Is someone at work pushing your buttons? Does this lead you to frustration and anger? This week’s Tip describes a simple process to follow that changes your reaction and the outcome.
When you delegate a job to one of your staff, why don’t you get back what you asked for? One way to get closer at hitting 100% on your requests is to be clear in your communication. Natalie Manor’s Tip this week is a great reminder about creating that clarity.
Last week while I was on vacation in NH. I had time for long conversations as life for me moved a bit slower, people listened a bit longer and it was a joy. Coming back to work on Monday, I noticed that I wasn’t so appreciative of the wonderful twists and turns and openings that occur in longer conversations. I wanted people to get to the point! This week’s Tip by Loren Ekroth has me wonder, during these days of 24/7, might a powerful communication strategy for you be to talk less?
I burst out laughing when I read this article from Simon Tyler as the power had just come back to my home office after being out for 24 hours thanks to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. I woke up on Monday morning thinking and planning about how I was going to get my work done with no electricity. On the way home after an hour at the library, I noticed the traffic lights were working again. I crossed my fingers – hoping, hoping, hoping that the power would be on when I got home and IT WAS! There was nothing I could do to bring the electricity back any faster. I had to allow things to work out in that department. And they did! Thank you NStar and anyone else who had a hand in bringing back my electricity!
Many of my clients have been reporting contentious conversation with coworkers and direct reports. Maybe it’s the heat of summer, although we’ve had beautiful weather this week here in MA. In the ’70s during the day! This week’s Tip from Angie and Courtney has you consider the other person’s perspective before jumping into defending your own position. Great advice on how to keep your cool!
I know that here in Massachusetts, personal and professional growth is important to individuals. When I open my computer inbox each morning, there are half a dozen offers from networking groups, training companies and well known authors sharing their upcoming seminar to help me become better at some aspect of myself. Some of these are very affordable while some come with a hefty price tag. This week’s tip by Chris Widener shares how you can use these offerings to motivate your employees.
This is a great Tip for sales people by the authors, Bob Burg and John Mann. How many times have you been “turned off” by sales people who wouldn’t keep their mouths shut? Bob and John offer an alternative to talking… listening.
“I want more confidence!” These are the words of many of my clients when they first start coaching with me. As Natalie Manor describes in this week’s Tip, sometimes you have to “fake it ‘til you make it.”
This week’s Tip by Jon Gordon provides tools for reframing the way you look at work situations. What’s the point in complaining about work? It drags down your energy (and the energy of those around you) and doesn’t provide solutions. It would be more productive to use this energy to create solutions. (see #3.)
The holidays are over. We’ve taken some time to kick back and relax, and our business and personal goals are set for the year. We’re relaxed, energized and working through what is most important each day. Wait! Is that how you feel? Maybe on New Year’s Day, but today??? Has the stress in your life crept back in or come back with the force of Nor’easter like winds? Michael Neill reminds us that we can control the stress in our life and it may be easier than you think.