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Shine On Summer Spirit // LPHR's Daily Motivation for Keeping Your Best Self Hot + On Top this Summer  ♥
Shine On Summer Spirit // LPHR’s Daily Motivation for Keeping Your Best Self Hot + On Top this Summer ♥

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Policy and Procedures

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People generally need structure. 

It provides a framework for an environment of basic understanding and opportunity to thrive.  In organizations, policies and procedures serve employees with that simple foundation.

Policy

A policy is a formal guidance or rule to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.  It’s needed to coordinate and execute activity throughout a company.  When effectively deployed, policy statements help focus attention and resources on high priority issues.  They align and merge efforts to successfully achieve a business vision.  Policy provides the operational framework within which the business functions.

Policies are typically written to cover topics of widespread application.  They change less frequently, as they are considered the agreed upon standard within an entity.  Usually, policies are expressed in broad terms and cover the “what” and the “why” of any given area.  Policies also answer some of the operational issues related to the topic at hand.

Procedures

On the other hand, a procedure typically supports a policy.  It is a method for performing a task or a fixed, step-by-step sequence of activities.  Procedures cover the operational processes required to implement a policy into action.  Operating practices can be formal or informal, specific to a department, building or applicable across an entire business unit.  If policy is “what” an organization does operationally, then it’s procedures are “how” it intents to carry out those operating policy expressions.

Procedures cover a topic in a more narrow application. They are typically prone to change as a business grows or adapts.  Procedures, often referred to as “Standard Operating Procedures” or “SOPs” are stated in as much detail as is required to perform accurately and effectively.  At length, it will describe a process and cover “how” something is done, “when” it should take place and/or “who” involved.

Both policies and procedures are necessary.  Outside basic federal and local legal compliance, it is up to the organization how in depth both tools are utilized.  Most importantly, both are tools that support your organizational practices and principles.  Effective leaders do not lead by policy, rather refer to them as tools throughout their interdisciplinary leadership efforts.

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Raising Sights

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If you want to make things happen, you have to raise the sights of your team, not lower them.  The broader the picture you give people, the fewer obstacles they see in their path.  People need BIG goals.

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Mentorship

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True mentorship is about an ongoing
relationship of learning, dialog and challenge. 

Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.  True mentorship is more than just answering occasional questions or providing assistance getting acclimated.  It’s about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog and challenge.

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Learning and Development

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Learning and development in organizations
directly impacts the success of the workplace culture,
employee retention and company succession planning.

Leadership practices that support organizational efforts to train, coach and develop its people are typically seen throughout the orientation (on boarding) process; the cornerstone of which everything is tied back to the company mission,vision, values and principles.  Practices that set this as the expectation early and often,  from the very first day (or interview), tend to be more effective than organizations practicing routine “check the box” processes throughout the levels of their training programs.

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