Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

How’s your relationship with your boss?

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

A recent study by Dale Carnegie Training found that fewer than 30 percent of employees are fully engaged at work. But the survey went further, asking those engaged employees what accounts for their engagement. The number one factor? Their relationship with their immediate supervisor.

This isn’t the first time personal relationships have been found to be important for engagement. Gallup research has found the same result for years.

That doesn’t mean managers and direct reports have to go on long walks together or bond over a candlelight dinner. They just have to communicate clearly and authentically, connect, and bring their whole hearts and minds to their workplace relationships.

Your relationship with your boss is one of your most important relationships. Fortunately a great deal is in your control. Keep her fully informed on the status of things, always tell the truth, go above and beyond, and always support her projects.

Most of all, speak positively about your boss. Of course she has flaws…and so do you. Ask for what you need and don’t beat her up for what she isn’t. Bring your higher self to the relationship.

Nurture your relationship with your boss and build trust by hitting your numbers and your deadlines and you will build a relationship that will serve you well all through your career.

Want to succeed?

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Stop blaming the outside world

Jim Harter at Gallup was recently asked what successful organizations have in common. The answer might surprise you.

It isn’t huge financial resources. It isn’t charismatic leaders. It isn’t perfect products or services.

Sure, these things help. But it turns out these are not the deciding factors in success. So what is?

It’s a refusal of employees at every level to use the economy, or any outside circumstances, as an excuse for failure.

The economy will ebb and flow. That’s a guarantee. And across all industries, Harter has found that those companies taking the lows as an excuse to fail are much more likely TO fail than those who, as he puts it, “just leaned into it a bit more.”

Just a bit more!

A recession or tough economy can get into your head like a cancer. And once you have that excuse, it’s easy to let yourself fall short of success.

But if you want to join the winners, don’t find excuses outside of yourself. Meet the inevitable challenges, and lean in!

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Have you ever ordered a pizza, the guy on the phone said it would be an hour, and it shows up in 40 minutes. You’re pumped! But if he promised 30 minutes and it came in 40, you’d be ticked off, even though the result was the same.

Or how about the last time you ordered a widget over the internet? They said it’d arrive in 7-10 business days. When it comes on Day 5, you are one happy customer.

Coincidence? Not a chance. Maybe you’re just lucky? Not unless everybody else is too.

Companies that beat their own promises know exactly what they’re doing. Under-Promise and Over-Deliver.

That way, the same result becomes a pleasant surprise and your stock goes up in the eyes of the customer.

Have a great Monday!


Work Like Your Life Depends on It

Monday, December 8th, 2014

When winners are studied—in sports, business, or any other area of life—they consistently display the same attitudes and practices. One of the most important is working or playing like their lives depend on it.

For a winner in sports, every practice, every game, and every action taken is intensely committed.

And what about the business world? A survey measuring efficiency in the workplace found that the average worker operates at about 50 percent capacity.

Worse yet, the average manager uses only 30 percent of his or her time in an effective manner.

Winners understand that every moment, every transaction, and every decision is an opportunity to score big, whether you’re on the football field, in the board room, or playing the game of life… play big!

Critical Thinking Skills

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A recent study of executives showed that their number one concern is not having people with the critical thinking skills to fill the corner offices.

Another study showed that the average American student shows zero increase in critical thinking skills after four years of college. Whoa! No wonder employers are worried!

But critical thinking has to be more than a vague buzzword, and that starts by knowing what it is and isn’t.

Critical thinking is not about what you know, but how you think. It’s the systematic attempt to avoid errors in reasoning, especially errors that creep in because of our own biases and preferences. Everybody has those biases, but a critical thinker knows how to counter them effectively.

Done right, critical thinking can be the secret weapon that allows for massive effectiveness and powerful results and returns for your organization, and for your career.