IT Management Slideshow: IT Management: Tips for Energizing Your Teams

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-29-2011
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What is organizational energy?

What is organizational energy?

It is the extent to which an organization, division or team has mobilized its emotional, cognitive and behavioral potential to pursue goals.

The negative energy of a single team member can impact your entire organization. In the book "Fully Charged: How Great Leaders Boost Their Organization's Energy and Ignite High Performance" (Harvard Business Review Press/Available now), authors Heike Bruch and Bernd Vogel contend that CIOs and other top executives must constantly monitor their department's energy level. One problem: Far too many senior managers invest in motivating the individual, rather than the whole group. Creating a lasting culture of energy requires constant watch for trouble signs and reinforcement of energy-sparking strategies, the authors say. Uncertainty within the ranks, for example, must be recognized and addressed with a sincere effort toward transparency. Bruch, a professor of leadership at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, is founder and research director of the Organizational Energy Program. Vogel is assistant professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the U.K.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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