Cognitive flexibility is particularly affected by sleep deprivation, much more so than most other cognitive processes involved in decision-making. Why is that critical? Because cognitive flexibility is considered a key executive function. Thinking and acting well in a crisis, for instance. So, get more sleep.
The end of March is the first big milestone of the business year. It’s time to run your first in-depth check-in with your team, as a group and individually, to realign purpose and energy with your goals. Here are some areas of focus for your discussions as you work together to plan out a highly productive second quarter of 2018.
Measure, track and review results with every employee each month, not just the laggards. Reviewing every employee’s progress toward mutually set goals is much more effective in building the high-engagement team culture you seek.
Expressions of gratitude make great employee engagement tools. And they are not a great burden on managers to make it a core part of their leadership tool kit. Let's review six simple ways to show appreciation at work.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review disparaged small talk as an effective leadership tool. We disagree. Used judiciously, small talk sets the table for more open, trusting, respectful business conversations between boss and subordinate. Click through for our explanation.
Strong leadership tries to expose the hidden biases that negatively impact decision-making. You must model honesty and transparency as productive behaviors, and seek the same from the people who work with you. You want true information, good and bad, so that you all can pour more energy into good ideas. How to battle biases? Click through for our thoughts.
A recent study found that professional people prefer e-mail communications to in-person conversations. Why would they find e-mails more efficient than actual conversations with collaborators? Let's explore a few possible reasons why.
It is time to schedule your Spring team outing. Bonding is critical for unleashing every team member’s full contribution, to maximize team performance. The best bonding happens outside of the stress and hustle of the workplace.
March Madness happens next week in offices across America. How can managers take advantage of this annual cultural event to build employee and team engagement? Start by giving staff permission to participate, and have a conversation about balancing the fun with the work that still needs doing all week. And join in!
Explore four key reasons that employees are disengaged at work, understand why these conditions may exist, and read about possible avenues leadership can take to cure those conditions. Start with a click to open the article!