Empowering Work Relationships

June 16, 2011
Empowering work relationships

I’m speaking today to the OEM Team at Arvato Digital Services here in Reno. This is a custom presentation to meet their specific needs, so although I’m very familiar with the material, it’s still a new presentation for me.
I’m going to start by presenting the newest evidence on employee empowerment at work, why it matters and how to get it. Empowerment is the ability to make decisions and take action. Any decision you make or action you take is going to affect others, and your decisions and actions are also influenced by others; consequently, it’s impossible to be truly empowered without good work relationships.
After we do an application exercise on empowerment the presentation will then cover REAL relationships at work. As I always do, I will encourage folks to build more interdependent partnerships with others at work. Those are only possible when we assume more responsibility for ourselves, understand mutual expectations, hold ourselves accountable first as part of holding others accountable, and continue to learn and grow at work.
I hope they enjoy it, because I know I will!
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  1. Thank you for the great, post, Bret. I really enjoyed your power point. This is excellent advice on building partnerships in an age where we can be so easily disconnected. I have been reading more about this in Andria L. Corso’s book, From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor, which is one of the few HR books (if not the only HR book) about the actual practices and behaviors required for HR to be true trusted partners to business leaders.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Audrey. I’ve not seen the book you mention, so I will check it out. Thanks! Bret

  2. Thanks, Bret and you’re welcome. I am glad to have found your knowledgeable blog. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I have. — Audrey

  3. Jesse Stoner says:

    I think empowerment and delegating go hand in hand. They both require willingness to relinquish control. And they need to be set up right to ensure success. I enjoyed your presentation. I don’t need to ask how it went because I’m sure it went well.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    It went well, Jesse. I always have fun doing these. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Bret