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The 3 Best To-Do List Apps to Use with Khorus

Elizabeth Thompson

Posted by Elizabeth Thompson
January 26, 2018

When we introduce new teams to Khorus, one topic we always cover is the distinction between (a) the goals you put in Khorus and (b) the tasks you put on a to-do list. It’s a really important difference—and it gets to the core of what Khorus does for your team.

We built Khorus to give everyone in your company a single place to keep track of their top-level goals. The goals you put in Khorus each quarter should reflect business outcomes—the outcomes that, if achieved, mean you will count this as a successful quarter.

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5 CEO Strategies for Building Employee Engagement

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
January 19, 2018

Peter Drucker once said, “Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.” 

If your employees became volunteers—if the direct deposits stopped hitting their bank accounts—would they give another thought to the mission of your company?

For most of them, the answer is probably no. Just look at widely cited employee engagement data from Gallup showing that less than a third of workers are engaged (and less than 15 percent worldwide). Despite millions of dollars pouring into engagement programs each year, we continue to struggle to get people to actually care about their jobs. What are business leaders to do?

The shift of mind-set suggested by Drucker is a great place to start. We have to consider the fact that our best employees are in a sense volunteering to work for us: they could easily get jobs elsewhere. If we want them to give discretionary effort and connect with the company’s purpose, we have to convince them that it’s worth their while.

Whose responsibility is that? Everyone plays a role here—including employees themselves, as both Gallup and Marshall Goldsmith have recently argued. But to build an environment where most employees are invested in their jobs most of the time, the CEO must step up and lay the groundwork.

Here are five essential ways to build engagement from the top.

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7 Questions to Build Foresight in Your Organization

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
January 10, 2018

It's always surprised me that management gurus frequently ignore one skill I find extremely valuable in employees. That skill is foresight—the ability to think ahead as you pursue objectives at work.

The average employee is constant dealing with a new crisis, something she never saw coming. The exceptional employee, on the other hand, has developed the habit of orienting himself to the future. He understands the big-picture vision and is always on the lookout for upcoming roadblocks.

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Introducing 1:1 Notes in Khorus

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
January 5, 2018

Of all the tools in a manager's toolbox, regular 1:1 meetings are one of the most powerful.

These discussions—ideally taking place weekly or biweekly—carve out an important space where manager and direct report can talk about what's going in the employee's world. Done right, they keep the employee engaged and help the manager understand their direct report's strengths, growth opportunities, and aspirations.

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