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.
Communication is a skill that can either be cultivated to strengthen your organization or neglected to the point that it cripples your bottom line. Indeed, the way your company communicates affects all facets of production, logistics, operations, and employee interactions. So, it's well worth your time to ensure your communication culture is a constructive one.
In Part 1 of our "Leading Change in Communication" series, we discussed the paradigmatic importance of conveying trust through conversation rather than projecting authority by dishing out demands. But trust doesn't stand alone. Leaders, in order to reap the benefits of lucrative communication practices, you'll want to incorporate an element of inclusion, too.
You've heard it before—the old adage: birds of a feather, flock together. While this is true both in and out of the workplace (for humans as well as birds), a recent article in The Leadership Quarterly, defines the term Flock Leadership as a useful means of identifying leadership opportunities in organizational settings. In the article, the authors describe how this form of collective leadership is relational rather than hierarchical, requiring an individual's awareness of their own unique strengths. Thus, the results aid in the development of systemic responsibility for all.
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.
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.
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.
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.