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Over-communicating

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

 

 

Over-communicating

Everyone thinks that their organization has a communication problem. And it’s true, but isn’t it funny that the word communication doesn’t say much? Because you don’t know what the communication issue really is.

Is it that information doesn’t pass up through the organization, or down through the organization, or through the organization, or is it that we don’t work through conflict well? What is the real communication issue?

Well, I will tell you one communication issue you can address yourself, and that is keeping your supervisor and your team appraised of what’s going on.

If there’s a customer issue, let people know; if there’s a project breakdown, let people know; if there’s a deadline about to not be hit, let people know. Because in the absence of information, real breakdown happens.

So today, decide to be an over-communicator. and bring that to work with you every day.

Is someone really bugging you at work?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

 

Is someone really bugging you at work? That happens, doesn’t it? It’s happened to all of us. Okay, I’m going to tell you something you may not want to hear. According to Carl Jung, who basically is the founder of modern psychology, he says that whatever bugs you about somebody else speaks more about the work you need to do on yourself. He says it’s a displaced part of you. Hmm. I know you didn’t want to hear that part.

You see, we all have all good things within us, and we all have the bad things within us. But if someone is driving you crazy and every encounter with them is kind of like fingernails going down the chalkboard, know this: It probably has to do a lot more with you than about them.

So the last thing you want to do is complain about them, because you’re just revealing your own stuff. Instead, go have a productive conversation and ask for a behavior and listen to their responses with kindness in your heart and an opening in your spirit for a better relationship between the two. It’s your fastest path to your personal growth. What an opportunity to see people in the best light and realize that it’s okay to be human and imperfect. It’s part of the deal for everyone.

Do you see the world as easy or hard?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

Do you see the world as easy or hard? It’s going to make a difference in your results. You see, I grew up on a dairy farm. We milked cows. We came home from school and had chores that would go until late evening. We worked all through the summers, through the heat. It was hard, hard, hard work. So now, when I’m working in an office and somebody asks me to do something, I think, “That’ll be easy,” because in contrast, I haven’t worked a day in my life since I got off the dairy farm. You see, it’s how you perceive the world, whether it’s hard or easy, that will make it either hard or easy. Our worldview shapes our results.

So I’ll never forget a time when a friend of mine taught me this. She said, “Every time someone asks you to do something, ask yourself this, What would I do after I hit the easy button?” Brilliant! You see, all of us can ask ourselves, “Instead of complicating this in my head and instead of feeling burdened by something, what if I interpreted this as being in the flow, and creating the results, and making it happen?”

How to create healthy distance in your workplace

Monday, July 17th, 2017

 

Do you have healthy distance in the workplace? What is healthy distance?

It means that you get to disagree in a productive way. Some of the best organizations I’ve always worked with, the executives will always say to me — “It’s almost like a bloodbath when we come in and we discuss an idea; but when we walk out, we are holding hands and singing kumbaya. We make it safe to disagree, and nobody does the pouting or complaining or your are not listening to me or play any of the mind games”.

Instead, they stay in the game and attack problems and never people, and no one gets to play the victim.

Are you someone who is bringing healthy dissidence to the game? Both in challenging ideas, not people and allowing yourself to be challenged in a way that you are productively making it safe for that to happen. By doing that, you will create much better ideas, and much better results.

Enjoy the path to healthy distance.

Are you breathing life into life?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

 

In life, I find people are either breathing life into life or they’re sucking it out, and at every moment of every day, you’re that person. You’re never creating a neutral experience. So when you’re given the chance to deal with something, realize that no matter how bad it is, you could be approaching it in a way where you’re breathing life into life, and saying, “Okay, that happened. Not so good. We’ve got to recover on this one. What are we going to do?”

Notice how different that is compared to, “Oh, my gosh. Nobody told me this. This is never going to work. Nobody ever cares about me.” Hear the difference? Be the person who has a spirit that conquers all and is bringing positive energy to the team as being the person they can count on to always bring a good and happy, unconquerable attitude to work every day.