The 2018 Olympic Winter Games ended over two weeks ago in PyeongChang, but the winning attitudes of the athletes continue to inspire us long after the Olympic flame is snuffed out. But moving from competitive hype to high performance in the workplace depends on more than your frame of mind. It takes hard work, dedication, perseverance, and patience to reach the top.
The problem many organizations face today is not a shortage of people—it is a shortage of skills.
After more than 10 years of success as a leader in management development, we’ve come up with the criteria for recognizing how and when to invest in your organization’s future. Here are the three main indicators that right now is the right time to make financial room for training.
A recent press release from the American Psychological Association reported that 61% of the stress in our daily lives is derived from work. A separate survey from Statistic Brain highlighted that 48% of people said stress has had a negative impact in their personal and professional lives. Even more disheartening, roughly 75% of those individuals regularly experienced physiological symptoms caused by stress, like headaches, rapid heartbeat, insomnia and others.
This may not come as a surprise. The end of the year is ripe with stressful situations. But, rather than try to account for the all the things outside your control, here's a list of steps you can take to relieve the effects of stress in your life:
Research from the Statistic Brain Institute shows that 92% of the people who set New Year's goals, in 2016, never actually achieved them. Those who failed to meet their goals cited symptoms of busyness while others stated that their goals were simply forgotten over time. This begs the following question: What does it take to achieve my goals?
The answer isn't rocket science, but it does entail a basic fundamental principle of physics.
It’s the end of the day, and instead of feeling accomplished, you feel defeated. Ever stop to wonder why? You look back at all the emails you read and replied to, all the calls you answered and made. Yet, even with all the tasks you completed, there’s still that nagging feeling you can’t shake—the feeling that you’ve been unproductive.
More often than not, this sentiment can be the result of starting your day in response mode: the feeling that your time's been hijacked by what other people think you should do. It’s annoying, right? Whether or not you’ve prioritized your day according to goals you’ve set before, success is determined by actions—by those you do, but more so by those you don’t do.
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.
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.
The millennial generation has been given a bad rap over the years. They’ve been labeled as lazy, entitled, spoiled, soft—in worst cases, all the above.
But when it comes to Millennials in the workforce, these brandings are inaccurate statements and overgeneralizations of younger, hardworking employees.
The way you manage people shows through company image, talent retention, employee loyalty and the quality of work they provide. But there can be grand differences in each of these aspects when whoever in charge is either the embodiment of a leader or is simply being a boss. To reap the benefits of quality work and to create a positive workplace environment, follow these tips (and enjoyable GIFs) on how to be a leader, not a boss.