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How About a Personality Make Over?

Think big thoughts.

Today’s business climate creates multiple opportunities for fresh thinking. This time is useful to              break bad habits and learn new leadership skills, and to advance your team. If you are a                              solopreneur or a small company, use this time to analyze what’s working and what can be                         discarded to free up your talent.

Here are several ideas for you:

•  Use this time to spruce up team meetings. Keep them short and to the point.

•  Everyone gets to shine. Have team members bring in something they have pride in and share it                 with the team.

•.   Discuss ethics and how they affect your work. Knowing ethics actually reduces stress because                    everyone knows what to do and how to react.

•.   Find out what terrifies people. Assist them to seek out solutions to calm these fears. You’ll find a healthier team energy when they see you are              willing to help. Find out if there is a company employee assistance program or a community solution. This level of honesty shows how you care            for your team.

•.    Since the year is closing, do an analysis, post-mortem, on what went well and what we could do better next time. What did we learn?

These are some of the ideas a coach can work with you and your team as an objective guide.

 

business coaching, Business Insights, change, coaching, communication, Decision making, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, entrepreneurs, executive, fulfillment, Networking, Performance, Service, Shared Leadership, Social Networking, Training & Staff Development

What is Your Catalyst for Change?

Enjoy this excerpt from Business to the Third Power.

What is Your Catalyst for Change?

Consider different outcomes in your decisions.

When working toward a decision, the obvious choice is not always the best outcome.

Being a parent, leader, or business owner can be like “swatting flies!” Can you hear the buzzing now?

Swatting flies is similar to the overload thinking, chattery activity, that swirls in our expanding heads. This swirling creates the buzzing when we haven’t navigated a way to extract or define the information to the outside of our heads!

Part of this “swatting-flies” phenomenon is due to the fact that our biology has not kept pace with our technology™. Our biology is still 10,000 years old! We’re overwhelmed and overstimulated by our surroundings and technology.

What does this have to do with a catalyst for change?

I suggest there is another way to live and manage change; you always suspected there might be. Change is disruptive especially when unexpected. We can prepare for change so the impact can be used to our advantage.

Consider our daily exposures:

  • Too much external stimuli. Constant bombardment of sound pollution, elected or otherwise.
  • Incapacity to process and assimilate information, creates Info Anxiety ™.
  • Not enough rest time (not sleep).
  • Lack of focus due to distractions; fueled by shoulds, have to’s and judgment.
  • Active pursuit of other’s ideas, not our own creating Seepage™* and energy drain.
  • Exposure to deliberate misinformation to cloud personal judgment (urban legends), jokes on email, plausible deniability leaks, etc.)

To begin, I recommend that you create an antidote solution for each bullet item above. Then, continue with your personal items and write the antidotes for them.

What does this have to do with a catalyst for change?

I suggest there is another way to live; you always suspected there might be. Follow me…for a sneak peek into alternatives to contempo-babble, the buzz of contemporary living.

See our companion Field Guide Book Thriving in the Midst of Change under products. It can be your personal advisory board to support your decisions and next moves. Use our book to follow me and the experts at your fingertips.

PS:

I call if a Field Guide Book, much like the military generals use in their operations—you cannot know or remember everything!

Behavior, business coaching, coaching, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Leadership Insights, Training & Staff Development

Transform Managers into Coaches

The easiest way to boost performance is to transform managers into coaches! Poof!

Welcome hand.

Life is full of moving parts.

Easier said than done, I admit. However, here is an easy method to begin the magical transformation.

Define terms

Ask questions like these:

  1. What does a coach do?
  2. What about you would make you a positive coach?
  3. How can you make “room” for mistakes?
    1. Buddy system so they check their own work
    2. Have “lab” sessions to allow people to noodle and doodle their way to a solution.
    3. Encourage engagement around participation rather than having the “right” answer. There may not be a right answer.

Coaching is sharing, not telling.

Build confidence and trust. When a manager coaches rather than directs, the team members are more confident and less likely to feel criticized. They must feel that the manager trusts them to deliver on the promise.

Move from bossing to managing your team. When you present the initial idea and due dates, have the team choose where they can apply their strengths. Have the overview and be sure the team has the tools and expertise required for an optimum outcome. You must assess this before the project starts.

Coaching speaks to investment because the team member is valuable. Every person is responsible for a positive outcome. If people are not equally contributing, allow the team members to bring them along, usually done by the team leader.

Managers must be open to feedback. Grow your team’s performance when they are appreciated and know you expect their feedback and input.

The manager will not only have less interruptions (yeh!), your team will be more productive and innovative when they know their input matters. Be sure to interact with all the “moving parts” of the project. However, don’t just do a status report around the table. Have members explain how their portion of the project interacts with the others. Have them gather to produce a graphic, for example. This builds camaraderie and communication skills, you will enjoy more respect back as you extend it to others.

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