How Healthy is Your Plan? Your DIY Consultation Guide.

Posted by Foresight Staff on December 08, 2017

As the old adage goes, preparation is only half the battle. Planning tools like the Eisenhower Matrix (discussed in an earlier blog post) can certainly be used to resolve conflicting priorities when developing your plan, but a successful plan also entails regular evaluation.

In terms of our health, we often schedule appointments when we feel under the weather. Preventative care, however, (much like management development training), works at the opposite end of the wellness spectrum. It requires initiative. By the same logic, we can check the health of our own plans before things get awry.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Management Development, Time Management, Healthy Business Growth

The 6 Questions You Must Ask To Start Planning Like You Mean It.

Posted by Foresight Staff on December 06, 2017

The end of the year is often thought as the best time to reflect and refresh big-picture thinking. But, strategic business leaders will agree that there’s no best time for planning since the process is an ongoing one. A good plan constantly responds to changing conditions and circumstances. A great plan not only provides a blueprint for the direction, focus, and organization needed to stay on task, but it also evaluates whether our goals (and the goals of our employees) are properly aligned.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Development, Management Development, Time Management, Healthy Business Growth

Table Talk 101: Have an Attitude for Gratitude

Posted by Faith Jones on November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving is that special day when family and friends join together and celebrate the past year. Often times, however, even the moments we spend together can turn out to be stressful or overwhelming. I'm not just referring to the pains of overcooking the turkey or the headaches of absurd travel delays. In this case, my concerns are mostly with the interactions we have at the table.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Active Listening

Leading Change in Communication, Part I: Trust

Posted by Cathy Segarra on November 16, 2017

Proper communication begins with trust. And, in this day and age, without trust, success is only fleeting.

You might be surrounded by people that have the passion, drive, and competency it takes to be successful in your business, but if you and your employees aren't equipped with the right communication skills (those that breed trust), your efforts may be short-lived. Simply put, if employees or clients don't trust you or the values of your organization, the results you seek today might never match your vision of the future.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Succession Planning, Management Development, Active Listening

Communicating with Care: Why Empathy is Important.

Posted by Faith Jones on November 09, 2017

Not to be confused with sympathy, empathyas defined by Psychology Today—is "the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective." Said another way, it's the ability to relate with someone else through their feelings rather than by their words or actions. Simply put, you feel like they do.

But when empathy isn't a part of your communication equation, those that you interact with on a daily basis can start to shut down or feel isolated. And in the workplace, teamwork can quickly turn into "me-work". Ultimately, not employing empathy in your communications can cause your personal and professional relationships to suffer greatly.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Active Listening

4 Communication Habits to Enact Now for Improving Workplace Morale

Posted by Faith Jones on November 06, 2017

For a moment, think back to this familiar instance of feeling out of the loop:

You're meeting a friend for coffee, and you find yourself waiting (...and waiting) for them to arrive. After reaching out via text, you realize you didn’t receive their note—they’d wanted to reschedule. 

Despite being friends, this situation can cause a little awkwardness and more than a fair share of frustration. And it all came as a result of poor communication.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Employee Development, Succession Planning

5 Ways to Turn On Your Active Listening Abilities

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 27, 2017

You don't need to be bitten by a mutant spider to be capable of the extraordinary. All it takes is your attention and your intention to understand others.

Before moving on, just so we're clear, this post contains no promise of superhuman powers—you're already equipped with the amazing ability to empathize and listen. Instead, what follows are a series of steps to turning on your natural, active listening abilities. No spidey sense required.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Active Listening

Active vs Passive Listening: Do You Know The Difference?

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 26, 2017

The National Center for Voice and Speech asserts that the average person speaks at a rate of 150 words per minute (or wpm, for short), while the average person can passively listen to roughly 1,000 wpm. This ability to hear more words than can be said comes naturally, you might think—"two ears, one mouth," I can hear my mother say. But there's a big difference between being biologically inclined to passively listen and being skilled to actively engage in a given communication. The latter is something to be intentionally developed over time.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy

Going Up? 3 Smart Moves to Support and Sustain Business Growth

Posted by Foresight Staff on October 19, 2017

It should be overtly stated (and undeniably understood) that status quo thinking in business is a hazard to avoid at all costs. With so much going on in your organization, adding more layers of planning, analysis and safeguards to infrastructure might seem a bit unreasonable.

Maybe you've just invested a wealth of time and resources into streamlining processes? Perhaps you're reaping the benefits of an effective marketing campaign? Whatever the case may be, you know your business is growing, or you hope it's ready to take off fast. Generally speaking, however, the associated thought behind this kind of static behavior is that there just isn't enough time for anything else anyway. It isn’t more time you need.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Time Management, Healthy Business Growth

Winter is Coming: Are you Planning for Succession?

Posted by Candido Segarra on October 17, 2017

A month and a half after HBO's Game of Thrones season 7 finale, it's still a good time to plan for the coming winter. The season, of sorts, I'm referring to; however, has less to do with White Walkers and more to do with workplace trends and leadership continuity. 

Planning for succession is not something most leaders typically think about until they are ready to retire. Troublesome turnaround rates can also be mitigated by implementing a proper succesion plan, unlike the due course of the Lannister line. And while the consequences of not having a plan in place can have a lasting effect on your business (or The Seven Kingdoms for that matter), the process of creating one is nothing to lose your head over.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Management Development