of ICT on their quality of life.
  • Institutions (including companies) have aims and values according to which they can judge the influence of ICT applications on the wellbeing of their employees.
  • Society and politicians strive towards a quality of life compatible with their aims and values and use ICT in an appropriate and humane manner.

Integrata’s aim must be to maintain awareness of these developments (e.g. in the context of HumaniThesia and the Heilmann Prize) and not to lose sight of the risks involved in ICT applications.

HumaniThesia will provide the basis on which these aims can be achieved.

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How to Develop a High Performing Workforce as the Economy Recovers from Recession

Stephen J. Gill– is a guest contributor.
An Independent Consultant for Human Performance

He publishes a blog at: http://ThePerformanceImprovementBlog.com.

Evidence indicates that most of the U.S. and other developed countries are starting to emerge from the worst economy since the Great Depression of the 30s. The likelihood that we will return to those conditions again in the near future depends on the financial and operational viability of companies, but also, to a great extent, on how well companies manage their employees. If executives don’t attend to the factors that determine a high performance workforce, their companies will not thrive and survive.

Some researchers estimate that as many as a third of employees will “jump ship” as soon as hiring takes off again. These employees are not content with their current situations and are just waiting for new opportunities to become available. Those who remain, feeling survivor-syndrome stress, will not be fully engaged in their work and will not perform at their best. Having lost much of their talent, with institutional wisdom walking out the door, and with a remaining workforce that lacks motivation, these companies will not be able to compete in their marketplaces. Continue reading How to Develop a High Performing Workforce as the Economy Recovers from Recession