Your achievements are the sum of your habits. What you get done each day is built on the habitual way you approach your job and work relationships. So, holding onto bad habits, largely out of comfort, impedes your own career progress! How to swap those out for great habits? Read on.
Oil rig workers, executive management teams, production line managers, all need to find ways to manage a day better, and find more time for tasks and leadership functions. Recent research done by WebTorials finds that 70% of a typical employee’s day is spent communicating with other humans. Seems like honing interpesonal skills might reap significant rewards! Click through to find out more.
If you have what seems to be a stupid question, you need to ask it. Asking stupid questions avoids stupid mistakes. There are smart ways to ask those seemingly stupid questions, though, that make it more likely that you get the answers you need. Read on for more.
As a leader or co-worker, the words you choose to use when responding to input strongly impact how the conversation goes. Are you encouraging, or off-putting? Do you validate the ideas of others, or belittle them? Are you aware of the words you use? Do your conversational habits have to change? Let's explore this further.
How you express yourself impacts how well listeners receive what you say. And in many instances, business-speak shorthand can confuse matters rather than present ideas clearly. Let's see how "goals," "Big Idea" and "strategy" can swap roles inadvertently, with the help of the Strategy& blog.
Leaders are made, not born, and we believe anyone can lead if given the support and latitude to learn on the job. So when we saw an article on Monster.com that gave advice about what behavioral attributes you might have that would disqualify you from winning a management role, we had to say "not so fast!" The only hurdle to stepping up into management is your own lack of desire to acquire the skills you need. Everything else is learnable.
Today is the Ides of March, and if you know your Shakespeare, you know this date is permanently tied to the tragic story of Julius Caesar, the Roman leader who famously failed to include his professional peers in his empire-building plans, and then compounded his error by ignoring clear warning signs that his decision-making was leading him to disaster. Are you headed for an "Ides of March" at work?
Every so often we find it useful to reconnect with our own Foundations of Excellence Leadership Philosophy, to re-engage ourselves with productive leadership mindsets that foster the aligned, passionate action you and your team need to achieve your goals. Do you pursue the truth, build unshakable trust and focus your communication on what counts most? You should!
Insight: If most of your work day is spent talking to, texting or e-mailing people, you need to do it well if you want to lead productively! Whether you are carrying on a casual conversation or making a formal presentation to senior management, you need to keep great conversational and speaking skills in gear. Let's explore how a lack of great interpersonal skills hinders a manager's ability to foster aligned, passionate action among team members.
The standard belief about teamwork is that people working together on a common task can achieve much more than each could toiling individually. Why doesn’t that always work out? We can all recall examples of teams that have floundered around dysfunctionally and failed to produce as much as each team member may have done working on their own. What team dynamics drive such disasters? Let's explore the classic impediments to team success, because the path to removing the impediments runs through understanding which issues are holding up your team.