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.)
Jared Brox identifies four leadership traits that can keep your employees from performing at their optimum level. At times in my coaching, I work with individuals who are receiving directives from above and I can assure you that Jared Brox has hit on key points that leave people shaking their heads, burning themselves out, becoming less engaged and eventually leaving the company. If you want to support your people to continue to be enthusiastic, high performing assets to your company, make sure you’re not exhibiting these behaviors.
I’ve just come back from a week of vacation where my time was very fluid. My husband and I agreed that we would spend the week as if we were retired. Fun! Lots of Self and Inspiring time that Simon Tyler speaks of below. I chose not to participate in Drain time. Now that I’m back at work, I’m going to put time on my calendar for Self and Inspiring so that I continue investing my time wisely.
As I mentioned last week, many of my clients are receiving and delivering performance reviews. This can be a stressful time where people might be on the defensive about what they are saying or hearing. What if you entered the review with an open manner, used Steve Straus’s question and really meant it?
This week, Resource Development Company provides Jack Zenger’s top 10 Rules for becoming a great leader. I liked this summary because it seems so achievable! Most of the rules are about people skills, interacting with others and treating people well. Great reminder to put your people first.
As a business owner, do you have a positive attitude? Do you believe in your people, your company, and your success? Peter Wilkinson reminds us of the power of positive attitude and what you can do to promote it for your people.
While celebrating my birthday on Sunday, I had a surprise visit from my son, James. He and I were on the phone catching up and sharing our plans for the day. When I asked him where he was, he turned the corner into my bedroom with a big grin on his face and said, “Right here, Mom!” You have to love these kids! As I was thinking about my message to begin this week’s Tip, I looked out the window to see, once again, the snow falling. Taking Loren Ekroth’s words to heart to start with “News and Goods”, I chose to share my birthday surprise rather than lament about the weather. And to remind all of us here in the Northern Hemisphere that there are only six weeks until Spring!
One of my values is clarity. When I hear something I don’t understand, I ask for clarification. The responses I get to this request range from really funny to really rich. Some people give the same response only louder while others elaborate so that I have a deeper understanding of what the person meant by their words. Natalie Manor reminds us of the importance of clear communication.
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.
The PaperRoom Process that I offer to my clients is about gaining access to your perceptions, beliefs, habits, expectations and assumptions, which leads to greater awareness. This week’s Tip by John McGuire and Gary Rhodes reminds us what is possible when we “get a bigger mind”.